(Closed) budget food ideas for December?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I don’t know how formal of a wedding you’re planning on having, but what about a soup/stew/chili buffet?  You can have a bunch of different soups, stews and chilis and have bread bowls and various toppings to go with them.  Maybe even different types of grilled cheese to go with tomato soup?  Also, stews made with interesting meats like rabbit or deer.  I had AMAZING bison chili in Wyoming.  Stews and soups are usually pretty cheap to make since they’re mostly water, veggies and lower quality cuts of meat.  They just take a long time to make.  Toppings can include sour cream, chives, croutons/crackers, different cheeses.  Omg I’m getting hungry! haha

Post # 4
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Baked potato or mashed potato bar?

Post # 5
46370 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Start with a hearty soup- it will fill people up inexpensively. Butternut squash or pumpkin soup, or roasted tomato

Mashed potato bars are very trendy now- and couldn’t be less expensive.

Mac and cheese likewise


roasted vegetables

stew with freshly baked buns

chili- really inexpensive if you make it meatless

Do you have any capacity to preserve some of the items? You could stock up on tomatoes when the price is low in the summer and freeze, dry or can them.



Post # 6
7694 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Pasta dishes are great for making ahead and freezing. 

We got married Thanksgiving weekend and so we didn’t want poultry -so we decided to do Yankee Pot Roast served family style. mmm

Post # 7
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Let us know how formal your wedding will be. Also, what are you interested in…appetizers, main dishes, sides??

Since your wedding will be in December…the best meals that come to mind are home cooked meals that a mom would make and family-style eating as well.

Post # 9
11394 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Turkey, Ham, Green beans, Stuffing, mashed potatos, mac and cheese.

Post # 10
7992 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

For me, December says lots of pumpkin, squash, and similar soups and pies. Lots of cruciferous veg… cauliflower, parsnips, swedes, turnips and sprouts… honey glaze the parsnips in particular. Goose should be easy to get… get a few of them roasting. Apple and pear crumbles and stews, preserves, sauces and jams with cranberries. Kale and mushroom pasties. Rabbit and venison stews. Nom nom nom…

Post # 11
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@AGTbee:  I second this idea.  A buffet of hearty soups/stews, served alongside a great crusty bread basket, a big green salad, and maybe a cheese board would be great for a winter wedding, and refreshingly different from the standard wedding fare.

Post # 12
3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Rock out the comfort food.  Its comforting in your belly AND your wallet.

Post # 13
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I like the idea of turkey and ham!

Post # 14
5269 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

I also am looking for a good menu but honestly I think bc this is soooo close to Xmas and Thanksgiving I am staying clear of ham and turkey…. they will be eating leftovers anyways so ppl might be tired of that. Just my opinion. I do love the baked potato bar and stews!!!! Great idea! Comfort food for sure! Pasta is our choice as of right now. But we have not even booked our caterer:/

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