(Closed) Tapas reception? Help!

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
28 posts

This is typical of a reception down South and what we are going to do. Our wedding ceremony is at a Catholic church from 7-8 p.m. and our reception follows immediately at 8 p.m.

 You can do small plates at "action stations", have stationary buffet set up with fillers (i.e. cheese, veggies, hummus, dips) and hot tapas in chafing dishes. To encourage a free flow, we have ours in four large round buffet style tables. We also have butlered hors d’oeurves at the same time and then "action stations spread out. We have a raw bar, barbecue station, carving station, gourmet macaroni and cheese bar, smashed potatoes and sweet potatoes bar, flambe station and crepe station.

 It will be set up somewhat lounge style, with a mix of round tables, cocktail tables (no seating) and rental furniture like lounge couches. We are making sure to have enough seating for elderly folks and so that people won’t have to balance their drink, plate, purse and wrap. 

This is typical for charity events where I live too. Some people don’t like it but I find it to be very lively and get the party started. 

I would love to attend a tapas reception. What will you all be serving?

Post # 4
117 posts
Blushing bee

This sounds like such a fun new idea.  I’ve never seen this done before but I would really like it, (as long as people truly get enough food).  Even though tapas are small, they should be filling like a full meal.  The way I would want to have this served is have plates of tapas served to each table for the people at the table to take.  Just like if you went to a tapas restaraunt.  You order for the table and everyone takes what they want.

Post # 5
45 posts
  • Wedding: October 2018

I have been to a "tapas" style reception. The bride and groom still had assigned seating with 8 person round tables set up, but then several dishes were brought to each table, one at a time and passed. If I remember correctly two plates of each tapa were brought to each 8 person table. It worked out really well and we were definitely plenty full afterward. I do like the idea of the stations, especially if you are looking for something less formal and more social. Good Luck!

P.S. If you are thinking about traditional ‘tapas’, you might consider serving sangria instead of wine. The wedding we were at did that and it was a huge hit! 

Post # 6
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We are doing this for our wedding.

We haven’t executed it quite yet. But it will very similar to what the ladies posted above.

We are doing family style because our venue isn’t too well layed out for a successful stations. But from what I have gathered, family style seems o bring people together at the table. 

We are serving (off the top of my head:) Jamon serrano con melon, varying cheeses… fruit… olives… 

I assume you are having it catered? Does your caterer have ideas? You can Private message me and I would be lad to give you the name of my caterer so you can look at their menu online. My caterer was very familiar with spanish style food and tapas that you can see what options they provide.

Post # 7
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

I wanted to have a tapas wedding…but it just won’t work out with our venue.  sigh.  I LOVE tapas!

I think you should do it!!

Post # 8
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oooh, great tips!  We love small plates and are definitely considering doing something more along the lines of tapas than your standard 4-course meal.

Post # 10
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Tapas and small plates seem like great alternative to the standard wedding fare.  It’s nice to try a bunch of different dishes and not be stuck with the awful beef or chicken decision.
And I like that you are going with a seasonal fall theme.  I have been to weddings where you get a little Italian and little Thai, a little of this and a little of that.  It’s will be nice that you guys are pulling it all together.  Palates and tummies will thank you.
Have fun! 

Post # 11
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@MissFleurdeLis can I come to your wedding?!  All that food sounds delicious! 

We plan on doing tapas or other small foods for our wedding too, but we don’t really know what we’re serving yet.  I’ve been looking through food magazines and websites like kraftfoods.com, foodnetwork.com, and martha’s site for some inspiration.

Post # 12
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

My fiance went to a wedding last summer like this (unfortunately I was at another wedding on the same day!) and they had a mashed potato bar!!  Everyone seemed to love it because whenever I ask his friends about the wedding I missed they say "you missed a mashed potato bar!!!!!!!!!!!!" 

Just an idea, I think it was more of a buffet then on the table. I wish I could be more helpful.  

Post # 13
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I want to do tapas too and have been searching the internet for ideas..but am still stuck. One idea is to put a lazy susan in the middle of the table with a platter of that tapa while everyone serves themself, then the rest of the tapas come out in family style all placed on the lazy susan in "courses"……I’m not sure if I want to go with this or not, but please keep me updated if you hear of any other ideas and I’ll continue to check ths post too! 🙂

Post # 14
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

It sounds to me like you’re describing food stations — manned stationary or moving food set-ups (like one LOOOONG cocktail hour). 

I think that’s a great idea, especially if your reception space is conducive to it.  One tip, though: make sure to print and display a menu somewhere, so people know what all the food options are, and can make sure they try a bit of everything!  You don’t want someone eating only one of the tapas because he/she didn’t know another favorite dish was available elsewhere in the reception set-up!

Post # 15
9 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m am so glad to see this post. I hope to do a tapas reception, too, but also had no idea how to pull it off. I think we’re going to have a pasta station and possibly some kind of carving station, then a cheese, veggie and dip station. And then I think we’ll have passed trays with enough food for each guest to get 10-15 pieces. (Does that seem like enough to everyone?) We’ll do lots of vegetarian options, as well as fish and meat. I really want to create a party atmosphere rather than a stuff, sit-down meal. But I also want them to bring the groom and I a special tray with a sampling of all our favorites, so we can eat quickly and then make our way around to all our guests. After I talk to my caterer next week, I’ll check back with any helpful update they have. Thanks for the great post!!

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