(Closed) Anyone making/made food for their own reception?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am considering the same thing. Our menu is almost the same except it includes salad as well (does your’s include salad, I would definitely make that if not!). I’m thinking maybe we will DIY some cocktail food for “cocktail hour”. Maybe some cheeses/crackers, fresh fruit, veggies and dips. Maybe a combination of making it ourselves (or delegating it to family members) and picking some up at the local grocery stores (sometimes it costs the same to do this!) and replating it on nicer trays.

We’re also planning to DIY dessert. We’re not doing cake, so I’m thinking I’ll just ask a few people to make a dessert or two (we’ll have 80 people). 

It’s funny, our wedding is also on a Sunday in May πŸ™‚ 

Post # 4
Hostess
4808 posts
Honey bee

For a fantastic, filling, easy salad try Olive Garden Salad and their Dressing.

It’s so delicious and easy to double/triple. It’s also a common fave among my fam πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I did the same thing (made my own food for reception) and it turned out awesome. my SILs Mother-In-Law and mom all helped out and it turned out awesome. I would suggest going to Sams Club! They have a ton of reception type food there! They have huge bulk cans of peas, corn, green beans etc… that dont take long to heat up so they can be easily replaced when its eaten up. They also have a HUGE section of just dessert type foods. We got about 6 different types of cookies, and in the frozen section; mini cheesecake bites. They were a HUGE hit! Good Luck! let us know if you need anymore help! I think other PP comments were super helpful as well πŸ˜€

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

 

I second ruby.cosmo: on the Sams club/costco/Bj’s run. They have amazing pre made and frozen apps, desserts, and things that can be cut up into bite size treats. I used that for my wedding and it was a big hit!

Post # 8
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630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My Mother-In-Law did our food. We had soup. Added a couple sides and cake and people were good to go.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yeah, my sister did an appetizer/dessert only reception and she got a lot of food from our local Heinen’s (don’t know if you have that in TN, it might be an OH thing). She got hummus/pita, spinach and artichoke dip with fancy crackers, cheese trays, olives, fresh fruit, cheese dip with more crackers, etc. It was all delicious and she served it in gorgeous dishes she found at Goodwill/Salvation Army/Thrift shops! It was really beautiful and cheap to do.

I personally wouldn’t recommend doing much/any hot food unless you have your own chaffing dishes and a large kitchen at the reception site. But that’s just me πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am doing a small reception also about 75 people. We are doing wings, pasta salad, reg salad, meatballs, fruit& cheese, crackers, and maybe a flavored rice. We are trying to keep it around $10pp

Post # 12
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4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are making hour dourves and a desert bar.  I am asking a few people I am close with to make deserts and am planning on putting out recipe cards for some (and giving props to those who helped out!) I am planning that the days before the wedding will be full of cooking and baking! 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with everyone else – Sam’s Club! They are really going to come in handy for me (I am DIYing my menu too!) We are doing pastas and grilled chicken… actually I just made a post about it! Check it out here if you want! I think we should be fine.  How far in advance are you making the cupcakes? Me and my mom are doing the same, I was thinking we could make them a day or 2 in advance? 

Wedding Menu (Mostly DIY!)

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

By The Way, we are also getting married in May! Popular month πŸ™‚ and our budget is under 5K.  I really believe someone can create a beautiful wedding on a tight budget!!!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My boss and his wife went the DIY route, and they made “hammie sammies”. Kings hawaiian bread with thick cuts of ham, swiss cheese, drenched in italian dressing and baked. My husband and I made these ourselves and they were to die for and SO easy and cost efficient! Our boss said they were a huge hit at their wedding. I so desperately wish we could have done DIY food at our wedding, but with 350 people it just couldn’t happen. Best of luck–I’m sure it’ll be amazing!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

For desserts, you can make batches of cookies in advance and freeze them. You can also freeze cheesecake for up to two months. Good luck!

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