Post # 1
My partner and I are planning a small outdoor cake and punch wedding for 50-65 people next spring. I’ve just finished the menu, and would love to have some feedback on it. Does it sound like enough food? Is it versatile enough?
The wedding starts at 2pm, and the reception finishes will finish at 4:30. Everything will be in the same place! In our family, cake and punch is very traditional, so I’m not worried about that.
The other question-should we have enough seating at tables for everyone, or should we do some cocktail style tables? We’ll definitely have enough chairs for everyone, but I’m wondering if we’d be better off having some ‘formal’ seating and some so people can stand and mingle.
- Vanilla bean cake, lemon custard, fresh raspberries, vanilla buttercream (2 layer 8″ cake)
- Espresso infused chocolate cake, dark chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream (2 layer 8″ cake)
- Vanilla bean cake, salted caramel sauce and caramel buttercream (2 layer 8″ cake)
- Banana cake, cream cheese icing, toasted walnuts (2 layer 8″ cake)
- Key Lime Pie: Crushed graham cracker, key lime mousse, whipped cream (24/each)
- Tiramisu: Espresso soaked lady fingers, mascarpone sabayon, whipped cream (24/each)
- Very Berry: Pound Cake, Lemon Mousse, Berries and whipped cream (24/each)
- Mini Apple Pies (48)
- Lemon Cream cheese filling with fresh berries (48)
- Chocolate Raspberry Tarts (48)
- Brownies (2 batches)
- Chocolate Dipped Mini Pretzel Sticks (2 batches)
- Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats (2 batches)
- Russian Tea Cakes (2 batches)
- Slice and Bake Cookies (2 batches)
Fruit, Cheese, Nuts Plate
- Strawberries, grapes, cherries
- Almonds, walnuts, pecans
- Olives, Capers, Olive Oil, Vinegar
- Bread, Crackers
- Smoked cheese, goat cheese, soft cheese (i.e., brie, camembert)
- Sparkling Lemonade
- Iced Tea (sweetened and unsweetened)
- Ice, Lemons, Limes, Cucumbers
Post # 3
Wow, that sounds delicious! With this type of food, I like the idea of cocktail tables. That way people might feel freer to move around.
ETA: I’m not so sure about the amounts with this kind of food, when I have parties I always make too much food. But something like the dessert shots… do you think everyone will want to try each flavor? That’s a pretty unique thing.
Post # 4
Sounds like an awesome menu. I don’t see anything you’ve missed-the chocolate/vanilla/fruit range is completely covered:)
As far as seating goes, yes, if you have enough chairs that will be fine. People will move around so tables will open up at different times.
Post # 5
This all looks delicious! Is there anyway you could swap out one type of dessert for some inexpensive finger sandwiches or pinwheels? There are just so many sweets that someone who is diabetic or has other blood sugar issues might crash very, very quickly.
Post # 6
I think you need coffee as a beverage also
Post # 7
@tracieszcz: Oh, good call! I agree!
Post # 8
@tracieszcz: Coffee is a great idea! We’ll have to explore the options of serving it outside. We were hoping to avoid doing coffee cups.
Post # 9
@MidwestBride2012: Also a great idea! We have some folks with very specific diets and have specific ‘meals’ for them that are going to be tucked away. Do you think it’s necessary to do non-sugar appetizers beyond the fruit and cheese platters knowing that?
Post # 10
@MidwestBride2012: Ooooh, we could make mini-quiches!
Post # 11
@atalante: Doing one per guest seems a bit excessive– anyone else have any thoughts? Doing 24/each gives each person the opportunity to try one. We could do more, though! They’re only 2 ounces each.
Post # 12
It all sounds delicious to me!
Post # 13
@katiebugbug: Yeah, that’s why I offered the caveat that I always make too much food. 🙂 it might be too much. They sound delicious!
Post # 14
@MidwestBride2012: Yeah, I sort of agree with this (even though I think the menu sounds FANTASTIC). Not that you necessarily need more food, but I’d probably add a veggie tray and maybe some little croissant sandwiches or a cold-cut platter.
I love sweets, but I always feel gross if I don’t get a little protein in there somewhere. I predict that your guests will plow through those cheese & crackers before they put a dent in anything else. Everyone loves cheese and most people are just engrained with the idea that you have to eat savory before you eat sweets.
Post # 16
@katiebugbug: I would still get small sandwiches. I feel terrible when I only eat sweets. Like someone else said, I don’t think you need more food, just a bit more protein and savory items. I think it can be done without altering the budget, but just foregoing one of your many (delicious sounding) desserts.