(Closed) So many questions about reception.

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Heavy hors d’ouerves consist of heavy items such as carving stations with rolls to make sandwiches, chicken fingers, egg rolls, coconut shrimp, mini quiches, etc that you find in the frozen section at Costco/Sam’s. Ask your caterer for their appetizer menu and decide what your guests will enjoy. If they are willing and able to make other selections not listed (some will, some won’t), browse appetizer menus online to see what sounds appealing.

 

What a heavy appetizer is not is a fruit/meat/cheese platter or tea sandwiches. You can definitely serve them though.

Anytime you serve food of any type, you need a seat at a table for each guest. Some people will stand but most will not. Juggling a plate on your lap and having to set your drink on the floor is not appealing to anyone. Also make sure to have lightweight plates. I’ve been to appetizer receptions where the seating was extremely limited which made folks leave early, and then they were required to carry heavy china dinner plates and coffee mugs (even for punch) that were awkward to carry, since you have to have a free hand to eat/drink with and carry a purse, which is next to impossible.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Echoeing Ember78, agreed!!!

You will want some tables so people can sit down, especially older family members.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

Table decorations are entirely optional and for this type of event you can go very simple. Most guests don’t even notice or remember them unless they are obtrustive.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m doing a cocktail reception.  Here’s what I’m thinking:

Beef and Chicken Satays, goat cheese and fig something, beef carpaccio, a soup shot, samosa, a sushi roll of somesort, mini stuffed potato bites, mini spring rolls, fruit platters, bruschetta w/crustini bread, Spinach Puffs, Smoked salmon/chives tarts
 
I’m having servers walk around actually serving the food.  I’m not really planning on people eating off of plates. 

I’m also having a large fake wedding cake with cupcakes to allow people to eat with their hands. 

I’m planning on seating for about half with stand up bar tables as well.

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