Am I being unrealistic about my dessert budget?

posted 2 years ago in Food
  • poll: Am I being unrealistic about my dessert budget?

    Yes, no way that will work!

    No, that sounds reasonable/do-able

  • Post # 2
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    You can easily find pies within that budget, but even a small cutting cake can be $100+ so that will depend on your area and what you find. 

    Keep in mind, a large portion of what you’re paying for from the caterer is the plating fee. If you DIY this, you’ll also need to provide plates, cutlery, cutting/scooping devices (pie scoop thing?), and people will be doing it themselves, which has the potential for being very messy/uneven, or you’ll be on the hook for slicing up the cake in entirety. 

    If you want to go DIY I’d probably suggest something more single serve, or pre-portioned to avoid those hassles. 

    Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper

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    drewby1121 :  I did mini pies/tarts and they were very popular! Probably a bit more cost per serving, but the ease of serving was well worth it. Some cute inspo:

     

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    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    For what it’s worth, we had a few close family/friends make some desert as their gift to us (ie 2 dozen cupcakes, brownies/squares, cookies, etc). Then we bought a (very delicious but inexpensive) sheet cake to have out, and bought a cute hazelnut cake from a local bakery that we plunked our cake topper onto. We had 100 people and while there wasn’t 100 of every type of desert, we had soooo much haha. Our caterers provided desert plates and forks, and we supplied the platters the deserts came on and knives etc. 

    We were way under $250. Perhaps if you have some bakers in your midst you could ask them for some help? (Even if you covered the cost of the baking materials, it would be very reasonable!). Otherwise I’d just ask a local baker for ideas and tell them it’s a family reunion or something instead of a wedding! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I’d say it’ll take some creativity but it can be done! Also people loved the variety of options!

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee

    I spent $250 for ~25 people, but I overbought (because I love dessert).  The cake I got was $75 with buttercream decorations (8″) and each dessert piece was $1.25 – $1.75 a piece.  We are having 4 varieties (2 petit fours, $1.25 a piece; 2 mini tarts $1.75 a piece).

     

    EDIT: Added pictures of what we are getting for that budget!

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee

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    drewby1121 :  I loved the idea because people could have what they wanted.  Plus I wanted desserts that weren’t half frosting (looking at you, cupcakes!) and lots of people I know actually prefer non-cake desserts.  Petit fours are great because they are covered in just a glaze and work well for that cake fix but not too heavy.  And the tarts were too cute to turn down!  I told the bakery I wanted it for a wedding.  They didn’t upcharge me past what I saw on the website and it is $30 for delivery.

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2017

    I would Check out your local Costco for sheet cakes, pies, cookies etc. They have tons of pastries, small individual desserts and you could get your small wedding cake made there. Just have your family/friends cut everything into neat squares and Pinterest has great dessert presentation ideas I’m sure you could pull off. GL 

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee

    Banana pudding? Nothing against banana pudding, but how on earth does a catering company think banana pudding is acceptable for any sort of event other than maybe a 100yr old’s birthday party?

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee

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    drewby1121 :  I don’t think it’s reasonable but I’m basing this on prices from around me (northeast). Pies are around $20 so 10 of them would leave you with $50 which is not sufficient. Maybe up your budget by $100. You MIGHT be able to then get a cake for around 2.5 per head  

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