Cake and punch reception thoughts

posted 3 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
274 posts
Helper bee

My sister just had her engagement party in my parent’s backyard. It was for 110, and the mismatched tables were find. We borrowed all of our neighbours’ patio furniture. She didn’t have any centrepieces or anything. We did a little reception table with a photograph of her and her fiance, a guest book, and a basket for cards (it was a basket for holding toilet paper that we stole from the washroom). We took a bench from the front yard, put it under a tree, bought these “LOVE” balloons ($7 CAD) and a bunch of helium ballons ($20 CAD) to put with the bench, and that was the extent of the decorations.

If she can afford cheese, that would be great. It’s nice to have something a little substantial. Maybe check out Costco for some hors d’ouevres? I’ve hosted dinner parties at my house on a budget and dumplings, mini quiches and spring rolls are a great option.

Post # 3
2731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Sounds lovely! I would definitely include coffee and tea as well. I think crackers and cheese would be nice if budget allows but not really necessary. Also, when you say its outside but the weather could be bad, what is the rain plan?

Post # 4
4469 posts
Honey bee

Sounds just fine.  I’m always a fan of having at least a savory nibble and something that’s not just a sugar carb bomb so I would probably add cheese and crackers and a small fruit tray (just those ones in the deli section at the grocery), but you don’t have to if the budget is that tight.  

Post # 5
4039 posts
Honey bee

If possible budget-wise, perhaps some veggie & fruit tray and cold cuts to complement the cheese and crackers?VictorianChick :  

Post # 6
6529 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

VictorianChick :  I’d add some fruit if it’s feasible. Just how tight a budget is it? We had 34 guests and I doubt we spent more than 500 on food, if that, between two meals. If she wants to do tacos for example, she might be able to pull it off, prepping ahead of time. Not that there’s anything wrong with her plan, just wondered if she wanted to do more and is more able than she thinks. 

Post # 7
47195 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Light refreshments are perfectly adequate after a 2pm ceremony. If it weren’t for her wedding, no one would be eating a meal at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Post # 8
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Fruit to go w the cheese and crackers

Post # 9
6531 posts
Bee Keeper

If she can add some cheese & fruit and at least iced tea (can make sun tea ahead and add some fresh fruit to the pitchers to take it up a level) that would round things out. Coffee if possible. She can order a cheese & fruit tray at the grocery store and transfer it onto a pretty platter. There is nothing wrong with mismatched chairs, it can be quite charming. Encourage guests to take photos and share them with the bride and groom. Enjoy!

Post # 10
11963 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

It sounds just lovely as is if the weather is good. Do you have a back-up plan if it’s not? If not, you need one. 

Post # 11
1860 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Something savory & fruit platter

Post # 12
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

It sounds lovely as is. I would add coffee and tea if possible, and a veggie/fruit tray. I made my own veggie and fruit trays for my wedding for very cheap, and it took me and a few family members only a few minutes to cut everything up. But if she can’t afford it what she has planned is just fine. 

Post # 14
9039 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

If she lives in an apartment does that mean it is a communal backyard or is she a ground floor unit with a courtyard backyard type of thing? If it is communal and even if the building manager etc has approved it I would suggest she talk to her neighbours just to be polite.

As a diabetic I would appreciate something other than sugar loaded foods to eat. A platter or two of dips, vegie sticks and crackers would be my suggestion.VictorianChick :  

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