(Closed) What to serve???

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@sunshine.lover:  Where is your reception being held, is it indoors/outdoors? This info would help in order to give you some nice afternoon food options. πŸ™‚

Post # 5
2552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would do brunch/tea time foods:

fruit salad, delicious pastries, scones, finger sandwiches, smoked salmon, cheeses, victoria sponge, breads, etc.

Post # 6
23 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I woulfranchaiseaise variety of cold platters such as cheeses, cold cuts, finger ffood then hot food such as pasta salad, chicken franchaiseaise then desserts

Post # 7
9048 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

What kind of budget are you looking at? 

You could just do desserts/punch if you want to keep it really minimal.  Maybe basic veggie/dip, cheese/cracker kind of trays.  Or you could bring in full heavy apps.  It’s really up to you, and you’re not giving much idea of what your hopes might be.

Are you doing professional catering or DIY’ing the food?  Using the church ladies?

Post # 9
1744 posts
Bumble bee

It could be as simple as coffee, tea, lemonade or punch and cake / cupcakes or pretty elaborate.

I just did an afternoon tea for a bridal shower for a family member not long ago.  I kinda went crazy – I like to putter in the kitchen.  None of this was hard, a lot was able to be done ahead of time, but it did take some time on the day of to assemble and present it.  

We had several kinds of cookies (can be made ahead and frozen) sugar cookies frosted in your colors, russian tea cookies, lemon bars, madelines.  Strawberries stuffed with sweetened cream cheese. Tartlets (premade pie crusts cut with a biscuit cutter and put in mini-muffin tins) baked then filled with either sweet (pastry cream) or savory(salmon mousse) fillings – they’re bite sized and a little filling goes a long way. Finger sandwiches:  egg salad, artichoke filling, chicken salad, cucumber/watercress.  Scones.

Lots of possibilities depending on your vision and budget.

Post # 10
47409 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

After a 3 pm wedding, people are not expecting a meal. They have plenty of time to get lunch before the wedding and dinner after.

You could serve a traditional afternoon tea ( but add other beverages) with scones, tea sandwiches, and a selection of sweets.

You could supplement that with fruit and vegetable trays, a cheese platter etc if you wish.

I would keep it simple so nothing needs heating, cutting etc.

Post # 11
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our reception should start around 2:30 or 3:00. We’re serving some more substantial appetizers (fried shrimp, meatballs, caprese salad, veggie cheese & prosciutto skewers), alcohol/tea/water, and cake. We may or may not supplement with some cracker and cheese from Costco.

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