(Closed) Food Stations

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Are you talking about a buffet?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I went to a cocktail hour like that and it was FAB!!! I would’ve died happy if the meal was that too LOL.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

Silly question, Are there going to be tables and seats still? Or is everyone just going to stand around? Are you still having dances and stuff?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

That is what we are doing.  We are calling it a cocktail reception.  During the “Cocktail hour” we are having passed apps, a veggie and dip station and a fruit and cheese station.  Then for the reception we will have a pasta station, 2 carving stations, anitpasta bar, sushi bar, and 2 hot food stations along with passed apps.  We are having regular tables and high top bar tables but not assigned place settings.  Then there will be the cake and dessert.  We are doing all the other traditional things like toasts, dances, and cake cutting.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@enoh102: wow are we similar! We’ll have a cocktail hour before with a veggie, cheese and fruit display and drinks. Then we’ll have stations, including a carving station, potato bar, salad bar, pasta bar, and some sort of fish bar. (the antipasto station sounds awesome!)

We’ll have rounders that seat 10 and several high tables if people want to stand and mingle or sit and chat. And we’ll still be doing the traditional dances, toasts, cake etc. 

 

@Carpie: maybe call it a heavy hors d’ouvres reception? I thought about having a candy bar/station/buffet/whatever as well as a cake cutting, but I didn’t want to do it just because it’s trendy.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Carpie: my coordinator also suggested that we wouldn’t need all of the seating for every guest, but I begged to differ from experience. I was recently at a wedding without enough seating for all of the guests, and without a seating arrangement, and it made it really awkward for the guests. I didn’t have anywhere to sit and i felt almost unwelcome or like a second class guest because i didn’t have a place to put my things or eat my food. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We will have seats for about 80% of our guest then high top tables too.  We want people to be up mingling and dancing.  Ofcourse all the little old ladies will just park themselves at one table.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Carpie: We are also having a similar reception. Our cocktail hour will have passed hors d’ouvres and a crudite table. And our reception will be 3-4 stations. A grill station with sliders and grilled shrimp, a pasta station, and we haven’t decided on the others one might possibly be a cuban station with mini cubans, black beans and rice, and a 1905 salad.

Guestimating that about 230 out of the 280 we are inviting come we have seating for about 70% and 17 high tops.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Carpie:  We did this and it worked out great.  There was TONS of food and it also encouraged people to mingle more.  The thing we got the most compliments on was how great/plentiful the food was.  People loved it. 

Post # 16
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Newbee

@lisa105:

 

 

We are also doing a “cocktail syle” reception with 200 guests. We are having some round tables for older or handicapped guests and then the rest cocktail tables. We decided to put 2 chairs at each for additional seating but overall, we will have seats for about 70% of the guests.

 

We are having 3 stations that will be open for 2 hours with Carving station, pasta, salad, spinach artichoke dip, beef tenderloin things, meatballs, and hummus and pita bread. We are splurging on a full open bar as well.

 

My question for everyone is:

 

How much are you paying per person for whatever dinner you chose? I think I am paying a little too much and have not finalized it yet. My friends who have done a buffet say they paid anywhere from $10-$15/ person and mine is around $18.

 

I like the feel of the cocktail style receptions, but I am also trying to stick to a strict budget and am considering changing to the buffet to save $.

 

Thanks,

 

S

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