Post # 1
Hi beautiful bees,
First I want to say thank you to the many bees who helped me change my original menu to a much more desirable menu….I just wanted to give an update on the changes that I have made.
Old menu: BBQ meatballs, pizza bites, chips n dip, pin wheels, garlic knots etc.
Tray of baked ziti with meatballs
Tray of baked mac and cheese
Wood tray of cheeses, meats, dried fruit and olives
artichoke dip with sliced baguettes
prosciutto wrapped melon
Cream cheese and jelly spread
gluten-free cheese bread
Some ideas i took from the wonderful suggestions some of you ladies gave me. So….what’d y’all think? 🙂
Post # 2
I think it looks great! If it were me I would not do both the ziti and mac and cheese. Not only do I think it’s a bit redundant but I know it’s something I’d regret getting myself into and overcomplicating things. Less is more. That’s me. You might be more generous or ambitions or just coo coo for ziti and mac and cheese.
I would add some veg. Can keep it simple. Sliced cukes and radishes. Or a basic crudites tray.
I have to say that you take constructive criticism/guidance VERY well. Well done!
Post # 3
Mmm this all sounds delicious 🙂
What about dessert?
Post # 4
@wildflowerz: Thanks bee! Well you all had very good points and I realized that my original menu wasn’t as good as I thought.
@sapphire27: Desserts for now is assorted cookies & cupcakes….not sure if i should change those too.
Post # 5
appleblossom217 : Cookies and cupcakes sound great to me! 😉 Maybe some fruit and dip as well?
Post # 6
This all sounds great! I do agree that you might not need both pastas (or that if you want more quantity making two trays of one would be simpler), but they sound delish and I’m sure they’ll be a hit.
Post # 7
The new menu sounds lovely- but in all honesty I liked your original menu and the cocktail/ apps atmosphere. I’m sure the new menu would be delicious and well-received as well, but it seems more like a sit down meal or buffet than the original ambiance you were going for. I think the apps with the chicken wing dip and meatballs and tortillas and artichoke dip sounded lovely. (You could take the wood tray of meat/cheese/dried fruit & olives plus a veggie and dip plate and add to the apps list if you wanted to round it out more).
Post # 8
New menu looks great! Just a few more suggestions from me…:)
I’d do away with one of the pasta options and just do 2 trays as suggested by browneyedgirl24. I think there’s also too many cheese options now so I’d adjust maybe 2 of them and substitute with meat or veggie apps. For dessert, what about adding chocolate fondue? If you have a portable gas range, you could heat up a pot of melted chocolate bars or whatever you use to make fondue, and provide a tray of sliced fruit, marshmallows, etc. that people can dip with skewers.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN
2 trays of ziti and add garlic bread or Texas toast!
Post # 10
Ah ok. Could I do Mac n cheese tray but leave the meatballs as a side? (No ziti). I understand the “a lot of cheese thing”, I’m terrible with coming up with ideas…
Post # 11
Oh no bees now I’m dressing again….which cheese option should I remove?
Post # 12
I like meatballs as a side. My crowd loves them, never any left over. Are your friends bringing any thing? About 50% of my peps bring apps even if you tell them everything is covered.
Post # 13
appleblossom217 : “Ah ok. Could I do Mac n cheese tray but leave the meatballs as a side? (No ziti).”
Yes, that is what I would do.
Post # 14
It sounds great. I want to come! Have fun and good luck.
Post # 15
Your tradition sounds like so much fun! I love it when friends get incorporated into holiday traditions. =)
I’m just curious: you mention being in a new apartment. Is part of the reason you wanted a cocktail party because you might not have enough furniture for people to sit and have a proper meal? If that’s the case, I’d recommend sticking to bites and small sandwiches. I love a cocktail party and don’t mind making a meal of small bites and substantial hors-d’oeuvres, especially if the other option is sitting on the edge of a futon and trying to balance my glass of wine while eating a pasta dish or a piece of steak.
If furniture isn’t a problem, I hope you don’t mind me offering a totally new idea: taco party! I used to cater and it made me SUCH a better dinner party host. Taco parties are great for larger (10+) groups because you can keep things feeling somewhat upscale but the work is SO much less. There’s a bunch of dishes you can make ahead of time (slow cooker barbacoa, guacamole, salsas, flan, etc.), and the setup is extremely easy. Have a few easy apps (guacamole and salsas with chips, store/restaurant-bought tamales, etc.) and then for the main bar just set out a bunch of toppings, rewarm your meat option, and let people go to town! Drinks are also super easy; large batch margaritas or you could do a spiked agua fresca.
Didn’t mean to throw a wild card into your planning process. I just love tacos.