Post # 1
Love this site – so helpful!
My parents have offered to cook our wedding reception dinner to contribute (and to save us money).The venue allows your and own food and alcohol to be brought in versus using a caterer so we will be saving money there.
There is a small catering kitchen (sink, fridge, prep table, microwave) but most food will be cooked the day before I am guessing?
I am in need of suggestions that are simple, easy to make and wedding appropriate. Step-Father used to be a chef so that is covered. Wedding will be about 100 people.
Thanks so much Bees!!!
Post # 3
Oh and we will be doing a cocktail hour while we are getting our pictures taken. Any suggestions for appetizers as well? That I think we may order to make it easier?
Or is it not really needed?
Post # 4
@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
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
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 # 6
@PrincessEmilie7 Great suggestions. I really like the Mexican food idea, and think that would be delicious. It’s also my fiance’s favorite. 🙂
@SandyThePoet The ham is a wonderful idea, especially because it will be in December, along with the au gratin potatoes.
We will definitely check out that site! And, of course, we will be hiring some friends/ neighbors so they can help out. How many people do you think we would need for 100 people? I can probably call around catering companies and get quotes too.
I want it to be as easy for my parents so they can celebrate!
Thanks for your suggestions!
Post # 7
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 # 8
@SandyThePoet You are awesome! thanks that is a wonderful suggestion! I will definitely make sure to leave detailed instructions with the staffers on set-up/clean up, duties, etc. I would have not thought of that. Thanks again!
Post # 9
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.