Vege-friendly, self-cater friendly food ideas for backyard reception

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
7290 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Quiches, frittata and slices with salads. That way you do not need to heat anything and just keep things in the fridge. Also easy to set up and serve and clean up. you can pre make them and freeze them as well.

Also if you don’t want to serve meat as vegetarians then don’t serve it. Most people won’t even notice if serving things like quiche.


Post # 3
195 posts
Blushing bee

If you’re having a sundae bar,  I’m assuming you’re cheese/milk/egg eating vegetarians. 

What are you meaning by that you’re limited by having an evening wedding? Four words: extension cord and borrowed crockpots. Anything needing to be kept warm can be, anything needing to be kept cold can be kept on a bed of ice in a casserole dish or something, with the actual dish itself on top. 

A few ideas for you, perhaps (and of course not all together) :

-Pasta with sauces (can be made veg by skipping meat sauces)

-Macaroni and cheese (easy to prepare in the crock pot)

-Pasta and potato salads, coleslaw, grilled veggies



I would really go for the pasta idea, if you’re in somebody’s backyard they probably own a stove, and making 4 different stock pots of pasta on a stove is no big deal, we do that for family reunions all the time. And with borrowed crock pots, you can have sauce hot and on the table ready to go when the pasta is finished.<br /><br />You can do pesto, alfredo, marinara and if someone like me LOVES their meat sauce, you can make it with fake ground beef. The beef in meat sauce is more for texture than anything.

Then by adding salads, grilled veggies and bread options for your guests, you’re giving them a bit of diversity. The no meat thing isn’t really what would be the issue, it’d be ‘no choices’ or ‘weird choices’. They’re familiar recipes that are just meatless, not something entirely new and different, which would be the main cause of the ‘upset that there’s no meat’ thing, I think.


Post # 4
1300 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

I say picnic under the stars.  Your possibilities are almost limitless.  We originally wanted to have a picnic under the stars.   However, his parents are in their 80s.  His dad uses a walker and my mom a scooter.  

Post # 5
1192 posts
Bumble bee

Nothing wrong with an evening picnic! Frittatas are great picnic food. And you can make some really good hearty salads too with roast veggies and typical things like potato salad (no bacon!) and cold pastas. Or you could do the BBQ thing and serve up some great veggie or portobello mushroom burgers with grilled veggies and fries. I don’t think people will miss having meat for one meal, as long as they’re not just getting served green salad!

Post # 6
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

becca89:  I love meat but if the couple are vegetarian I would not be expecting meat at their wedding… I second the pasta idea , no-one misses the meat when it’s pasta… Personally pastas, a couple of salads and some breads would make me a very happy guest…

Post # 7
50 posts
Worker bee

Our solution is an Indian buffet. Indian vegetarian food is soo good and it’s easy to add a grilled meat dish or meat curry for those who want it. But we are in the UK where we can be confident everyone likes Indian food :

if your vegetarians eat cheese there are some great veggie BBQ options. Grilled haloumi of course, and I have a fantastic recipe for feta marinaded in garlic and herbs, then wrapped in foil with red onion cumin marmalade and grilled. On nom nom

Since you will probably have separate meat and veggie bbqs, the easiest way to make sure meat does not dominate is to make the veggie one bigger 😉



Post # 8
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Cadillac mountain

Taco bar maybe? Espeically if you included some bean options 🙂

Post # 9
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Since it’s planned for evening I would do a dinner buffet.  What about a cheese or veggie and cheese lasagna?  You can make ahead and then reheat in the oven/put in a chafing dish.  You could pair that with a more extensive pasta bar as mentioned above for more options (maybe with alfredo, marinara, and pesto), garden salad, garlic bread, and roasted vegetables.  I doubt many people would even notice there was no meat on the menu.

Post # 10
3623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

becca89:  I just was at an all vegetarian wedding full of people who couldn’t imagine a meal without meat. They all were complementary of the food and were surprised that they liked it. I’m in favor of having a vegetarian wedding if you both are vegetarians.


I would do a salads buffet: potato, 3 bean, pasta with pesto, and the like. They are all super filling and work nicely with sandwiches. I’d probably do hummus and vegetables,  portabella,  and tomato and mozzarella. All normal, yummy options. 


Post # 11
1201 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

becca89:  I think the picnic under the stars idea is very cute and romantic. If you’re vege yourselves you’ll know how to put on a delicious vegetarian spread, the worst vegetarian food is made by meat eaters with no imagination. Spinach,  pumpkin, feta and pinenuts makes for a tasty, filling salad. If you’re ovolacto vegetarians then quiche is also a great option. Someone else mentioned pasta…which is a great option. Another point is that precooked bbq chickens can be an easy way for you to offer some meat if you choose that kind of meal (but only if you want to! ). Happy food planning!

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