- 5 years ago
Ok guys, so after eeing the absolutely exorbant prices of caterers in our area (it’s a small town, with very few options, STARTING at $21.95 per person, which includes only includes chicken, one starch, rolls, and veggies, no dessert, and no plates, cutlery, linens, etc.), we have decided to cater our own weding!
We will be doing a cocktail hour with some store bought phyllo pastery appetizer bites, spinach dip, fruit trays, veggie trays, and a lemonade and iced tea bar (more on that later).
The dinner will be guest’s choice of pastas: lasagna home made with his mom’s recipie (a meat option), spaghetti with guests choice of chicken parmasean (the way my mom makes it, with breaded chicken burgers instead of hand breaded chicken fillets), and roasted veggies (for a vegetarian option), and a seafood alfredo (as the wedding is on the east coast, where seafod is cheap!) Plus a big salad bar, with chopped lettuce, and guest’s choice of veggies, crutons, bacon bits, and dressings. We may possibly add garlic bread, but we don’t know for sure. Can anyone think of anything else that may go well with this type of meal? Or if you were served that (buffet style) would you be happy with just that?
After dinner we will be opening up a dessert bar, which will include candy, plus baked goods (mostly things the special women in our lives have baked, or given us the recipe for…such as my great-grandma’s famous chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, or his grandma’s cinnimon rolls!) And although we will be cutting a decorative cake (one layer), the rest will be a Costco, $20 cake! This candy/baked good bar will also double as a take home favour, with little brown paper bags available.
Around 9-ish, once people have been dancing for a bit, we will be having a nacho bar (no meat to keep costs down…just nachos, refried beans, and topping options, such as chopped veggies, pickled jalepeneos, olives, sour cream, salsa, etc.)
All night, there will be canned soda available, plus a lemonade/iced tea bar. This will include a few flavoured syrups (such as cherry, peach, and maybe something else), plus bowls of frozen fruit and berries. Guests can place the frozen fruit, plus syrup of their choice in a glass, and then fill the rest of the glass with lemonade, iced tea, or a mix of the two! This is in leiu of a cocktail, as we’re only serving wine and possibly beer at the wedding.
We will be hiring a few students from the local college’s culinary program to help prepare, serve, and keep at proper temperatures on the day of, so that will help the wedding party and guests relax, but does anyone have any other suggestions for us to not go crazy??? Are we insane to try this? (Note, we’re looking at about 100-115 guests, plus 10-12 kids).