Post # 1
I am having a very small (30 people or less), casual wedding reception in a cabin I am renting in the mountains (at a national park). I really want to DIY the food, but my FI thinks that would stress me out and after careful consideration, I agree!
There are few catering options where I am at. I am thinking of 5-7 appetizers during cocktail hour on a deck of a different cabin. Something like this:
veggies, cheese, nuts Spanakopita Baked Goat Cheese
Smoked trout crostini
Flatbread Turkey and Meat Carving station – Sandwiches
Chocolate covered strawberries
BUT what I need help with is the buffet!!! I am only listing the other stuff so you can see quantity. I am also having a smores bar, a candy buffet, and cheesecakes. LOTS of alcohol. My people are more snackers/drinkers than sit-down eaters.
So… here is what is in question. This is what the catering company offers for $27 pp:
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans Casino Green beans lightly sautéed in our garlic butter.
Assorted French Bistro Rolls and Butter
French Roast Coffee and Decaffeinated Coffee House-made Lemonade and Iced Tea
I personally don’t like green beans, and I don’t think we need the fruit salad or even chicken. But I would love to hear your opinions.
- What would you suggest changing, if anything?
- What would you suggest taking out, if anything?
- What would you suggest adding, if anything?
***Please consider I want the budget to go down, not up!***
Post # 3
I would want some sort of vaguely exciting salad… rocket and mixed greens with tomatoes, black olives, pine nuts, and avocados, for example? Also, a more exciting variety of vegetables would be nice.
The cheese, nuts, and baked goat’s cheese all sound lovely.
It is very hard to think of what you could swap out without knowing exactly how they are doing the food, if that makes any sense. My advice would be to picture it all in your head (which you can do better than I because of the tastings you’ve been to) and think about all the colours. If the buffet has lots of different colours and textures, I think you’re onto a winner (colours + textures = variety).
Post # 4
@rusticbee2014: I like it as is. it’s hard to help since I don’t know what the other choices are and price points
Post # 5
@Rachel631: Thanks! I haven’t been to any tastings yet, it’s a destination wedding… But I do agree on the salad needing to be more exciting.
Great tip on the color and texture variety!
Post # 6
@W292737: I know what you mean! I don’t really know what they could swap with either, they haven’t given me options – just the set buffet. I suppose I could make suggestions but I am drawing a blank besides the better salad suggested above!
Post # 7
@rusticbee2014: they didn’t give youa full list? ours gave us a listing and it was basically pick 2 of these, 1 of those, 3 of these.. type thing. lol
Post # 8
@W292737: No, they gave me 3 buffet options – one that was simpler than this (without the fruit, chicken, and garden pasta for only 2 dollars less), and another BBQ seafood option and I don’t want an all seafood buffet! I’d love to pick and choose! Maybe that’s why I am feeling a bit stumped
Post # 9
@rusticbee2014: if the lesser was only a $2 per person savings for that much less, I’d stick with this one. can you mayeb save else where in your budget?
Post # 10
I think it looks great. If you know you have red meat eaters I think you could get rid of the chicken or pasta. I also think it would be okay to cut the fruit salad if you want. If you don’t like green beans you could ask to switch to broccoli or asparagus. But green beans are nice because most people like them (but obviously not all!).
Post # 11
Are you going to taste the food? It all sounds really good…um but I am hungry and have been drinking a bit. !! I love green beans. I love them especially when they are “lightly sauteed”…which is why I wonder if they honestly lightly sautee them or whether they cook them to death.
I think it all sounds good except the chocolate covered strawberries.
Post # 12
@peachacid: Good feedback! The chocolate covered strawberries are kinda pricey so maybe I will cut that out since there are dessert options already!
@JenGirl: maybe i will see if they can do asparagus (if they are in season)
@W292737: that’s what i was thinking… that’s a lot more food for 60 bucks total difference! I was just wondering if it was bland and boring but it looks like people are liking it!
Post # 13
I think its a great menu as is.
Candy bar,s’mores and cheesecake girl I’m in heaven 🙂
Post # 14
@Holly77: YES!!!! So happy to hear that!
Post # 15
@rusticbee2014: sounds awesome, I would remove choc strawberries (even though I love them, but its more of a dessert then an appetiser), and remove fruit salad as you have so many other dessrt choices. I would also remove the garden pasta depending on how it is seasoned and what it comes with as have had garden pasta that is quite plain and people might not need it. Everything else sounds amazing to me.
Post # 16
Honestly I think it is really great!