(Closed) What to serve at a late reception?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum

We had a late reception, though not as late as yours, and served heavy appetizers.  Chicken nuggets, mini quiche, finger food type stuff. 

Post # 4
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Have an amazing dessert selection!  Maybe feature a fun sweet dessert-y drink?

Post # 5
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I would do a total dessert buffet-candy, cookies, cake, brownies, pasties, and an ice cream sunday bar.

Post # 6
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

I think an incredible dessert selection would be awesome.  Think the fun Amy Atlas dessert bars.  If you want not so sweet you could do like a nice cheese and fruit display as well.

Post # 7
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

10 dollars per person seems really reasonable as a late night buffet for a reception at my venue would be 12 dollars a person!!!!

People like to snack late especially on NY!!!!!

Post # 8
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

i’d love the dessert bar and champagne and fruits and cheeses and wines?

maybe you can say a cocktail reception to follow?? and do passed hor dvoures?

Post # 9
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

Are you assuming people are eating dinner before hand? If so, I’d def. do a CRAZY dessert selection, and perhaps have a coffee/espresso cart/bar!

Post # 10
4485 posts
Honey bee

$10 doesn’t sound expensive at all. It takes extra work to get finger food sized portions rather than full size.

At 9pm, I would honestly not expect any food other than after-dinner sweets such as cake, etc. However, if you plan to serve alcohol of any kind, you have no choice but to serve substantial food, be it a lunch size portion of something or finger foods. Just having sugar alone from the cupcakes and candy, mixed with the alcohol is going to make people drunk and sick in an instant because there is nothing to soak up the alcohol with.

If you serve the fajitas (a lunch portion is still very filling), even if they aren’t a full dinner portion, you may have alot left over that go to waste if people ate beforehand because they had no idea what you are serving. Some people say they naturally wait until 7-9pm to sit down to dinner and that eating anytime before then is unheard of in their circles. On the other hand, if people do regularly eat that late and thus expect you to feed them, you could possibly run out because they may not feel the smaller portions are filling enough. But if your social circle and family naturally eats earlier, then it shouldn’t be a problem either way. But no matter what you decide, you do need to let guests know that you are serving food even if it is not a full dinner portion.



Post # 12
4485 posts
Honey bee

If everyone eats beforehand, just serve desserts but skip the alcohol so you don’t have drunk guests. Have espresso catering if there is any in your area which can make hot tea, chai, cocoa, steamers (hot steamed milk flavored with any syrup), Italian sodas, etc.

Make sure to mention on your reception card that it is a dessert reception so people plan accordingly. Set out a fruit and cheese platter for any diabetics who can’t partake of anything else and that’s all you need really.


Post # 13
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What about a traditional cocktail hour maybe with a carving station, and then champagne and dessert party.

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