(Closed) Catering by Parents – Need Suggestions

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 4
30 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

@SugarLaRue: Hmm… Let’s see. I’m trying to think of things that are easily prepared ahead of time and are generally crowd pleasers.

Lasagna- could do a vegetarian option as well if necessary

Rigatoni- with meatballs or not

Stuffed shells or manacotti

Chicken parmesan

Chicken Divan

Mexican Buffet- create your own tacos, fajitas with mexican rice and black beans

Stir fry- could include various proteins

I suppose it depends on the group you are inviting and the level of formality of the event really. I’ll try to keep thinking and check back if something awesome comes to me!

Post # 5
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you are wanting something with as little labor as possible, I would go with spiral cut hams, and a roaster of au gratin potatoes, and another roaster of green beans almondine, dinner rolls and maybe a cold salad choice. Here is a website I came across when I was doing my own researching, about self-catering your reception. They have alot of recipes for quantity cooking and also tips on how much to buy of different things


Now, even though your parents offered to do this, please do what you can to make sure they have some help that day. If you can find a couple of friends to help, or even pay someone to help serve and clear. You want mom and dad to enjoy your wedding too!

Post # 7
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think 3 or 4 people would be about right for 100, if you are doing a buffet. You probably need one person to cut and serve cake, and another to keep an eye on the buffet to keep it stocked up. Then everyone can help clear and tear down and pack up. One thing I would advise is if food/serving dishes or whatever are coming in by box that you mark where they are returned to on the box. Have a masterlist of everything, like rentals that need to be returned and where, borrowed items that need to taken back, leftovers and decorations.  I helped a girlfriend out at her wedding last year, and when it was time to take everything down, we had no idea where anything was to go. They neglected to tell us where to take leftovers, chafing dishes, decorations. My friend took off for her honeymoon cruise, and her parents had left, by the time I realized I had no idea where we were suppose to take take everything. I didn’t have her parents address or phone number. I ended up throwing food out and stored all their stuff in my garage til they got back from their honeymoon. A little inconvenient, but it was my own fault for not clarifying with her what she wanted done. (I honestly don’t think she even gave it a thought, really). My one piece of advise, is plan everything and write it down, so someone else can understand it. You are going to be very busy and you can only delegate if people are clear on your vision, and your instructions are foolproof.

Post # 9
968 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


Chicken and rice casarole maybe?

Eggplant parmasean for veggies?

Roasted veggies (yellow squash, red/green peppers, onions, broccoli, etc)?

Hmmm…I don’t have any good suggestions for appetizers at the moment.

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