(Closed) DIY catering for a dessert reception- (also a LONG introductory post!) :)

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Welcome to the Hive! I’m helping my friend plan her around 100 guest wedding for around $1,000 (not including her dress). She’s having hers in a park, too. We found some really great centerpiece ideas from going through the DIY section on here and through Martha Stewart’s wedding website.

I think half the tables and some cocktail tables sound just about right. And the desserts sound great, so no worries there!

Post # 4
1330 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Welcome to WB!! your wedding sounds like mine in a way πŸ™‚ a lot of similar things…we’re also doing ours around 7pm and expecting it to be not too long overall…we are DIY almost everything, tho we are thinking of scrapping the DIY catering and hire a caterer….but we’re doing finger foods and desserts, with no hard liquor……..sounds like you’re off to a great start!!! i would definitely plan out when you’ll do your bake-off!! and give yourself plenty of time to do so…..

look forward to seeing you around WB!! πŸ˜‰

Post # 5
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper


Hi, welcome to WB!  I think over all it sounds good.  I think instead of tea/coffee-maybe iced tea, lemonade, kool-aid, or punch and bottled water would be great for your dessert reception.  Even iced tea, kool-aid and bottled water would be fine.   If you wanted something more than beer/wine-what about adding some type of refreshing signature drink?  I was also wondering if you really need the mini-cupcakes when you are having a cake made-but different flavors sounds fun-though.  I don’t know how TX heat is at that time of the evening/night.  Any ideas for cold desserts-although it might be more difficult to serve-maybe a sno-cone truck?  This might help -I googled cold desserts for buffet: http://www.angelfire.com/bc/incredible/coldbuffet100.htm

Post # 7
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Welcome to WB!

I completely agree on doing a dessert reception. I think it’s fun, low key, and budget friendly. I would definitely be concerned with the Texas heat tho. If it’s a summer wedding, it could be killer, not to mention the humidity :/….1 thing I don’t miss about Texas at all! Having a good variety is good and should fit to most everyone’s taste buds.

Good luck and happy planning πŸ™‚

Post # 9
46677 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wouldn’t worry about having enough seating for everyone. If you can seat about 1/3 of the guests, people will get up and mingle.

If you feel up to tackling making the desserts with help, then I say go for it.

BUT, make sure you ask enough friends and family to commit to helping portion out the desserts and set up the buffet. It always takes longer than you think and you need to be relaxing before the wedding.

I would get a couple of those rectangular or square blow up childrens swimmiing pools, place them on the table, fill them up with ice and use that as a base for the desserts. You could either use crushed ice and place the desserts on platters or trays, or use the large blocks of ice and place something solid over the top of the whole pool to be a table for the desserts-? a sheet of thin plywood or ?.

Check out http://www.smartyhadaparty.com  for miniature dishes. You can also use cupcake liners for portions of brownies etc.. They come in all sorts of wonderful  colors and patterns.



Post # 10
4824 posts
Honey bee

Mini everything is fun! But its also a ton of work with those numbers. I think its more than OK to do full size tarts and then do thin slices of them precut on plates.  Since you are a baker you know what can be done ahead and frozen (like the cupcakes) and then defrosted and frosted.  

Experiement some/

I was going to suggest the crushed ice, but @julies1949: beat me too it.  Of course having a tent covering it will help too.

I think beer and wine is just fine, but a mixed cocktail may not be out of your price range… 

A bottle of vodka can be cheap, mix it with some different juices (also cheap). for the price of 2 bottles of wine you can give drinks a TON more people.  Maybe to an “adult raspberry lemonade” and a “Virgin lemonade”.  Its really pretty cheap and actually cheaper than beer etc.


Post # 11
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@jo.lee:  Oooh I need to hear some tips and ideas? Low budget bride here!

Post # 14
2385 posts
Buzzing bee

I think that sounds awesome, personally. 

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