Post # 1
FI and I are having a Destination Wedding in Punta Cana in December. The majority of our family wont be able to make the trip due to schedules and finances so we are going to have an At Home Reception so we can celebrate with everyone. The reception will be formal in terms of decor and dress but we have decided to do the food ourselves. As much as we would love to hire a caterer it just isnt in the budget. The reception won’t start until 8pm so it will just be hors d’ouerves, desserts and cake that we will need to worry about. The cake is taken care of and we will be okay for desserts. For hors d’ouerves we are wanting to set up a few tables with some platters/finger foods. Does anyone have any advice for apps/munchies that can be prepared ahead of time and work well in large batches? We will have between 140-150 guests.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
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I use the site for mos tof my meal planning when I need a recipe. Use crockpots to keep hot foods hot and make sure to ice down cold apps or put them in a tray that’s resting on ice.
I would say stuffed mushrooms, meatballs, a fruit tray, and a veggie tray would be a good start.
Post # 4
Pinterest would be the perfect thing to look at for this. 🙂
Pinwheels are always good and easy to make; just make sure the tortillas are room temperature when you’re rolling them.
Post # 5
Well, I would stay away from things that are fried because they are best served hot and when they sit they get soggy. Toasts like bruscetta can also get soggy if they are pre-assembled.
Obviously dips and spreads are good for large crowds. An Italian antipasti platter could be made ahead easily. Foods that can be served at room temperature will make it easiest for you, butI think that you’ll want some helpers designated to replenish the food. You can have extra batches of some items in crockpots or in a low oven to keep them warm.
Post # 6
We’re thinking about doing DIY cocktail hour and these are things we’re thinking about:
- cut cheese and cured meat and crackers
- cut veggies and dip and hummus and pita chips
- Fruit: grapes, strawberries, cut cantaloupe, cut watermelon
- chips, salsa, buffalo chicken dip
- stacked tomato, mozzarella, basil
- baked brie & crackers
- sweet and sour meatballs
- shrimp cocktail
We tried to stick with things that were easy and/or we could prep ahead of time. If you’re just doing apps I would go for the heavier apps.
Post # 7
Oh, I just remembered… I have a recipe for an amazing Mediterranean pasta dish with shrimp, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, olives, etc. It’s SO GOOD. Message me if you want the recipe, it could easily be made ahead of time.