Post # 1
We got a real neat place called The Living Room where we’re holding our May 15th reception. It’s a music venue, primarily, upstairs in a building in downtown Muncie, Indiana … really hip, kinda rustic looking. The walls are all kinds of bright colors, with a blue wood floor … kinda nuts, but you’d just have to see it. 🙂
Anyway, we’re expecting quite a few people, upward of at least 200. FH’s mom suggested serving finger foods for the meal, but I’m not quite sure how that’d work out. I just wanted burgers, fries … comfort foods. But she and FH have a point – with that many people, and our tiny budget, finger foods are the only thing that make sense.
So what kind of foods? I have no idea where to even begin. I want something that will fill people up, but won’t be too stuffy (no little sandwiches or crumpets or whatever, please!)
Also, what about tableware? Is there a classy way to go disposable? Should we be setting plates up buffet style? That might not be good because of lines … I have no idea what we need for table stuff. Again, neither one of us wants anything to be too stuffy, but I certainly do want it to look nice.
While were at it, what about drinks? No alcohol will be there, so we want some fun drink ideas, like a watermelon tea or something. And then, we need to know how to set that up!
🙂 Thank you!
Post # 3
Are you using a caterer or doing this yourselves?
If you are using a caterer, then they could probably help dream up a great menu. Think about your favorite foods. If you want burgers and fries, how about sliders and kettle cooked potato chips? If you want mac and cheese, what about ramakans filled up instead of one huge tray?
if you are doing this yourselves, first make a list of what you CAN do with ease. Then, make a list of what you would LIKE to do. Then do some googling on making these dishes for large amounts of people.
Post # 4
We’ll be doing it ourselves. My family and I love cooking, and FH’s family is really looking forward to doing that. 🙂
Kettle cooked chips sounds so good!
Post # 5
I am a huge fan of miniature comfort foods. You can make meatloaf in muffin pans, sliders, tiny grilled cheese points with tomato soup shooters, ramekins of mac & 3 cheese, crudite in a shot glass with dip, pizettes, and a mashed potato bar!
Martha has a recipe for mini mac & cheese here:
You can certainly pull of a heavy hors d’oeuvres menu (possibly add a few buffet style stations) just as long as the reception doesn’t take place smack in the middle of dinnertime. I’d say either go between lunch/dinner hours or later in the evening when most guests will have already eaten dinner.
I would say that if you stick with a finger foods menu, you won’t need much in terms of plates/silverware. tiny bamboo forks would work well for things like mac & cheese/mashed potatoes and would tie in nicely with your rustic venue. You could even do cupcakes or mini donuts instead of cake to keep with the finger foods.
I would put the money you save on catering/rentals towards hiring a few servers & sticking with heavy passed foods.
As for drinks, you can check your local goodwill stores/homegoods/discount retailers/craigslist for punch bowls, pretty glass pitchers, or lemonade jars with spigots. Or, if it’s in your budget, you could do a soda buffet – here’s a great how-to: http://www.projectwedding.com/wiki/show/diy-an-old-fashioned-soda-bar
major plus with the soda bar is that you can skip the cups – some pretty straws and you’re all set!
Post # 6
If you’re excited about burgers and fries, then why don’t you do sliders? You could have several different types. I went to a gourmet iron chef themed party at a bar a couple of years ago, and they did gourmet sliders. They were amazing. They had one that was Kobe beef, on that was some kind of pork, and one that was lamb. You could also do some kind of veggie burger if you have vegetarian guests. Each was garnished in a different way, and all were delish. You could also do some different types of yummy fries (maybe truffle oil or rosemary-garlic?).
Basically, I think you could have some really great finger food and stay true to your burgers and fries idea at the same time 🙂