(Closed) Would you be happy with these offerings?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 17
11736 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@emnk:  that is not enough food in my opinion. 

Post # 18
3312 posts
Sugar bee

You are hosting over a meal time, and really have to serve enough to completely replace the meal.

I’m not sure that you have enough to fully replace a meal. There is also a real lack of veggies.  The only veggies is a veggie platter, which to me is not really a part of the meal.

More importantly though will be your counts on items.  Given that this is the meal, you are going to need 20-30ish pieces per person.  The number of items offered should go up as your guest list does.  So more guests = wider variety.

Post # 19
1589 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

A few things to remember:

– That might be enough food for the bees, but most of us are women, and women tend to eat less. I don’t know too many men who enjoy only finger foods. (I know that’s an extremely general statement).

– If you’re having only finger foods, it should be later in the evening, so as to give people enough time to eat dinner.

– If you’re doing this, it’s fine and acceptable in my opinion, but I’d put something like “cocktail reception” on the invitaitons.

Post # 20
182 posts
Blushing bee


If this is all there is for dinner, it seems like its not enough. Also, there is not enough to eat for vegetarians. It is really common for chicken stock to be used in mashed potatoes to make them taste better. If the mashed potatoes are not vegetarian then there needs to be something else. I would be pissed if I went to a wedding and all I coule eat was cheese, fruit, and veggies of a veggie platter.

Post # 21
1299 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Is everyone going to have a seat or is it going to be cocktail style with most people standing?  If it’s mostly standing, you need to take into account that people will need to eat and hold a drink at the same time, so finger foods that only require one hand would be best. Some things you might want to add:

– veggie spring rolls

– putting the meat on skewers

– arancini (these were a huge hit at my engagement party)

– mini quiche

Post # 22
3656 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@emnk:  That’s fine. We go often to cocktail receptions for work and fundraisers that have hearty appetizers like the menu you mention. That is perfectly enough but you might consider adding 1 more veg.


Post # 23
3656 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

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@andielovesj:  No, not when you have sandwiches and etc, you don’t need 20 – 30 per person.

I just attended a heavy appetizer party last week, at the dinner hour.

I ate:


2 servings of nachoes/cheese.olives


2 mini sandwiches


a few strawberries.


1 small slice pizza


2 skewered shrimp


1 potatoe puff thingy


2 chunks cheese w/3 crackers


I eat a lot (I am fat! haha!) and that’s more than most people will eat. I count that as 11 items.


Hey OP mom, I much prefer heavy appetizer parties to boring sit-down meals. ugh. I hate being stuck in one place, I prefer to roam around and talk to other people if I find myself in a group who is not interesting.


I love weddings that skip the sit-down meal.


That said, you need to add maybe 1 more item to the menu for variety and that should be a green or orange/yellow veg.

Post # 25
1268 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I agree, I might replace the chicken with something else. Seems a bit messy, especially considering people will probably be in fancy clothes. I might also replace the empanadas with something else, as they seem to not mesh that well with the rest of the menu. How about caramelized onion marmalade crostinis? I also like the skewered shrimp idea. And the mini quiche idea.

Post # 26
719 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre

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@emnk:  it’s assigned seating but cocktail menu? this seems odd to me, if that’s the only food offered. I’ve been to a banquet before where they had a carving station, and food stations, and then seats for people – but that wasn’t assigned. I could see my group of friends leaving early and going to McDonald’s, but you know your guests.

What style of wedding are you going for?



Post # 27
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Have you considered maybe adding a couple of passed hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail hour? I know that I can nibble on cheese and veggies all day and not fill up, but throw in something a little more “real food” and I’m full before dinner has even started. 🙂 

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