Post # 1
I know this question has been asked before but I have a bit different scenario.
We are going to have a mixed DIY/catered cocktail hour. It will last an hour and a half and include food, cocktails and lawn games (backyard wedding). Then a buffet dinner – beef, chicken, maybbe fish, salad, mac and cheese, green beans. I want food both for guest’s comfort, because I like hors d’oeuvres and to keep people from getting sloppy drunk. Approximately 200 people. Here are my thoughts:
DIY options (in order of preference – yumminess vs cost):
- Swedish meatballs
- Chips, salsa and some kind of cheesy dip
- Cheese, cured meat and crackers
- Hummus and pita chips
- veggies and ranch
- shrimp and cocktail sauce
- cut fruit
Catered options (in order of preference – sampled first 2 and both were yummmy)
- Mini Hot Browns (KY thing: crustini, turkey, ham, mornay sauce, bacon, tomato) $143 per 100 pieces
- Teriyaki Beef Skewers – $195 per 100 pieces
- Chicken Quesadillas – $130 per 100 pieces
So here are my questions:
- Too many options? Too few? Just right?
- If you had to cut what would you cut?
- How many of the catered options should I order?
- Any other advice?
Post # 3
1) I think it’s a good spread of appetizers, no need to add any extra
2) I would cut the shrimps. While I love shrimps, it’s August and outdoors – last thing you want is guests getting food poisoned
3) The two first, the third sound like it could be a little messy
4) Will you make the meatballs yourself of get them from IKEA? I really prefer the homemade version (I’m Swedish), but if you want the guest to be able to eat them with toothpicks, you might want to consider buying them (the bought ones are firmer). Also, consider getting some lingonberry jam to serve with them.
Post # 4
I don’t know what a hot brown is, but anything with mornay sauce is delicious.
I don’t think you have to worry about the shrimp if a) they’re cooked and chilled and b) they’re kept on a “hold-cold” station
I think the teriyaki beef skewers are overpriced; they’ll be made with super-cheap cuts.
Post # 6
I think it’s the right amount and plan for 6-8 bites/hour. So for a 1.5 hour event 9-12 bites per person.
Post # 7
@eocenia: We’ll buy the meatballs! I love the homemade, but we’re going for really easy!
Post # 8
@geekspice: The beef skewers were really tender and yummy, but I have no idea what cut. Good thing to think about.
Post # 9
The only thing I would cut is the cheesy dip, and only for messy factor, but it’s so good and soooo easy to make. I’d keep the shrimp, that’s an easy dish and shrimp will not sit around for long, people scarff those down. I agree about the Skewers are really over priced, I’d probably drop them. They are always really tough anyway.
Wow you have a great variety.
Post # 10
@KoiKove: How do you count bites for things like salsa and chips, veggies and ranch, stuff like that?
Post # 11
@HisIrishPrincess: But I love cheesy dip!!! But I get the messiness factor.
I think it’s a great variety too, but I’m wondering if I really need all those options?
Post # 12
@JenGirl: This is what I was able to find:
Chips- 8lbs per 100 people
Dip- 1/4 cup per person ( that is total, so if you have 2 kinds of dip 1/8 cup per dip per person)
Veggie- 2 oz per person (about 4-8 pieces)
Veggie Dip- 3 TBsp thick (2-3 Tbsp thin) per person
Post # 13
@KoiKove: Thanks – that’s an awesome resource!!!
Post # 14
Sounds perfect to me!
If it’s not too complicated, here’s another suggestion: offer the meatballs with 3 different sauces: Swedish-style, marinara, or barbecue.
I like Swedish meatballs, but I LOVE beer (barbecue sauce made with beer) balls!
Post # 15
everything sounds great,you have alot to pick from,you could even drop one or two things and you will still have plenty to choose from,keep the shrimp,if i was your guest i would go to them first lol,so would most of my family
Post # 16
@LALaw: Once I started looking, it looks like most of the cheap frozen options I’ve found are Italian, so that’s probably what we’re going with and we’ll have a marinara type sauce to serve with it. But I’ve never heard of this beer, sauce so maybe we’ll have to give this a try! Do you have a recipe you use?
@sharonmariep: Thanks! Right now we’re thinking about dropping the chicken quesadillas and the cut fruit and maybe the chips/salsa/cheesy dip. I love variety, but I love keeping costs down even more!!!