(Closed) Cupcake bar at reception

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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jessicastewart11:  Did people call it tacky, or did they say it would be messy and not very practical? I don’t see how it could be tacky, but the rest yes. I see that clearly.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Are you having kids at your reception? If so, I am imagining kids with icing and sprinkles all over their hands and a giant mess… Then again I know quite a few adults who would make a mess too… I think this could be cute as long as a) your guests aren’t the type to get huffy about making their own desert b) it’s done in a way that’s practical, wont get too messy, where you won’t run out of toppings before you run out of cup cakes. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I imagine it getting to be a big mess. Once one person gets frosting on something, it will be sticky for anyone else who picks it up. I would rather have a cupcake frosted for me. However it is your day, do what you want. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

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jessicastewart11:  i don’t think it’s tacky, but it does seem really messy. how much experience do you have with a pastry bag? most people don’t know how to handle one…and it’s really easy to turn into a huge disaster and get sticky icing everywhere.

i think you can amend the idea though and make it work. pre-ice the cupcakes, and then just have different toppings that people can use to decorate their cupcake (so it’s really a cake decorating bar)

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I also vote messy. I the a nice cupcake display would pretty classy though.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I think that would be such a fun idea! I’ve never seen that at a wedding. I would definitely not have the guests frost their own cupcakes, that could be done ahead of time. Less mess and the line would go quicker! 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I love this idea but I think it’s better for kids, and not for adults who are dressed up. I think you could have a cupcake bar with a variety of pre-made cupcakes so guests have their choice.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I think it would be fun if you had somebody frosting the cupcakes at one station and toppings at another. Make sure to have little bowls for the guests so the toppings don’t go everywhere.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I think its a cute idea. But at our wedding the dessert didn’t come out till the end when people were already either leaving or drunk. I’m sure they would have rather grabbed an already made cupcake than have to assemble their own. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Another vote for messy.  Also, not sure what the point is?  I can see having different cake flavors, but frosting is frosting and cake toppings are usually just sugar in a variety of forms.  It’s not like an ice cream bar where you’d choose ice cream flavor, hot fudge/whipped cream/whatever, different fruit toppings, etc. and have each guest come away with a really unique combination.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

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jessicastewart11:  I don’t think it’s ‘tacky’ but it does sound messy and impractical–sprinkles falling on the floor, a guest squeezing the icing bag too hard and dumping half the contents on their cupcake, etc. I imagine everything would get sticky almost immediately and the line would move pretty slowly as well.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Our family? Would turn into an icing fight. No question about that.

If you wanted to do it, keep it in easy to use icing bags and find shakers that don’t shake out too much if you get what I mean. I think this could be a potentially fun idea, albeit a bit messy.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Harn Homestead

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jessicastewart11:  Tacky, no..messy yes! However I am doing a cookie bar with bags of icing and I can see it becoming a mess but Fiance hates cake, so this is his cake. Just hope the kids dont make to much mess, then again, I dont have kids so I dont really care to much..

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

Decorating cupcakes is messy even if you’ve done it before, and not everyone knows how to use a pastry bag to ice. I bake pretty often and always end up making a mess to some extent when I decorate baked goods. I definitely would skip this unless your wedding is a super duper casual, backyard BBQ type affair where people won’t worry about messing up their nice clothes and you won’t worry about sprinkles and icing getting ground into the carpet at your venue.

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