Post # 1
hi i live in south jersey and i checked out all vendors and it’s like 75+ per plate and that already eats my whole budget if i were to go that route so i’m thinking of going to sams and getting ALOT of finger foods, rolls, meat trays, deserts and i figured it’ll be about 500-600 but that is alot better than the 7500$ for catering. so does anyone know any ways to serve diy food without looking tacky. cause i don’t want to just throw it in silver tins and call it a day.
Post # 3
Look into rental places that rent out serving pieces. You can also buy, probably for about the same amount, from online places. I used smartyhadaparty.com for a few things, and noticed that they had some serving pieces.
And, as far as I’m concerned, people don’t notice the serving pieces unless they stand out for some reason – they’re different colors or materials, or they’re particularly noticable. Plain black, plain silver, plain white all sort of disappear if you use only one consistently.
Post # 4
You might want to make sure your venue allow you to bring in food, because most of them require you to have a licensed caterer with insurance.
Post # 5
If you are allowed to bring in your own food, presentation makes a big impact.
Take food items out of the silver foil trays they come in. Use plain white or black trays, plates etc if you want a clean modern look. You can rent them from party rental places or buy online. If you wnat something to go with a vintage themed wedding, find old platters, bowls etc at thrift stores.
Elevate some of the food items. Nothing looks more like home that lining up all the plates on the table at one level.
Get some boxes of various heights. Cover the table with a tablecloth, Place the boxes where you want some of the items to be. Cover the boxes with separate cloths draped in an attractive manner.
Add an arrangement of flowers or make an arrangement from fruits and vegetables. Use a large basket for breads and buns. Turn it slightly on its side, propped up with something solid, so it looks nice and the breads are easy to access.
If you do salad, use wine carafes for dressings-easy to pour.
Post # 6
thank you all. 🙂 if anyone is having a buffet style could the help me out?
what finger foods should i use? and what were your menus if you don’t mind sharing.
Post # 7
@julies1949: Hmm, love the carafe idea. Thanks! 😉