Post # 1
We are having a brunch buffet reception. From about 11:30 to 12:30 we’ll be having a “cocktail” hour, but we were thinking we would just have some pastries, coffee, tea, juice, and maybe a bowl of alcoholic punch. Would you expect more? Any suggestions, or is that okay? We’ll be eating at 1, and we’re giving everyone 2 drink tickets for the reception, and there will be a cash bar afterwards.
Post # 4
I think that would be great. Maybe throw some mimosas into the plan?
Post # 5
Yes, it’s a bit early for drinking so I think the punch is good.
What about soda? I really really like soda more than juice.
Post # 6
I think that sounds good.
I have always wanted to go to a brunch reception. I love me some mimosas.
Post # 7
I think that’s fine for a brunch “cocktail” hour. I wouldn’t be drinking any alcohol that early in the day, even for lunch at 1pm. What kind of pastries are you thinking? I wouldn’t be all that happy if the only things available were high in sugar like donuts, etc, especially not if my kids were invited. Maybe you could offer a crepe station? Crepes can be filled with fruit, syrups, and other sugary things, or you can offer scrambled eggs and bacon to fill them. Just a thought!
Post # 8
One of the best parts about brunch is mimosas, so I’d might offer a few pitchers of those instead of punch. Otherwise, sounds great! I think the food options are totally fine for the “cocktail hour,” too!
Post # 9
I think that’s totally fine. I second the mimosa suggestion. Yum.
Also, I would like to hear the more about the drink ticket thing. Is this really the most efficient way to get the biggest bang for the buck? Are you paying for the tickets (aka drinks) even if someone doesn’t use? Or does a turned in ticket equal what you are paying for? If it is the former, don’t you think a bar tab that closes would be the better choice. My dad doesn’t drink, for example, and that would be two wasted tickets (and I know people trade them but I don’t think one can count on that).
Post # 10
Mimosa’s would be better than the punch, IMHO.
Also, if you just have some fresh fruit – even just bananas and apples – I think that would be good for the more health conscious.
Post # 11
Maybe add bloody marys for the cocktail hour? Seems like that is usually a “brunchy” drink option.
Post # 12
@heather25: We would only be charged for the drink tickets used/turned in. A lot of my side of the family does not drink, but to keep it in our budget, we found that if we knew the MAX we would be charged for drinks, that would be perfect for us and still keep us in budget. I do however like the idea of having a bar tab with a max. How do you let guests know about that though?
Post # 13
@ORella2012: We’re not big donut eaters, and I hadn’t even thought of that as an option! We were thinking things like scones, crossiants (sp?) some cookies, tarts, etc. We’re having the food you mentioned in our buffet, so it would be overkill to offer that during the “cocktail” hour too, but thanks for the suggestion!
@lmoss78: That’s a good idea to add some fruits in there too!
And to everyone who mentioned mimosas…good idea!! I’ll do some pitchers of those instead of punch 🙂
Post # 14
What about calling it a tea instead of cocktail hour?
Post # 15
i think that sounds really nice. i also like the suggestions of throwing in a mimosa or a bloody mary/red beer for the guys! just a thought.
Post # 16
Mimosas and bloody marys are usually good brunch drinks.