Post # 1
Hi ladies! Welp, Darling Husband and I are happily married as of this past June! As we had a semi-destination wedding in my home country, we are now having a post-wedding (informal) reception for our friends back in the UK where we reside. This has been presented to our friends as an informal event where we will share cake with them and show a wedding picture slideshow. We’ve rented a nice room with good equipment (sound equipment, projector, etc) and have a great soundtrack ready for dancing, etc.
Now for the food . . . As this will be a mixer type event (no formal sit down), I have not planned to provide tons of food. I have a couple of friends helping me out (3 people are bringing large desserts meant to serve 20+ persons). I am also planning to have 30 quiche slices and 60 saussage rolls, as well as different types of drinks, tea and coffee.
Does this sound like enough stuff? Or should I have more?
30 quiche wedges
60+ small saussage rolls
60+ dessert items (3 different types)
Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks a bunch in advance!
Post # 3
I would add 20 more desserts and maybe something like cheese and crackers or a fruit tray just to be on the safe side.
Post # 4
How long are you expecting this party to last? If it’s just a couple of hours and it doesn’t cover a meal time, I think you’ll be fine with what you have (roughly one quiche wedge, 2 sausage rolls, and 2 desserts per person). For a short, casual party at an off-meal time people shouldn’t expect more than just a snack.
If you’re expecting people to come watch your slideshow and then dance the night away, you will need more substantial food.
Post # 5
Thanks for the feedback . . . . perhaps I’ll include a plate of cheese and crackers to be safe, as suggested. The party is only supposed to last about 2.5 hours and it is at an off-meal time (and has been presented as a time to connect over cake and photos), so I’m not too worried . .. . and while we have some good dance music, this particular mix of people makes that unpredictable. Thanks again!
Post # 6
For that length of time, it sounds like enough to me.
Post # 7
When free food is involved, people tend to overeat. So while they may not go hungry, it doesn’t exactly sound like there will be enough food for anyone to overindulge. And if someone does, then someone else misses out on their fair share. You don’t want people feeling like you didn’t provide enough food because what they will remember is not that they got two desserts, but that they couldn’t have a third one.
I’m having about 40 people at mine for four hours in the afternoon. It was originally a dessert reception, but my grandmother has insisted on providing a few more choices, so we’ll have:
Three or four kinds of cookies
Three or four kinds of finger sandwiches
Meat and cheese tray
Fruit and veggie tray
Cream cheese mints
Lemonade and soda
There will probably be some food remaining at the end, but I don’t think we’ll have any trouble finding people willing to take home the leftovers. I guess I’d rather have too much than not enough. Anytime I’ve been to any kind of party where the food provided was less than sufficient, I always left early.
Post # 8
I personally think you need more food. Even if it’s simple chips and dips, that doesn’t seem like enough to me.
Plus, you said this is a to celebrate over cake, but you don’t mention cake in the list…
Post # 9
Thanks for these honest answers, ladies. (And — Abbbie — sorry, I neglected to mention cake, but it will be there).
I can see how more food would be needed as I read your thoughts . . . . Chips and dips are affordable. The cookies idea is a good one as well.
Post # 10
Just to update this . . . .
We had our reception and it went really well . . . we ended up with tons of last minute “yes” RSVPs the week before the event, and over 50 people instead of the 30 we initially expected (since many people are on vacation right now, we invited some extras and it turned out just about all of them could come!) . . .. so I asked about 7 of my closest friends to each bring an extra plate of food (fruit plate, dessert, bag of chips, pretzels, cheese & crackers) and went out and got extra cookies, brownies, nuts, chocolates, nachos, etc. We spent about $60 more than planned on food, but it was still affordable on our super-tight budget and we are making a big point of thanking our really gracious friends who helped.
The original amount would not have been enough, that’s for certain!