Post # 46
I don’t think the issue is vegetarian. I often eat vegetarian. However, cheese pizza is basically junk food. Just some processed carbs and cheese. I do not consider it a proper meal for guests. How about some veggies? Some beans or lentils or something? Even if it’s a heavy apps situation and vegetarian you can and should make an effort to provide some more wholesome and fulfilling foods, if it’s near mealtime.
When I think of arcade pizza I think of frozen food product, like a school cafeteria or concession stand. Maybe the place op has in mind has gourmet pizza but she didn’t indicate that. There wasn’t much thoughtfulness indicated at all.
Maybe this post was meant as a casual topic starter to start working through it for the op, so I don’t mean to be harsh but I think the undertone that comes across is why there are some strong reactions here.
Additionally, I avoid arcade environments, casinos, concerts or shows with a lot of moving lights and random noises because they make me feel physically lousy. And I am not alone. I don’t think an arcade is a good venue to begin with.
Post # 47
I said what I said because the OP seems to be stating that she is a vegetarian, but didn’t mention the Fiance. If you’re Fiance eats meat then I think you should serve it because 1) it will be expected and 2) if you’re okay with the most important person in your life eating meat …..then why not the guests?
Obviously, if you and your Fiance are both vegetarians then your guests should respect you beliefs. They can surely survive one night without meat.
Although, the dairy industry is a monster of its own so I don’t think you should throw the whole “murder” comment out there.
Post # 48
I know some people aren’t going to enjoy the barcade, but they’ll know it’s what’s going down. It may ease other’s minds to know that I’m not expecting fancy gifts or large sums of money from my guests.
The fiance and I are also paying for all this ourselves and well…I’d like to actually enjoy my reception. We’re not party persons. Games are something that not only have the two of us bonded over, but also how I’ve bonded with a lot of my family.
I just want to enjoy some hours with our loved ones while wearing a fancy dress.
This thing isn’t going to be some bougie affair.
@all the appetizer suggestions:
Those all sound great! I’m defiently going to work to include more than just pizza. I know a few people with dietary restrictions–lactose intolergance, celiac–and I don’t want them to be left out. It’s still quite undecided what we’re going to do for food.
Also considering cater via the Veggie Grill, which isn’t fancy by no means, but we’ll see. I still like pizza.
I know the dairy industry is terrible and tend to flirt with veganism as often as I can. We all do terrible things. On every level I know that and feel terrible for it. I try to change that and acknowledge that as often as I can. Dairy is my vice and I’m going to kick it for good one day.
We all draw our line in the sand somewhere and for me that’s the slaughter.
I know this sounds really petty, but I would like to point out that I’ve gone to tons of functions where my only food option was what I brought or some form of potato. I did not starve and find the event unenjoyable.
Post # 49
@fluffhead For what it’s worth it sounds like it’d be a blast!
Pizza is great, but not everyone loves pizza so definitely work some other foods in there. Cheese platters, deli meat platters (if it’s not all vegetarian obviously), maybe chicken wings and nibbles like that (again as long as it isn’t solely vegetarian), sandwiches, crisps/veggies/pita and dips (garlic and onion is lovely with pita), onion rings, little sweet treats and fruit!. Make a picnic out of it! I think unless most of your guests are vegetarian it is nice to throw some meat choices into the mix, especially if it’s not a sit down meal, it adds some variety. However if you have anything really against it then obviously disregard what I just said…
You can find gluten and lactose and meat free versions of most things nowadays, if you can’t find them in shops you could probably make them really easily and then freeze them and cook them ahead of time. If you get a caterer then they should be able to make alterations and suggestions like this for you.
Good luck and enjoy! I hope to see pictures of this after it happens!
*keeps editing to add more food*
Post # 50
Yes you definitely have to feed them. For this type of event, foods like pizza seems appropriate.
Post # 51
These are great options! Thanks. 🙂
This is the place I’m considering for
Plus pizza and I think it’ll cover most people.
The Veggie Grill is tricksey vegan food in the way that it could trick a 10 year old into thinking it’s meat. I’ve never left that restaurant hungry and neither have the people who have gone with me.
Post # 52
that sounds awesome! I’m sure it will all be thoroughly enjoyed 🙂
Post # 53
Just wanted to say l do agree re not serving meat. I’m a vegetarian for humane reasons too, and would find it quite reasonable for people to understand\accept that l don’t want animals killed for anyone to eat.
Very true that people seem to think no alcohol is somehow a more legitimate thing to have principles about!