Post # 1
Most of the caterers around here are hella expensive and don’t offer much for vegetarians because we’re in cattle country (which is what I am along with 20% of the guests) My options all over is pasta, spend $100+ a plate for a chief created menu, cater exclusively veggie (this would upset FI) or go ethnic (but my family doesn’t do ethnic foods well). Well, I don’t really care for pasta and I REALLY want to keep this fun simple and casual and avoid blowing a lot of money on something I never really wanted. (I was all for eloping in a magical island somewhere… le sigh)
If we made this a lunch or an afternoon tea would a bunch of trays like this catered from a grocery store be ok? We’d also serve wedding cake and such. Venue is a ranch house themed community hall on a little lake. It’s fairly casual and rustic but also beautifully landscaped with a great view. I seriously want this to be a simple ceremony and have our tea in the same room while there is access to some of the fun summer entertainment (pedal boats in the lake outside, a wadding pool, playground, games room with air hockey, fooseball, table tennis on the lower level) everyone is outta there by dinner time. I already decided it wouldn’t be suitable diner fair.
I’d be plenty happy with a spread like this but I have never seen it at a wedding (thinking more office, birthday ect) I guess at this moment I’m worried about what my guest might think. Everyone in attendance is local btw with the longest drive about 1 hour (I know that factors into how you host people)
Plentiful trays like this buffet style. Does it come off tacky and cheap in context?
Post # 3
im leaning towards a tea party reception too! i was thinking along with the mains im having catered i want to go to gfsand get their frozen soup base so we can have hot soup with our meal! you can rent those soup heater things and you just add water. im sure they have a minestroni thatsts vegetarian
Post # 4
@VossinatorsButterfly: Fantastic Idea!
I think for the afternoon a soup, salad & bread situation would be very weddingish and cheap (easily vegitarian also) You could ahve a couple different varitieys of each. You could even make the soup well in advance and freeze it.
Post # 5
@Pele: perhaps get nicer trays, but for lunch i dont see why not!
Post # 7
I don’t see a problem with the trays of food (on nicer platter) as long as people are expecting “small bites” not lunch.
Post # 8
Sounds pretty good to me! As long as the food (and dessert) is plentiful, this is totally appropriate for an afternoon reception!
Post # 9
@FutureMrsRoos: thank you 🙂 gfs has all kinds of frozen soup base and they make sooo many servings. the nursing home i worked at last bought thru gfs and their soups are good!
Post # 10
This looks great, change the serving platter to something a little nicer and you’re all set.
Post # 11
I’m doing an afternoon tea reception too, and it’s so much easier! We’re having sandwiches, cheese/appetiser platters, gourmet party pies/sausage rolls, as well as sweet things (tarts, scones with jam and cream, cupcakes, etc.). So much easier and cheaper than a “proper” meal.
Post # 12
So long as your guests know what to expect I think this would be perfectly fine!