(Closed) afternoon reception appetizer help

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: What's the best way to set up tables for a midday reception serving appetizers?
    All cocktail tables : (2 votes)
    13 %
    All seated banquet tables (rounds) : (2 votes)
    13 %
    A combination of cocktail and rounds : (11 votes)
    73 %
    Other (please reply) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    1026 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We are doing an afternoon wedding too! Here are some things to think about.  We are skipping the DJ, and doing some ipod playlist music because we don’t see people getting crazy on the dance floor at three in the afternoon.  THe food part is tricky though.  Everywhere we looked, apps were more expensive then full meals or equal in price. Those cute “little bites” are super labor intensive to prepare so they cost more.  We ended up deciding to do the food ourself (we both have a background in restaurant/catering) and serve sandwiches, soups and cake.  Other options we looked at that were more cost friendly were BBQ (either pulled pork or burgers) or a dessert and punch/cake and punch reception.  A lunch menu in general = much cheaper 🙂 

    The other things we are considering but haven’t finalized are a nice dinner with both sets of parents and siblings (15ish people) either later that evening or the following day, and the possibility of the younger “party” crowd heading to a local bar for cocktails and dancing that evening as an afterparty.  

    Post # 4
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    38 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Agree. Those little canapes are expensive. You would need at least 4 per person as a snack. If you’re thinking of serving them as meals, probably at least 10 (15 would be better).

    Maybe if you also have something heavier like sandwiches/pasta, you could get away with 4-5 apps?

    Post # 5
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    6534 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Apps are actually usually more expensive than a meal when you think about how many you need to have per person to make up for a meal. Have you thought about doing a station? Like maybe passed apps and like a pasta station or mashed potato bar?

    I probably wouldn’t worry about a DJ. For an afternoon wedding, there isn’t usually a lot of dancing (at least at the ones i’ve attended). I think you’ll be fine using an iPod.

    Post # 7
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    1026 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think you could definitly save on the alcohol with the afternoon event.  For the appetizers I would guess people would eat at leasts 4-5 pieces.

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