Post # 1
Well, I’m hungry and bored and my brain is locked on wedding stuff. So while I was here, I thought I’d ask. What do you guys think of our food for the wedding? We don’t have much money, so catering really was out. After talking to my mom and FMIL we decided that a DIY kind of buffet would be the easiet and cheapest. We’re going to hire a few college kids to come finalized the food so it’ll be ready after the ceremony. Anyway, here it is:
Spaghetti (or possible penne) with marinara sauce
Fetticune with alfredo sauce
Meatballs (hommeade….SOOO good)
Is that enough? We’ll have cake and a few appitizers of cheese and fruit before while pictures are going on. It’s simple and probably not AMAZING, but it’s what we can afford and I think it’ll taste pretty good.
Post # 3
I think it sounds great. What I would suggest is maybe doing penne and alfredo noodles and then letting people put whichever sauce they choose on it themselves. I suggest this for multiple reasons… 1. some people like me are messy and prefer how easy penne noodles are to eat (but I would want penne with alfredo sauce) and 2. people like different amounts of sauce..
The only thing I MIGHT suggest if you can afford it is maybe add some grilled chicken or something? That is the meat typically eaten with alfredo (that or shrimp).
Post # 4
It sounds delicious. I’m pregnant… and now I want to go home and make this.
Post # 5
@Brooklyn55: Oo, chicken! I hadn’t even thought of that!
Post # 6
@thisorderistall: i think you need to have more options. therefore, like @Brooklyn55: said, have the sauces separate.
i would suggest doing 2 different pasta choices (1 short, 1 long) and 2 sauce choices, marinara and alfredo. guest will also be able to make a blush sauce with these two. meatballs are great but perhaps 1 more meat, grilled chicken or shrimp. i also love grilled veggies with my pasta.
lasagna is also a really great buffet item that can be made ahead of time and usually very inexpensively.
overall, it does sound good. i love pasta but some people don’t so that’s why i would keep the components separate. they could just have meatballs and bread.
Post # 7
@mypinkshoes: yeah, that hadn’t occured to me. Now that you guys mention it, I think the separates are definitly the way to go. Plus, like you said not everyone likes pasta…but meatballs + bread + marinara sauce = meatball sandwhich, BAM!
Post # 8
Sounds delicious to me! 🙂
Post # 9
Sounds yummy!!!! Love homemade meatballs
Post # 10
The menu sounds great esp if you add chicken or shrimp as mentioned by the PP. Just please make sure you have sturdy plates. I went to a wedding where the bride and groom did a similar set up. It was great until one of the guest’s paper plates sort of folded under the liquidness of the sauce and splattered all over him!
Post # 11
@thisorderistall: It sounds pretty amazing. I’d take homemade meatballs over most wedding dinners any day. I think a pasta station would be really fun, where you have all the pasta, sauces and meats separate and let people mix and match.
Post # 12
i saw a thread over in the cooking forum for no nead artisan bread and i read on that blog its .40¢ a batch and it makes large batches. instead of buying the bread you could make up the dough a week before and then tghe day before bake the dough in indivual loaves. a special touch and lower cost..
Post # 13
@VossinatorsButterfly: I’ll definitly have to look into that! Sounds like it’d work great for what I want, thanks so much!
Post # 14
do a test run first to make sure its something you really want to do. i havent tried to make it yet but i cant waitto try
Post # 15
Sounds great to me! I agree with PPs to serve the pasta and sauces separate. And add chicken if you can. If possible I’d also add a hot veggie like long green beans. But this seems like a good menu for a DIY buffet, because it can all be done in bulk and in avance. Just practice the recipes to be sure you like them and know how to make them in bulk!