(Closed) Where to begin? Especially with the food …

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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:

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/recipe/comfort-food-hors-doeuvre

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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