(Closed) How to ask guests to bring a dessert?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 107
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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Post # 108
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MichiganGirl24:  don’t do the card. I would ask specific people personally.

Post # 109
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Our church and then at The Garden Room for the reception

We’re thinking about doing this, too. We’ve had some people who have asked how they can help out, and some of them love to bake, so I think this will be a fun project for them, if they’re willing. I think a potluck dessert bar will be fun. I would probably ask individually though.

Post # 110
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I saw a “cake quilt” on OffBeat bride.  Have everyone bake a common size (like 8″ x 8″).

 

Post # 111
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

If I was local to the wedding I would be more than happy to bring a dessert to a friend or family member’s wedding! I would also bring a gift. Bringing a few dozen cookies does not mean I still wouldn’t bring a proper gift, but that’s just me.

Post # 112
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  I think you should just ask some ladies at your shower instead of asking all the guests.

Post # 114
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

In my area, this is super common.  A PP mentioned the cookie table.  Here are some articles on the origins of the cookie table:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10965922

http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/11/30/in-pittsburgh-the-wedding-cookie-table-is-a-peculiar-and-wonderful-local-tradition/

 

OP, I think calling your guests and asking for their recipes (you know, Aunt Sue’s most popular cherry pie) and their tips for executing them would let you or those who you know wouldn’t mind helping you recreate the recipes the best you can.  It also gives those people a chance to offer to make the dessert for you, without your asking straight out.  

Post # 115
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Helper bee

Being from a small Swedish clan, ladies in my family would not have a problem, but then again, there isn’t even 20 people in my family. 80 people for a wedding definately is a lot to make desserts for. It’s acceptable in my family and if at holidays the women in your family make food, I say ask! I would do the card idea you had a few posts ago. But I would also ask that they don’t call their dessert “surprise” because I have tons of allergies. I would ask they list if something contains dairy, Gluten or pork. America has this weird obession with pork…Those three things I cannot have. I like the idea of having people bring dessert.

Post # 116
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  I love this idea! I wonder if you could put somethign in the RSVP if people are willing to bring a dessert only, and possibly only put it in select people’s invitations. I would also stress desserts too. I would also order a ‘centerpiece’ cake just in case too.

I think this idea is cute. Wedding receptions used to be basically pot lucks where thre was the ceremony in the church and the reception was on the lawn afterwards. 

Post # 119
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  i think there’s nothing wrong with it seeming like a pot luck and you asking them to join in if they want to share their food with the party – some people enjoy this – and if they don’t they’ll let you know!

Post # 120
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lovecacti:  that is absolutely adorable and amazing 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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