Post # 1
We will most likely be having a cocktail/heavy hors d’oeuvres reception during lunchtime, for our (hopefully) outdoor, lounge/picnic style reception.
I have picked my caterer and most of the menu items are quite substantial, for example:
- Baby beef burgers with vintage cheddar and relish
- Fish and chips buckets with lemon and garlic aoli
- Salt and pepper squid with lime aoli
- Soy and ginger marinated lamb cutlets
- 8 oz noodle boxes with different salads and pastas
- Sushi bar
These are just a few to give an example of the size. Of course there will be veggie and vegan items as well.
We will also have a large spread of cheeses, antipasto, crackers and breads to begin with, and a full dessert bar to finish with with cupcakes, cookies, pies, truffles (it will probably end up being around 6 items of dessert per person, which I realise is WAY too much, but that’s another story for another day).
So how many of the above savoury hors d’oeuvres do you think I should cater per person? Do people eat less at lunchtime than at dinner? Or will they eat more so they won’t have to worry about dinner? I want a rough idea of what other people think before the caterer tells me what I’ll need, so I know if she’s telling me lies.
Post # 3
Just bumping this up to see if anyone can help.
Post # 4
no advice, but i want to go to there…
Post # 5
On the weekends, I tend to have my largest meal at lunchtime. Maybe count on each guest trying 2 to 3 items?
Post # 6
@JamaicaBride: 2-3 items all together? I would have guessed more, but maybe I’m just greedy. Would eating over a 3 hour timeframe change your mind?
I think you are definitely right about eating more at lunchtime though.I know I would if I went to a lunchtime wedding so I wouldn’t have to worry about having much for dinner.
@Ms. Meowerson You want to go there as in my wedding? If so, thank you. It means a lot to know people would like to attend this kind of thing. I’m really worried people might not “get” it. And if that’s not what you meant, sorry for misinterpretting your comment!
Anyone else have any ideas on how much you would likely eat?
Post # 7
I’m a little glutton, I think I’d want 3-5 (counting a single baby burger as the rough equivalent of 1 serving…not sure how big a bucket you’re planning). It might be more like 5-6 if it were nighttime and I was drinking and dancing and such.
I would, however, consider myself above-average in the food-consumption area. Then again, my SO eats probably 1.5 times as much as I do…so who knows.
Considering all the pre- and post-lunch food as well, maybe 4-5 per person is an okay guesstimate?
I vaguely remember reading something about estimating 8-10 pieces per person for heavy hors d’oeuvres…but I may have imagined that…and also, your food options seem to be much heartier than the usual apps.
Also, I would love the crap out of a wedding with food like this. Sounds delightful.
Post # 8
@Sazerac: Thanks for your input! It’s so good to have an outside perspective on this as I think I’m freaking myself out worrying about having enough food. I want a cocktail reception but I definitely don’t want anyone to go hungry, as many people fear will happen! But I also don’t want to over cater I was thinking I would need around 8 pieces per person, but you are probably right that that would be too much, especially with the cheese station, dessert bar, and a few normal size smaller hors d’oeuvres that I would have as well! It would probably be equialent to over 30 smaller pieces. Yikes.
And thank you for the compliment on the food. I know I would love to have food like this as a wedding guest, I would hate to just be given a plated meal in case I didn’t like it, and I love variety and being able to have a little bit of everything. And I am the fussiest eater alive so if I like it then everyone else should too.
If anyone else has something else to add I would love to hear it!
Post # 9
This sounds substantial and I would be cautious what I call your reception. I think …maybe Cocktails and a luncheon….These can be pricey and you don’t want people to think that the reception is any less than it is.
Post # 10
@Momma: Somehow I missed this post? You are very right though. Food this way will be quite a bit more expensive than a sit down meal, and I don’t want people to think we are cheap, or that they are getting ripped off because everyone has to travel to come. We are doing food this way for the atmosphere and the variety, definitely not to save money (unfortunately).
Any ideas on how we can word it on our invites so people don’t get worried that they should eat before they come? Or should we not even mention it on the invites? I do like the word luncheon. Does cocktail luncheon sound like there will be enough food?