We had talked to 2 different caterers, and for the price of JUST the food, it was going to be about $4000, which is riduculous IMO. We ended up doing most of it ourselves, but family members did a lot of the cooking, and we hired 2 kids from the local tech school to heat up the food that day.
We had a pig roast, with lots of sides and cupcakes, cookies, and cheesecake bites for dessert.
Pig was $350 for a fully cooked pig, we just had to pick it up, cut it up, and bring back the metal container that it came in. My brother cut the pig up for us, and DH picked it up and returned it.
Mashed potatoes – we bought 40lbs of potatoes at the store, plus butter and milk…and had a family friend make them the day before. Then had the hired help heat them up before it was time to eat. So…what? $60, MAYBE?
Vegetables – we had 1 big tin of corn and 1 big tin of greenbeans. We bought frozen at the store, and just had the hire help steam/boil them before eating. Cheap, we’ll say $20
Beans – My aunt made these on her own and brought them
Salad – Bought 4 – 5 heads of lettuce, veggies, and some powdered italian salad dressing. Had the hired help wash and assemble the salad, then add the dressing right before serving. About $30
Mac Salad – Mother-In-Law made this for us, just had to supply the pasta, mayo, and veggies. $25
Mac & Cheese – mom boiled the pasta the day before, just supplied the hired help with the butter, cheese, and milk for melting/mixing/heating up before dinner $50 (it was velveeta cheese, so a little more expensive)
Rolls & Cookies – Ordered at our local grocery store 2 weeks before, picked up that morning. $150
Cheesecake Bites – DH’s cousin volunteered to make them. No cost to us.
Cupcakes – My Maid/Matron of Honor made these for us, just had to supply the ingredients. Mom had flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda/powder already, so we didnt need to buy that. Just had to buy butter, milk, and the cupcake papers that I wanted. Ended up costing us about $50
We gave the hired help $200 a peice, so $400.
In total, we spent about $1200 on all of the food and the help, AND I had what I wanted. That price is kind of on the high side, but its a heck of a lot better than $4000 that I was quoted. FYI – we planned on about 125 people. And there was enough food, and some left over (which we brought on our honeymoon, haha!)