Post # 1
Okay this is what I have so far. There will be around 40-70 guests. We are preparing the food ourselves with the help of some family. What else should I add for sides?What are some main meal ideas?
Veggie Trays— celery, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, green olives, black olives, pickles, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, cherry tomatoes
*Dips—Ranch Dip, Guacamole Dip
~~~Idea—place dips in hollowed out bell peppers
Cheese & Cracker Trays— ritz crackers, club crackers, swiss cheese, chedar cheese, monteray jack cheese, summer sausage
Salad/Baked Potato Bar
Drinks: Sodas, Waters, Juice (for the children) Sweet & Un-sweet tea
Dessert: Wedding Cake, Blackberry Cobbler, New York Cheese Cake
Post # 4
Is there anything you are considering as main dishes? What kind of reception are you having or what feeling are looking for?
Post # 5
I have no idea what I want to serve. Nothing to simple but nothing to hard. I am having an outdoor wedding and indoor reception in the Spring.
Post # 6
Check out restaurant’s web pages, they’ll have some good ideas.
We are having beef tenderloin/crabcake and stuffed mushrooms.
Post # 7
Hmm, it seems like you’re serving sort of comfort foods that would be served at family parties (which I think is awesome!) Maybe think of some dishes that would be served at family gatherings (in your family) and go from there?
Post # 8
Roasted chicken (like a whole chicken cut into section, bone in) is always good and super easy, but still delicious. And I would think budget friendly. Maybe Kabobs, chicken or beef. Pulled pork would be easy too, you can cook that in crockpots and transfer into a different dish, super easy,not time consuuming, good, and feeds a lot of people. I don’t know if any of that would work. Good luck!
Post # 9
How about a chicken dish? Chicken marsala, chicken parm, and lemon chicken are usually crowd pleasers, and probably not terribly difficult to prepare for a group that size.
You can’t go wrong with a nice big vat of rigatoni or some other pasta, either.
Post # 10
i’m having a spring wedding at our dinner we are serving baked chicken topped with some sort of mushroom and cheese melt, a spring salad (apricots, strawberries, all kinds of greens, along with a raspberry vinegret), baked berad rolls and fettucine choice of alfredo or marinera sauce
Post # 11
Some ideas that are minimal work and can be made ahead of time:
Pulled pork with rolls and toppings: coleslaw, pickles, extra BBQ sauce, etc. (people can create their own pulled pork sandwich). Sides: macaroni salad, coleslaw, baked beans and corn.
Pasta dishes that freeze and reheat well: baked ziti, stuffed shells (could do several different kinds: 4-cheese, cheese and sausage, mushroom and spinach), lasagna (could do with and without meat)
“Upscale” BBQ Bar: have burgers, chicken, steak, etc. and a topping bar with your regular toppings and maybe some different toppings like bacon, blue cheese or gorganzola crumbles, Guinness BBQ sauce, sautéed onions and mushrooms, avocado slices
Taco bar: have several fillings (ground beef, carne asada meat, chicken and wilted green), then a toppings bar with several different salsas (a salsa verde, some fruit salsas, a tomatillo salsa), avocado slices, onions, cheese, block olives, warm tortillas, etc.
Post # 12
I second the Taco/BBQ bar ideas… you could do a pasta bar/food station as well. They all sound easy to prep and guests should be happy with a variety to choose from!