Post # 1
We are having our wedding at a property by the sea in the spring. The ceremony and reception takes place at the same venue
We’ve already decided on a gourmet bbq with a few extra things for dinner in the evening.
We are thinking of having the ceremony in the afternoon, then lawn games with little picnic baskets for people to pick at. Sort of in place of canapes. We will have a basket per couple and singles will get their own basket (unless they have close friends we can pair them with).
The question is: what to include in the picnic baskets? What would you like? Must be easy to eat, a bit fun for the laid back beachside vibe but also will not overshadow dinner.
Post # 2
Will the baskets be assembled as the guests arrive? Or will they need to be prepped in advance? I’d say things like hummus and pita wedges, cheese and crackers, fruit and tea sandwiches, but some of those components would need to be refrigerated right before giving them out and others should be kept at room temp.
If you’re doing DIY, I think veggie chips, sweet and/or savory biscuits, granola bars, dried and/or fresh fruit, mixed nuts, and pretzels could all be good. Nothing that could melt and nothing likely to stain.
Post # 3
Nuts, crackers, salt water taffy from a local seaside shop, frozen melon balls, nut cheese or regular cheese if you dont have any veg people. Hummus and hard veggetables.
Good luck sounds fun!!
Post # 4
I would say cheese and crackers and fruit assortment.
Post # 5
xiexie : We’re not sure yet, it will depend on if we ask our caterers to fill the baskets or just do it ourselves.
We will have access to a lot of fridges though so keeping things cool shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Thanks for your ideas!
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2025 - City, State
It’s a cute idea, but serving the snacks in more of a buffet style is much more practical. People will want different items and in different quantities. If you just put things out in bowls, people can take whatever they prefer. It also saves you from having to personalize baskets for people with dietary restrictions.
Sure, guests could swap with each other so College Buddy Chris gets more trail mix and Great Aunt Edna gets more grapes, but if they’ve never met before they’re probably going to feel awkward about it and not initiate the “can I have some of your food?” conversation. I foresee a lot of wasted food (e.g., Chris’s grapes and Edna’s trail mix).