(Closed) reception food

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Give us some deets like how many people etc.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well, while we wait for the numbers 🙂 I would suggest definitely having water and punch or lemonade and plenty of ice for drinks. You’re having a cake, so no other desert is required.

I would put out cheese and crackers with pepperoni if that is in the budget, that is a bit more filling and most people love cheese and crackers (I do!). Then, if there is still room in the budget, you can add veggies and dip- it will be cheaper if you buy them whole and cut them yourself, you can even buy dry mixes to mix with sour cream etc (or even find recipes online), that might be cheaper- my experience is that dips can get up there in price.

Fruit can be viewed as "extra" desert, so if you have room to add that, I would put that on the same table as the cake, perhaps a fruit salad (again, cut everything up yourself and add a honey drizzle (find simple recipes online) )

This is just a perspective from Buffalo, NY, YMMV 🙂

Good luck!

 

Also, I know you didn’t ask, but I would make sure people realize that a full meal isn’t being served, 12 or 1 is lunch time for most people, even if it is just on the invitation as please celebrate with us afterwards with light apps or something… 🙂

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I would go with a little of each. That way there is variety. Some candy or mints for the kids, perhaps a bowl of nuts, a tray of fruits and one of veggies and throw some chips and dip out there too. That would give plenty of variety!

Ooo maybe some cookies too?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Oh, also, if you have a Sam’s, BJ’s or Costco near you, they sell many frozen app packages that serve 30 people or more, so you can go price those. So if you spend $150 on the cheese, veggies and fruit, you may be able to spend $50 on frozen quiches or pigs in a blanket or something, 3 boxes may be enough for 70 people. Just start researching prices and build your list around that.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

My suggestions:

– DIY Cheese and cracker plate (layer with grapes, dried fruit, and nuts to make it look upscale). 

-Veggie/fruit Trays that you make yourself (you can save a lot of money

-Make your own cupcakes and a small cake that you can cut into.  I think this will be your biggest cost saver.  I made 75 cupcakes (out of a boxed recipe) for my best friend’s bridal shower for about $8.  Even sheet cakes from Walmart are going to cost you more than that.  Add on a small homemade cake that you and your hubby can cut into and you are golden.

 -In lieu of cupcakes and a cake, make different pies, desserts, cakes, petit fours or whatever and serve that to your guests.

-Have a barbeque.  Buy $200 worth of hamburgers and hotdogs, condiments, and paperware and make it a casual southern bbq experience.  This can be done with class and elegance.

 -Serve all the above with some fresh fruit juice punches, lemonade, or ice tea and your guests will be happy.

I know it must be frustrating working within a small budget, but just think of it like you are having a casual cocktail party or barbeque.  You wouldn’t spend thousands of dollars on something like that usually.  You don’t need to go into the poorhouse because this party happens to fall after your wedding ceremony.  If you want any other budget ideas feel free to PM (message) me.

Note:  I noticed that you are in Texas.  We should probably discuss ways to keep things cool if you are going to be outside or out of air conditioning.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

Oops my veggie tray post got cut…

I was gonna say that you should make the veggie trays if you have time.  The pre-fab trays are much more expensive than going in and buying whole fruit and veggies and chopping it up.  At the very least, buy cut fruit and veggies and then lay them out yourself.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

First, noon is an awkward hour not to serve a full meal. I don’t know about most people, but I eat lunch then.

Do you have any close family and friends in the area that could help you with food? If so, do some home catering. A pasta salad, bean salad (save money, soak some dry beans), basic green salad, and little tea sandwhiches would come in cheap if you planned and got help. Tea sandwhiches look hard, but all it is is white bread with the crust cut off and a little filling, which can totally be customized for your taste (curry, or delicate cucumber, or bolder cilantro, etc.).

Simple hors devours are easy, but they won’t keep your friends and family celebrating your love; they are all going to run off for lunch as soon as possible! Try to be creative and be as much of a hostess as you can with that budget.

Also, don’t forget the cost of plates, cups, etc. If money is that tight, see if you can borrow plates and cups from your church, or friends, or whatever.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

LilTexas – I just saw an earlier post about your Tiffany blue wedding and I wanted to share some food/cupcake/design pictures from the shower that I threw.  Super easy and inexpensive.  I DIY’d everything (florals, favors, food)!!!  I work full time as an attorney and still got this stuff done on time and on a budget. 

Cupcakes are really trendy now (In fact, in some circles, a little overdone)  If you want something budget friendly, delicious, modern and cute…go for it.

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Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We are doing cupcakes at our wedding this weekend. You can buy a two or three tier cupcake holder (or whatever it is called, I am drawing a blank at the moment!) that will make it look like a two or three tier wedding cake. We are having a small wedding, about 40 ppl, so this gives our guests a choice of what flavor they like. It especially helps because I LOVE chocolate, but it makes my FH sick

It is less expensive for us, and you can also have different color icings so it matches your wedding colors better. We are getting ours from Sams Club.

I think the punch where are making is just white grape juice, ginger ale and then we are putting frozen strawberries in it.  Ours is a 10am wedding, and we just put on the invitations to ‘please join us for cake and punch afterwards’

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Definitely nothing wrong with cupcakes, and as some pp said-super trendy these days.  If you love baking then I would go as hearther25 said: you can do the cupcakes and then make a small cake for you guys to cut into, and it will be super cheap.

 I also think maybe more than just apps would be good, but it is def hard to do with little money.  What about a potluck?  That way you can get a bunch of variety, and still hopefully have a bit more substantive food?

 

Just a thought-GL!!

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