I want to cater for my own wedding classy but inexpensive cocktail reception?

April 21st, 2010

Anyone have ideas on nice recipes,i dont want it to be tacky but im on a small budget and all my guests are travelling so i want a nice feed but think its a waste with a sit down formal meal. im also very worried about how much time ill need to prepare as i dont want to be rushing on the day. its a beach theme wedding.

7 Responses to “I want to cater for my own wedding classy but inexpensive cocktail reception?”

  1. josh&carla says:

    Tomato, Basil, Mozzerella salad

  2. ♥ April ♥ says:

    I wouldn’t try to do everything by yourself – definitely enlist the help of family, friends and your bridal party.
    If it is a beach theme why not go with a BBQ? You could do hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, steak, ribs, etc.
    Then all you would have to do is provide some side dishes – potato salad, macaroni salad, green salad, fresh watermelon, devilled eggs, cheese and crackers, fruit punch, chips and salsa, etc. Just try to think of foods that you would serve or bring on a picnic to the beach.
    Maybe for dessert you could do some smores – like a bonfire. It all depends on where you are planning to hold the reception though.
    I hope that this will help!
    Good luck!

  3. tree_munch says:

    I am also having a cocktail style reception. We are having approx 225 and are saving nearly $800 by doing it this way. Here is the menu for our reception:

    Bite sized sandwiches
    -chicken salad

    Salad ranch/italian dressing
    Chicken meatballs
    Pretzles with brown spicy mustard
    3 fruit trays
    3 veggie trays
    3 cheese/cracker trays
    Brownies and cookies
    Pepporoni rolls
    Pasta Salad
    Assorted crab/shrimp balls
    and wedding cake

    Some of the food will actually be coming from http://www.QVC.com in the appetizer section… check it out if youre interested.

  4. annainthebox says:

    Make sure your reception venue allows this!!!

  5. PointsPrincess says:

    EDIT: I was at wk before but now i can write a more complete answer. 🙂

    the way i see it there are two ways you could do this; there’s a very casual and fun “beach theme” with some of the above suggested foods, the standard hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and ribs type deal.

    but instead of of casual beach theme, you could do an equally cost effective ‘tuscan appetizers by the sea’ or something. 🙂

    Here are my ideas:

    Fruit and cheese platters
    melba toast w/ bruchetta http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,171,128181-247196,00.html,
    slice of salami slice of pickle and piece of cheese on a tooth pick
    http://www.grouprecipes.com/24547/football-salami-snack.html, stuffed mushrooms
    stuffed tomatoes
    http://southernfood.about.com/od/tomatoes/r/bl90731d.htm ,
    pasta salad
    http://www.squidoo.com/pasta-salad-recipes ,
    and maybe even some easy tiramisu to keep with the theme!


    very easy fingerfoods, and very classy…

  6. Xanthe says:

    Definately agree with the fruit and cheese platter suggestion. You can get some big blocks of quite ‘fancy’ cheese that will go down well! Add some salami and olives to the platters as well – sort of like an antipasto platter… or even just do an antipasto platter!

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