Post # 1
Since my other thread got a bit out of hand, what are some suggestions for food that can be served at a reception cold? Heating things up makes it all much more difficult, so any cold foods would be appreciated. I know there are turkeys and hams, as well as salads, but anything else that could be made in bulk at a low cost to feed a good number of people?
Post # 3
marinated grilled veggies that are prepared before hand, can be served cold/room temp and will compliment the meat
Also, caprese salad with bread is a crowd pelaser, if you can get good tomatoes
Post # 4
I am serving these deli spirals from Sams Club, Nancy’s Deli Spirals. They are delicious, are frozen and come 60 in a box. Tomato provolone, turkey pepper jack, turkey bacon ranch are the flavors. You just thaw and serve, no cooking required.
Post # 5
I’d Google “party platters” and see what comes up. There’s so many cold/room temperature options!
Post # 6
@lauramae89: I think you could have an awesome wedding that’s both potluck (sorry you felt you had to shut down your thread, I’m going to PM some sites that have a less judgmental crowd when you want answers to questions like these) and cold foods you don’t have to warm up. What time of the day are you having the wedding? Here are some ideas I had that might work for you:
Brunches are pretty quick and lend themselves to foods that can be served room temperature or cold (like pancakes, muffins, deli meats, quiches, fruit, etc) that would be budget friendly. OR, you could have breakfast at dinner, and still serve the same type of food.
You could go for a carnival style, and offer different flavors of popcorn (to save extra money, just buy plain popcorn, brown bags, and tons of different seasonings-then people can make their own flavored popcorn).
Also, you can dress up a lot of cheap food in ways that make it look pricey- you could pack picnic type meals in cute stamped bags, place chips in a paper bag (just use decorative scissors along the edges, and maybe a stamp or two).
Focus on drinks- you could have a coffee/tea/hot chocolate bar, then just serve pastry type things to go along with it (I’m thinking mini tarts you can buy in bulk, chocolate covered pretzels, etc).
Post # 7
I think I posted on the other thread didn’t see anything crazy, I think you got some good advice there perhaps not what you were looking for. But today is a new day
Veggie Platters, make them yourself instead of buying them, so baby carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatos, bell peppers, with dipping sauces. You can do the same with some fresh fruit.
I second the cold cut selections, with fresh rolls, with green salad, cold pasta salad, potato salad.
I think those options are filling and you can you also have great quality control as you wouldn’t have to worry about serving anything hot. Good luck!
Post # 8
Thanks all. It’s going to be afternoon wedding (2) reception starting at 5. Everybody will be invited, so this will end up costing me a bit more but seems it’s the more rational choice because I dont want to send people away. So I’ll need suggestions of foods to include, these are all great. I love the carnival popcorn idea and have been considering trying to find an old big popcorn popper to rent because it’s a fall wedding so that could be a lot of fun.
@TwoCityBride: The logical suggestions I got there were great. It was the criticism that was not so great, hence me closing it. I just don’t have time to be criticized for offering what I thought was a valid suggestion. That being said, it’s done and over with, and this is a new thread! Thanks for the advice, all good suggestions! 🙂
Post # 9
Oh! Came across this quick recipe for pressed sandwiches that can be made up ahead of time- with popcorn or chips beside it, it may work fof you: http://www.seasonsandsuppers.ca/pressed-italian-sandwich/
would be relatively cheap, give off a carnival, picnic vibe, and may work for you or someone else looking for something cost effective for large crowds.