Post # 1
We are having our ceremony and wedding at a private wooden lodge on a lake, and going with a rustic, laid-back theme. Has anyone DIY’d their cocktail hour food? We were thinking chips and salsa, maybe a cheese and cracker plate, things like that. Any tips on how to keep costs down? Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence
We’re going to! It’s not going to be terribly fancy — I’m thinking cheese plate, fruit tray, veggies, some bread. We have a small crowd and we’re feeding them a HUGE meal after so I think it’ll be ok.
Post # 4
I am DIY my food well actually my sister Boyfriend or Best Friend is doing the food he is a chef at a local resteraunt! Do you just want cold food? Is it going to be buffet style? and are people going to be able to sit while eating?
Post # 5
The dinner will be buffet style, and I think the cocktail hour will be too. I think just cold food might be best, so no one has to worry about heating things up. As I imagine it, people should be able to grab a little something then make their way over to their tables, or talk to each other, hit the bar, etc. Really casual. And it’s for about 90 people, so I don’t think it’d be too much to DIY!
Post # 6
I was going to til I thought about the logistics if it. I didn’t want just chips and salsa but even then I was like, who sets up? Who replenishes the supply? Who goes and buys the food and delivers it? Where do we keep the food? I am having 230+ people though. If it was less than 100, it would be much easier to answer those questions. I am having a chef do my hors d’ouerves on the side as a favor to my Maid/Matron of Honor.
Post # 7
Veggie platters, fruit trays, spinach dip and pumpernickel bread, layerd dips and tortilla chips, bruchetta mix with baugettes on the side.
Post # 8
I will prpbably be DIYing my cocktail hour food as well. I was thinking cheese and cracker trays, veggie trays, fruit trays, and maybe some dips.
I know this is probably “wrong” of me (but I don’t care if it is), but I am not doing anything fancy for cocktail food. I can’t really afford to, but another reason (the possibly “wrong” one) is that I am feeding my guests a great meal afterwards. If the cocktail food is not up to par for some of them, then too bad!
Post # 9
Nothing wrong with DIYing of course, but it might not be much more expensive just to get some platters from a local supermarket just to save you the hassle. Costco, Hy-Vee, other supermarkets, etc… usually have nice fruit, cheese, veggie, shrimp and other specialty trays that don’t cost much more than the market price for the food, but still look nice. For example, a deluxe fruit tray at our local supermarket serves 30-40 and only costs $50.
Post # 10
A massive cheese spread with antipasto and fruit will look pleasing to the eye and you don’t need to replenish. When it’s done, it’s done. The good thing about cheese/fat is that it fills you up easily so your guests won’t constantly go back for more. I honestly wouldn’t bother with crackers. Just hit up a whole foods/trader joes (or whatever high end grocer with a great cheese and deli section) and make sure you have cute platters/bamboo cutting boards (start looking at second hand stores, there are tons and you will always use these again and again!) and you’re golden. That’s what we’re doing for our cocktail hour and we have identical themes – I’m even at a private lodge on a lake!!
What are you doing for your cake? THIS is where I am getting stuck. I want cute, but I don’t want the expense. Meh.