(Closed) Holiday party menu-help!

posted 5 years ago in Parties
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It all sounds amazing. My mouth is watering. I would keep it all! That might be my hunger speaking.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

ummm wait are you having all of that or are you looking for suggestions on what to cut? 

I love smoked salmon so I wouldn’t complain.  Ham is also very holiday-ish!

If you’re looking to cut something you could cut a cheese out (one kind) and maybe do 2 quesadilla options instead of 1 (or even just 1 quesadilla option).  You could cut 1 cupcake option too.  Now…you don’t have to cut any of it because it all sounds great.  But if you’re looking to save some $ by cutting some things I think those would be easy to do.

Can I come???!

All of that sounds amazing!  And it is definitely a lot of food in my opinion!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@vanessa7:  

I would cut the quesadillas since everything else can be served cold, and quesadillas you have to make fresh to keep hot.

If you are looking to serve something hot, meatballs in a slowcooker are always a winner. πŸ™‚

If you’re going to serve ham, you probably want fresh buns so people can make sandwiches – fancy mustard too. Unless you’re going for warm ham, but that’s more like a meal. 

On the same note, think about how you’re going to serve the smoked salmon. Is it going with the cheese and crackers? If it’s not obvious how it could be eaten, it probably won’t be. 

I don’t think getting the cake pops from Starbucks is tacky, but probably really expensive!

What I don’t see is any type of fresh fruits or veggies – fruit and veggie platters are easy and always go over well. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think usually smoked salmon is served on bread with the garnishes you mentioned.

I think you’re safe assuming you could feed about 20 people with each option if there are enough options. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@red_pepper_gal:  +1 to this.

@vanessa7: not only does it make sense to cut the quesadillas in a practical sense, they don’t fit with your vintage/classy theme as well as smoked salmon, ham, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail,  roasted vegetables, proscuitto wrapped asparagus, Cranberrry-brie bruschetta, and all the other good stuff you mentioned. I’m not sure you need crab cakes AND salmon AND shrimp cocktail. if i were you i’d cut teh crab cakes and keep the 2 seafood options that do not require much prep, the shrimp cocktail and smoked salmon. one tip– don’t put all the shrimp cocktail out at once, have extra in the fridge so you can refill with cold shrimp a few times over the course of the evening/your guests grazing. no one wants warm shrimp cocktail!

also, love the fresh bun idea with the ham. biscuits are another option, but that’s the southerner in me speaking. if you’re gonna let them make sandwiches then maybe put the cheese close by?

i saw smoked salmon with some black russian-style bread and fancy whipped cream cheese once at a wedding. GREAT. people liked it with some thinly sliced red onion and tomato as well.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@vanessa7:  how many cupcakes are you planning for 30 guests? if you have enough cupcakes then those who want more desserts can go back for seconds and you can make in impressive display. Also, you can do some candy that you don’t have to make if you want. (Classics like red and geen m&m’s in a bowl, or reeses, or jordan almonds) if you’re thinking about fruit and you want more desserts, what about chocolate dipped strawberries? put on a plate with regular strawberries? And maybe a sprinkling of kiwi because no one really goes nuts about it?

Yes, I think that’s enough food but I don’t think the adults will be hands-off about the chickfila. I think if you get any kind of fried food then everyone will want it after a glass or two of wine!

whether or not to include the ham is a budget and timing question. what time is your party? if it’s after 8 then i would not expect dinner, as a guest.

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