What does/did your 40pp menu look like?

posted 1 year ago in Reception
Post # 2
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I live in the sticks and we had a buffet style meal for about 110 people on a Saturday evening.  With linens and serveware we were around $30ish a person.


  • Fruit display
  • cheese display
  • assorted crudite


  • Ham
  • Baked chicken
  • Stuffed shells
  • Garden salad
  • Scalloped Potatoes
  • macaroni and cheese
  • Green beans almandine
  • Strawberry Pretzel salad 
  • House made yeast roles

…I feel like there was something else that I’m forgetting. 


  • assorted cakes
  • assorted pies
  • cookies
  • brownie bites
  • ice cream 

…and now I’m hungry.  It wasn’t “fancy” food but it was delicious and plentiful.  They hauled out take out boxes at the end of the night!

Post # 4
1895 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

 Mine will be:

Fruit display

Cheese display


Vegetables, ranch

Chocolate fountain


Chicken fried steak


Mashed potatoes




For about 25 pp

Post # 5
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - City, State

Ours is a little bit over ($45/pp) for a Saturday morning/afternoon reception.

Starting things off with …


Cheese boards

“pub treats” (soft pretzel bites, mozzarella sticks, parmesean and truffle oil french fries, salt and vinegar kettle chips) 

Soft drinks, lemonade, iced tea


Then moving onto a buffet meal …

2 salad options (one fruit and nut, one … I forget lol maybe ceasar?)

Vegetarian arepas

Gorgeous gourmet woodfired pizzas with a variety of topping options

Caprese sliders

Sides: ultra-gooey mac and cheese, quinoa salad, potato salad, sauteed kale

Unlimited draft beer, regional wine, and locally-brewed mead


Dessert …

Wedding cake (simple sheet cake!)

Beignets with choice of toppings (cinnamon sugar, nutella, chocolate sprinkles, caramel)

Treats to take home from a local small business confectioner


We’ve got about 50 guests in a non-traditional venue, so it’ll be a very manageable little feast ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
869 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Ours was a restaurant reception just outside of NYC, $40pp, plus open bar. We allowed the kids (there were 5 in attendance) to order whatever they wanted from the menu. and they managed to have plenty of gluten free options for myself and my sister.

Cocktail hour: Assorted pizzas, bruchetta, and 3 additional antipasta


Choice of Pasta

Mixed Green Salad w walnuts and goat cheese

Choice of 3 entrees (Chicken, Veal, Fish)

Coffee, Tea, assorted Cookies


Post # 9
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - City, State

kxbx :  Thanks! We are doing it at a restaurant where we went on a lot of dates, they know us and were willing to work with our tastes and constraints. (For instance: no meat! But the guests might not notice ๐Ÿ˜‰ Everything is super duper delish.) The venue is not appropriate for children so that cuts down on the guestlist by almost a dozen, which helps. It’s the buyout of a back serving room plus patio/lawn area. Our families weren’t super happy about the small wedding, but whatever – we are paying! So we are sticking to a few immediate family members and our closest, most loved friends (so, our “biological” and “logical” families combined, to quote RuPaul). This is our event, we are young professionals on a budget, so the fact that third cousin Gertrude can’t bring her college roommate is irrelevant to us. We are throwing exactly as much party as we can host … and frankly couldn’t be happier.

Post # 10
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - City, State

letsdothisthing :  I would attend a public reading of the phonebook if “choice of pasta” was on the invite. OMG NOM.

Post # 11
784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Ours is around $40 per person. We are up in Maine and are doing a lobster/clambake ๐Ÿ™‚ (With a chicken option and a vegetarian option too, but most of our guests will be going for the lobster!)

Our menu includes…

-Rolls & Butter

-New England Clam Chowder (Corn chowder as an alternate options)



-Lobster (or chicken or polenta)

-Corn on the cob

-Roasted potatoes

-Blueberry Crumb Cake for dessert ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 14
929 posts
Busy bee

We live in the rural Midwest. Our buffet was $13pp. It included lettuce salad, buns, chicken breast, meatballs, potatoes and gravy, veggies, and fruit. (I think that was it anyways). We also ordered sandwiches, chips, and fruit for late night munching. I don’t remember what we paid for those but it was supper reasonable since the catering company did the meal as well. I should note that if we used a venue even 20 miles away in a bigger community, our meal would’ve been easily $25+ pp.

Post # 15
929 posts
Busy bee

We also had cake for I believe 300 people, gluten free cupcakes for 50 people, and a gluten free decorated cake (only the top tier was edible) for $350. This is a lady who does cakes on the side who does awesome work. (She works for the catering company so it was free delivery and set-up.)

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