- 2 years ago
We are having a very casual smallish (under 100) lunch reception. Early afternoon in the late fall, indoors, probably no alcohol. I was planning to self-cater for the most part and order a few trays of sandwiches from Costco. I would like the reception atmosphere to be like someone hired a party planner for a family reunion. Casual, but not lazy or underdone for a wedding, if that makes sense?
I am fairly certain and set on our dessert buffet — 3+ kinds of cookies, brownies and at least one other square, apple and pumpkin pies and cupcakes. But open to ideas!
Beverages will include coffee, tea, water, various sodas and probably lemonade/punch/iced tea. I may also do hot chocolate and tea if we rent a hot water carafe.
Lunch is where I’m stuck. I want to make sure I serve enough and with enough options. The whole thing will be a serve-yourself buffet and I will be doing most of it myself, I don’t think I want to hire staff to dish stuff out. Would using crock pots to keep warm food warm look awful?
Ideas for lunch, please critique and let me know what you would add or remove!
-Sandwich platters, enough sandwiches for everyone to have at least the equivalent of a whole sandwich
-Salad, caesar or greek
-Veggie platter, fruit platter
-Crackers, cheese and meat platter
-A chili or a soup and small rolls
-Pasta or potato salad
-Appetizer foods (spanakopita, mini quiche, potstickers, meatballs?)
What I am looking for is stuff that can mostly just be taken from cold storage and put on the table, or put in a crock pot after preparation and set to warm. Renting chafing dishes is quite expensive around here and I could easily spend $200 just on that, which I’d rather spend on food! So I’m hoping mostly for foods that are either table-safe for an hour or two while people are eating and mingling or would be fine in a crock pot set to warm for that length of time.
I’ve never hosted anything where I am unable to actually do all the setup and stuff myself because I’ll be busy getting married, so this is kind of new for me. Are there enough choices here? Would you like this as a guest, and if not what would you change?