Post # 1
I will be holding the tea ceremony at my bridal suite about 2 hours prior to the actual ceremony. The suite is only about 100 ft from the venue itself where the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner reception will be. I anticipate my tea ceremony to be about an hour followed by family pics. It will be roughly about 3 hours before any of the guests will see food. So, my question is, should I have a tray of cakes/desserts with coffee/tea or should I do a candy buffet and sugar up all the guests so nobody falls asleep? I anticipate about 70-85 people will show up for the tea ceremony, but if I had the hotel cater the food, it will be a minimal of $20 per head and I would rather not go that route. So what would you rather have? Candy or cake as a snack?
Post # 3
I’m assuming the relative attending the tea ceremony will be older asian people, so maybe you get a box or two of little cakes from a chinese bakery? I don’t know if you have a Taipan or the like in your area but I know my relatives don’t have much of a sweet tooth for sugar candies.
Post # 4
i second the cake recommendation. people might get too much of a sugar high off of candy and crash in the midst of the wedding ceremony later.
Post # 5
i agree with everyone. the people most likely to attend are your older relatives and i don’t think they would have much of a sweet tooth for the candy. cakes and desserts could be more appropriate if you tried getting them from an asian bakery, something that would be more familiar to them.
Post # 6
I agree with Ikao81, my family does not have much of a sweet tooth either. I would definately do some type of water/teas to quench the thirst of the guest, however the cakes are a good idea, I might throw in some veggies w/dip or a fruit platter that you can pick up at your local supermarket on the fly. As for an hour tea ceremony, it really depends on how many people you need to present tea to. In the past tea ceremony’s I’ve been to they took much much longer than an hour. But this is just something to think about.
Good Luck and Congrats!
Post # 7
Hmmm…I never considered the chinese bakery cakes before, but that’s an idea. I won’t be anywhere near a chinese bakery the day of so depending on how they "store" overnight without a fridge…it may be an option. Thanks ladies for the ideas!
Post # 8
I like the idea of having a fruit of veggie platter..or maybe even some little finger/tea sandwiches. It gives guests something to munch on without giving them a sugar rush.
Post # 9
I’m kinda with the "no sugar rush"idea. People can "crash" after having too much.
Id’ say offer cakes, but a non sugar filled option as well.
Post # 10
Fortune cookies and other senbei (um, shoot…those are sweet-ish Japanese cookies, basically similar to what fortune cookies are made of, but they come in different flavors, like ginger, plain, etc.) and Asian-y snacks — peanut candy, etc….is there an Asian market near you? A lot of that stuff will last since it’s pre-packaged anyway, and some of it comes in those ginormous econo buckets. You could put them out on pretty trays. (The advantage w/ the Asian snacks is that they’re slightly sweet, but not overly so…something about they don’t have cane sugar there, which is sweeter.) Oh, those Chinese preserved fruit candies…hm. Now I’m hungry…
Post # 11
we had the moon cakes and besides, it’s Chinese tradition to serve sweet food/pastries to your relatives/family so they will say sweet things about you and your husband!