(Closed) OH/PA Brides – Cookie Table Help?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I insisted on doing cookie jars because i thought they were really cute. I wanted it to be simple. My mom made 3 types. That’s all I wanted. But… of course my mother in law wasn’t happy with that so she ordered 3 trays of “traditional” cookies from a bakery.  I’m just trying to focus on how cute my cookie jars looked… if only they didn’t have all those stupid trays around with wrong-colored icing. And no. we did NOT need 3 jars and 3 trays. We had so many left over. 

Post # 19
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Busy bee

Erie, PA bee and I have only ever been to one wedding with a cookie table (last winter in Punxsutawney). I had no idea it was considered a traditional regional thing… Apparently it skips over Erie. I honestly thought it was another Pinterest trend. Interesting!

sorry your in laws are being pushy!

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

My Fiance is from western PA but he has not mentioned a cookie table thank goodness.  With how your in-laws have been acting I’m sure they would be offended for their precious cookies to be confined to a jar.  I wouldn’t even suggest it.  It is cute and reasonable but I think they would not like the suggestion.

On a side note, I bought ketchup once that wasn’t Heinz….it did not go over well LOL.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

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BeachBee1988:  good luck! Mine wouldn’t accept it because you couldn’t put ladylocks and buckeyes etc in jars. ugh.  they also acted like they had never heard of “cookie jars”. like it’s a strange concept to put cookies in jars? I’m like… people used to always have a jar of cookies in their kitchen! 

i think it’s a cute tradition overall… but people don’t bake their own cookies anymore. they order fancy wedding cookies. i don’t even like those fancy icing covered cookies – theyre too sweet! 

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m 45 minutes from Pittsburgh (10 minutes from the PA state line) so cookie table tradition is alive and well here.  I got a few “I can’t wait to make cookies for your wedding!” responses before congratulations, hah.  

Every wedding I’ve been to the cookie table has essentially served as snacks during cocktail hour.  People come into the reception, grab a drink and raid the cookie table.  That’s our plan.  Whatever’s left we’ll have our coordinator condense down the trays so people can munch on them through the night but we’ll be flipping the cookie table over into a S’mores bar later in the night.

Our baker provides to go boxes so I’m not worried about people leaving room for cake.  They can always take it home.  I’ve never seen too many people turn down cake even with a cookie table though.  But then again, like I said, I’ve always seen the cookie table to be used as an appetizer and not an after dinner dessert.

 

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Pittsburgh bride marrying into an Italian family close to the Ohio border. This was a big question during our venue tours in the city. Most were knowledgable and very helpful with the when, where and how’s of the cookie table.  We will have ours near the cocktail tables on display all evening with tulle overlay until we are ready to open up after dinner. 

Post # 26
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Helper bee

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amberback:  The jars are so cute!

I’m wondering if any of you provided bags or boxes for guests to take cookies home. I’m looking for the best take out container at the best cost πŸ™‚  What did you use?

 

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BeachBee1988:  We are flipping the table for our cookies! We just don’t have the space to have cookies out the WHOLE time, so after lunch, our caterer will take the food away and display the cookies.

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

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legos41015:  Thanks!

I did not provide containers, but i guess maybe i should have. It was 1 more thing i didn’t feel like worrying about or thinking about or buying.

As a guest, I think bags are easier than boxes becuase I don’t have to stand at the table and “build” it.  You might want to have stickers or something on hand so that people can fold and “seal” them.

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’ve never heard of a cookie table! I want to go to a wedding with one, though! But man that’s a lot of cookies! I do agree….how much cake is typically eaten if there area 20 different cookies to try?

Post # 29
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Helper bee

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amberback:  I was thinking that, too! Either I would have to assemble the boxes before the event (which I don’t really want to do) or the guests would have to (which I don’t want THEM to do), so I just started looking at bags and stickers!!

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