Post # 1
We’re working out our reception menu for about 100 people. This is what we have so far:
Cocktail hour (6-7pm):
Vegetable crudités (not sure how many this serves, but it’s included in our package, so maybe enough for everyone?)
Cheese and fruit (again, this is included in our package)
Roasted red pepper hummus (with pita chips and crackers) – serves 50
Spinach and artichoke dip – serves 50
Chicken satay – 75 pieces
Quiche tartlets – 75 pieces
Homemade bakery basket
First course: Mixed greens salad OR clam chowder (haven’t decided which)
Second course: Choice for guests of: Sliced London broil with Sherry mushroom sauce OR Fillet of sole with shrimp and crabmeat stuffing and lobster sauce OR Vegetarian option (all come with starch and fresh seasonal veggies)
Dessert: wedding cake, coffee, tea
What do you bees think? Is this enough food? Too much food? I don’t want guests to be hungry, but I also don’t want them to eat so much at cocktail hour that they can’t finish their dinner!
Post # 3
I think that’s a good amount of food, maybe go just a tiny bit heavier on the cocktail hour nibbles though. I’d go with the green salad over the clam chowder, mainly because between the seafood and the bacon (it’s usually in manhattan or new England style chowder), there’s too many folks who might not eat it.
Post # 4
@fishbone: Yeah, I also thought clam chowder (it’ll be New England) might be too heavy for what is likely to be a warm day, and I personally would want more veggies!
Post # 5
That sounds like plenty of food to me 🙂
Post # 6
I don’t think you can have too much food to be honest. When you think that not everyone will like all of the items you have, I do think you have a good variety. I agree that I would go with the salad, I think it woud be a more univeresally liked choice then the clam chowder.
Post # 7
i think you will have more than enough food. you have a lot of h’ors d’ouevres for the hour so they will already be filling up.
i had a lot of food at cocktail hour and people were already getting full before dinner. we also had wedding cake (cupcakes), coffee/tea, fruit and make your own sandwiches for late night. no one touched the late night food because they were still so full. they packaged it up for my mom for brunch the next day.
Post # 8
The only thing I would say is that with 100 people 75 piecres on something like a quiche might not be enough because people won’t just eat one. The rest sounds good.
Post # 9
Honestly I think you need enough to serve at least 100 (as a minimum, I would even up it a bit from there) for each item at the cocktail hour. Especially the dip – if you only have enough for 50 some people definitely won’t get any.
And with the other items some people will take more than 1 item, and you don’t have enough for everyone to taste everything anyway.
Your dinner sounds great.
Post # 10
I would order a little more for the cocktail hour, at least 100 portions of each, just in case each one is so good that everyone has at least one portion. Plus, there is always the chance it is so good someone will want seconds and if it is already short, then that’ll be a problem. I think at cocktail hour, people tend to graze and taste and usually, no one likes to eat the last few pieces/servings so that cuts into the quantity some more. Of course, all this depends on the length of your cocktail hour. If it is more like 30 minutes, you are probably good to go but when I attended a wedding with a full one-hour cocktail hour with open bar, I think people were eating at least one serving of everything that came around and they were substantial portions – e.g. sliders, spinach pockets, etc.
The dinner menu sounds good. I would do the salad if your September weather is still warm but the soup is it is getting chilly, as that’s quite hearty. I assume none of your guests are allergic or anti-shellfish.
Post # 11
Dinner is ok. But you definitely need to bump up cocktail hour.
Dips (hummus and red pepper) that serve 50 means to me each person is getting one cracker or pita dipped with 1 of 2 dips. That is very little.
People may also want to dip their veggies into the hummus and red pepper dips which will cut into your servings even more.