(Closed) Is this Hors D’Oerves Menu ok for a 5pm – 9pm reception?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1815 posts
Buzzing bee

I think you’d be better off with the 3pm-7pm reception idea. If I went to a wedding reception that was 5-9 I would expect something with a little more substance. I think your choices sound good though!

Post # 4
4824 posts
Honey bee

I am assuming this will be placed on tables and kept out most of the night? If so, then I think its enough food (assuming you have more than enough of all of them) Because at the end of the day you are providing sandwhiches, fruit, vegetables and appetizers and its hearty enough.

Although I have no idea what “fabricated fruit and veggies” means. 

And what is the dressing for? I would not recommend traditional salad that is lettuce based if its a cocktail reception. They are hard to eat and usually peoples last choice. Other types of salads would be better

Post # 5
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think your menu sounds just fine. How many guests do you plan on having?

Post # 6
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

 I agree with annetossy.  Menu sounds good, but in the dinner time frame I would like something with more substance.

Post # 7
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@AnneTossy: Same here. These sound good to much on throughout the night but I think I’d want a bit more of a meal at that time.

Post # 8
46407 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t understand what “Fabricated fruit” and “fabricated vegetables” are. Also are “canopies” supposed to be “canapes”?

There are two salad dressings but no salad- unless this relates back to the “fabricated”. It’s not a term I am familiar with. Maybe it’s a regional thing.

Post # 9
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

For dinner time I think you need to serve something a little heavier like a carving station.  It may also help if you serve a larger selection of hot hors d’oeuvres like mini quiche, beef satay, spring rolls.

I’d rather have less cake and more real food.  There is always leftover cake at weddings, so I don’t think you need to budget for each person to eat 1.5 slices.

Post # 10
1278 posts
Bumble bee

The menu does sound fantastic, but I agree with the PPs, for a reception at this time, I would expect a little more substance, you don’t want your guest going to the McDonalds drive through on their way home to finish the meal!

Post # 11
4824 posts
Honey bee

@louisianablue: well she does have chicken kebobs and spanikopita… which are protein and heavier items and served hot.

And she is having canapes- which is just a broad term to mean finger food, so I am assuming there are more items than are listed, so they could easily be the items you suggested.

I think we need the OP to clarify the list.

Post # 12
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont know what fabricated fruit means?  I defininitely would add a carving station or some type of hot pasta, that would be really filling without  being too expensive

Post # 13
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree. Maybe a quiche, or some satays.

Post # 14
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I agree with some of the PPs that if your menu is only appetizers then you should have it earlier during the 3-7pm timeframe.  Otherwise guests are going to expect a dinner.  Not everyone likes all of those options, nor would they like to fill up on the few items they do like.  I know, I know, everyone has different tastes and you can’t please everyone, but I still think the 5-9pm time slot requires a meal.

Post # 15
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@lefeymw: I just think you need to serve more hot items at dinner time.  Finger sandwiches are better suited for a daytime wedding. 

Post # 16
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Do you mean canapes?

I would do a couple things with meat and/or starchs. I know you have chicken skewers and finger sandwiches but if you want this to stand in for a meal a lot of people will feel jipped with a setup that’s mostly fruit, veggies, cheese, and deviled eggs. Especially right at dinner time.

I would add something like shrimp cocktail or teriyaki beef skewers or bacon wrapped something or other, maybe potato something. I’m not big on meat, but I know I wouldn’t feel like I had a dinner if I ate a finger sandwhich, a deviled egg, and a chicken skewer.

mini chicken pot pie


meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potatoes


tomato soup and grilled cheese

mini mac’n’cheese

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