Post # 1
We want to have a fairly informal, hopefully not-too-expensive, engagement party focusing on champagne, desserts, fresh fruit, and dessert cheeses. We can’t afford to feed people a meal (need to save $ for wedding reception next year!) and so don’t want it to be too close to lunch (so people arrive hungry expecting “real food”) or too close to dinner time (so people are hungry for “real food” &/or their dinner appetite is ruined …).
Suggestions on time?
Post # 3
I’d do after dinner… like 8pm. sounds like a nice party!
Post # 4
7 or 8pm and specify dessert on the invite. Tarts (you can make the shells earlier in the week and fill them the afternoon of–or paint the inside with chocolate so the filling won’t make them soggy), chocolate strawberries, cheese can be expensive, but a selection of fruit would be nice–maybe skewers. Trader Joes has amazing truffles which you could put in little cups for a fancy serving option For daytime, I’d say 2pm.
Post # 5
also here is a yummy and easy appetizer
Post # 6
I would even do a late afternoon thing- like 2:30…. that way people can have a lite dinner… and if you do it in the summer, it will be gorgeous!
Post # 7
I agree with after dinner – nobody will expect dinner if it starts at 8pm!
Post # 8
Mid-afternoon. No one expects a full meal that time of day. Be aware that many people cannot stand champagne and most will go to waste. Also, many people do not like the taste combination of sweets and alcohol at all, and serving just alcohol with only sweets will make you drunk instantly (sugar on an empty stomach makes alcohol enter the blood stream much faster than it would normally). Skip the champagne and serve non-alcoholic beverages instead. Coffee, tea, lemonade, virgin frozen drinks, hot cocoa, whatever you and your guests enjoy.
Post # 10
Hi: You had a great menu lined up already. I would say 3:00 or 8:00 would do it and people would know that it is not dinner. You may want your invitation to say “cocktails and sweets”; or “cocktails and Vienesse pastry table”
What about coffee/tea? Will you be serving either?
You need to be careful about liability when serving alcohol.
Have a lovely party and let us know what you decided!