(Closed) HELP! Need menu advice.

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
8 posts

What about fruit kabobs? or just watermelon kabobs?

Post # 4
48 posts

                          What about putting an upscale twist on the traditional sides? Maybe doing an asian slaw instead of the typical coleslaw, and I have seen several recipes for potato salds with more upscal ingredients. Or how about pasta salads? I love the shortcake idea-maybe giving people a choice of fruit?

Post # 5
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

grilled corn salad – grilled corn, sliced off the cob, mixed with cherry tomatoes, avocado and lime with a touch of olive oil. i like the asian slaw suggestion as well. for pasta salads, mix orzo with spinach, cherry tomatoes, basil, olives and a crumbly cheese (like feta) with olive oil and lemon or vinegar for a summery side.

other ideas: grilled flatbread, corn muffins/bread, heirloom tomato/mozzerella salad w/ basil, spinach with garlic (or other garlic greens)

Post # 7
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Love the idea of the upscale sides. Was going to suggest the same. I’ve seen a lot of variations of gourmet mac’n’cheese, which could be fun. And LOVE the strawberry shortcake for dessert!

Post # 8
5 posts
  • Wedding: September 2018

I love the idea of upscale sides, too. That’s what we’ll possibly do for our rehearsal dinner as we’re doing a backyard BBQ. 😉

Post # 9
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Martha had a darling reception a couple of ideas ago that featured a grilling station that was under an umbrella covered in daisies with a yellow gingham table cloth. It had some great recipes with it and was super cute and would be a great BBQ reception.

Post # 11
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’re doing our menu much the same as you since we want it to be a little less formal, but not so casual it feels like a backyard barbecue. We’re also health nuts, so we want everything to be delicious and healthy. This is what we have so far:

For appetizers:

– fruit & yogurt parfaits in shot glasses

– fruit & cheese kabobs

– a vertical veggie platter

– pita bread w/ various dips – hummus, etc.


For main meal:

– chicken salad croissant sandwiches & sun-dried tomato turkey wraps

– some sort of pasta salad or a cold couscous salad

– a veggie salad of sorts – the grilled corn salad actually sounds great!

– a fruit salad (my favorite dish made by my mom)


Post # 13
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

I love the strawberry shortcake idea 🙂  and don’t worry if a dish sounds family picnic: it’s a big trend now to dress up otherwise non-fancy food.

I like:

corn on the cob, bonus if it’s grilled

pasta salads (people always like it when I do tri colour pasta with halved grape tomatoes, fried mushrooms, black olives, fresh herbs, oil, vinegar, lemon and pine nuts, plus my secret ingredient of some powdered chicken bouillon)

grilled veggies of all kinds

crudites and dip

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