Post # 1
Hello Fellow Bee’s
I need some help with creating my reception menu. I am buying the food myself and my godmother who is a cater is cooking and serving the meal buffet style for me. I am renting elegant buffet dishes so the reception still looks tasteful.
Ok for the cocktail hour we are trying to serve finger foods and maybe fruit. I need ideas for finger foods please!!!!
For the main course my Fiance wants like a spicy chicken pasta with garlic rolls or garlic bread and salad. Thats fine with me but I think we need some type of veggie to go with this. What do you guys think????
Thanks for reading and giving me ideas
Post # 3
@IrvingButterfly: how many guests are you expecting? the more guests you have the more variety of items you need. also, you need to have a meal that will suit the masses. i would love spicy chicken pasta but i don’t think everyone will enjoy spicy food.
if you are doing this yourselves you are going to want to keep it simple. as for the finger foods, mini quiches, mini spring rolls, chicken or beef satays, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, fruit platter.
have you considered a simple meat dish for dinner as well? roasted pork loin side rice or mashed potatoes. broccoli or green beans or glazed carrots for veg.
these are all very easy to prepare ahead of time and will keep in the chafing dishes.
Post # 4
@mypinkshoes thanks for the advice. I need to run that type of meal by him because I dont think everyone will eat the spicy food as well. If we didnt do the pasta I was thinking like a chicken breast with sides. Its just hard to match sides with a pasta dish.
Post # 5
@IrvingButterfly: if you have a lot of guests, it would be ok to have the chicken pasta dish that your fi wants and have another main meat dish like pork or beef.
Post # 6
For the dinner part- why not do it as a “pasta bar” rather then single dish? You would have something like the following:
noodles (probably just one kind)
cream sauce or other not spicy sauce
Chicken breasts cut into smallish pieces
Something like roasted eggplant, peppers, mushrooms- whatever veggie or blend of veggies you think the family would enjoy
Some yummy cheeses
Guests can go through and make whatever pasta dish they like- spicy chicken pasta, meatball pasta, veggie pasta, veggie chicken pasta…. you get the idea.
You would still serve the salad and bread with it, this just gives guests more of a choice.
Post # 7
@nikkialys: OMG that is a great idea I never even thought of that. That way I can still have that spicy stuff my Fiance wants as well. You ladies rock!!!! Thanks so much
Post # 8
I just saw this post and like @nikkialys: , I was going to suggest a pasta bar.
With the pasta you could offer a green salad with a choice of several dressings and roasted vegetables. It’s so easy to do huge pans of roasted vegetables and they stand up well on a buffet.
Post # 9
I am having approx 60 ppl at my wedding/reception and this is our menu (buffet style)
Mini Baked Potatoes
This way there is something for everyone, especially the children. Hope this gives you some ideas.
Post # 10
I love the idea of having a pasta bar! It will allow your guests to choose what they like while keeping a nice theme. Also, some peole may not be able to handle the spicy chicken due to ulcers/acid reflux etc.