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Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Buffet Bars Part 2

Posted on November 12th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

In my last Simple Wedding Reception Menus post, I discussed some of the many options available for a wedding buffet. As usual, I got a little long winded and had to cut myself short. So today, I will finish up this discussion by telling you all about a couple of the latest trends in wedding buffets: the dessert buffet and the brunch reception.

Photo Wedding Cake Topper

This photo wedding cake tTopper will look adorable atop a pile of cupcakes on your dessert buffet.

A while back, I was discussing wedding dessert menus with some Facebook friends, and pies were suggested in place of wedding cakes. A distant cousin, Jennifer, says, “I think if I ever get married, I’m going to have wedding cupcakes…”

Wedding cupcakes have actually become fairly common in recent years. And, I think a cupcake bar would be really cute in place of the traditional wedding cake. With a cupcake bar, you could offer several different flavors of both cake and frosting. The cakes can be arranged in tiers with a traditional wedding cake topper on the top tier. Read more »

Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Buffet Bars Part 1

Posted on November 9th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Wedding reception menus and event catering seem to be a major topic of conversation within my circle lately. Over the summer, my cousin’s fiancée was discussing the menu for her upcoming nuptials, and my sister suggested a taco bar. I thought this was a great idea, which got me to thinking about what other types of foods could be served up in the same way. It’s easy to please everyone with these easy recipes, as the foods are provided in a buffet style where your wedding guests may build their own main course.

Fancy wedding buffet warmersA taco bar can be a relatively quick and easy menu for the do it yourself bride. The food can easily be prepared ahead, with the taco meats being reheated just prior to serving. Provide a couple of different types of meat, including chicken, steak and pork along with the traditional ground beef. Some guests will expect hard shells for their tacos while others prefer soft shells in the form of either flour or corn tortillas. Another option is hard shelled salad bowls with plenty of lettuce for those who prefer to prepare a taco salad.

Then throw out a variety of ‘fixins’ in decorative serving dishes. Offer the basics, including chopped onions, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, a selection of shredded cheeses, refried beans and seasoned black beans. For sides, offer a couple of different types of rice, Calabacitas Guisada (Stewed Mexican Zucchini), Poblanos and a myriad of other authentic Mexican or TexMex dishes.

The pasta bar is another interesting catering idea your guests will love. Read more »

Country Club Wedding Menus: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted on November 3rd, 2010 by Mandy Webster

In my last Wedding Reception Menus post, I talked about some great, simple yet memorable wedding reception menus. But what happens when the wedding meal is memorable because it was bad? No one wants their guests to leave the reception whispering about how horrible the food was.

Ugly beach themed wedding cake

No bride wants her wedding cakes to be a flop! These cakes were created by the staff of a country club and were supposed to have the appearance of a sandy beach.

One unforgettable wedding reception for me was one that cost an outrageous amount of money, but is most memorable for its disasters. This reception was held at a country club that has a $10,000 minimum expenditure. All of the food was provided by the country club, so I was a little surprised at the disaster that was the wedding cakes. For her beach themed wedding, the bride had requested the cake to be decorated to look like a sandy beach. What she ended up with was an unappealing glob that appeared to have been frosted with peanut butter. Guests snickered and giggled, whispering that they hoped it wouldn’t taste as horrible as it looked.

It is so important to do your research when choosing a baker to create your wedding cake. And if you’re looking for a specialty cake, in most cases you do not want to hire a traditional baker at all. Instead, what you want is an experienced cake designer. Ask to see pictures of the designer’s previous work, as well as references from other couples he or she has worked with. The wedding cake is one of the main focal points of your wedding reception, so you do not want it to be a flop! Read more »

Simple Wedding Reception Menus: Southwest Fare

Posted on September 1st, 2010 by Mandy Webster
Southwest Style Wedding

A simple southwest wedding reception menu can add the finishing touch to a southwest or western style wedding theme.

One way to plan a simple wedding reception meal is to choose a southwest style theme and get several friends and family members to help with preparation. My friend Val had chili for her wedding dinner and says she fed 80 guests for around $100. The meal was provided by one of her best friends as a wedding gift, and Val tells me this was such a great idea. The guests loved the homemade chicken salad and peanut butter sandwiches alongside their chili and soup. As Val says, you just can’t have chili without peanut butter sandwiches.

Chili would be a great wedding dish for a rustic, outdoor venue or a winter wedding. If peanut butter sandwiches aren’t your thing, you could pair it with toasted baguettes or just good, old fashioned saltines. Depending on where you live, there are a variety of other menu items you could pair with chili. For instance, in Hawaii it is common to eat chili served over rice. Some people prefer a sprinkling of shredded cheese or a dollop of sour cream on top of their chili. Many of these items could be served buffet style so your guests can choose for themselves how to prepare their meal.

There are several other routes you could take when planning a southwest themed wedding reception menu. A taco bar is one really simple option which can be prepared in advance. Either the morning of the wedding, or the day before, you (or whoever has volunteered to prepare the meal) can make up a huge batch of taco meat. You could offer just one ground beef taco filling, or also offer pulled pork and other fillings. The meats can be reheated and placed in crock pots or warming trays in time for the reception. Read more »

Simple Wedding Reception Menus

Posted on August 31st, 2010 by Mandy Webster

I’m new to blogging, and I’ve been stretching for a little inspiration to get started. So, I asked my Facebook friends, “If you were planning a wedding, what would you want to read about in a blog?” I got a few different responses, but for the most part, it all came back to food. A lot of already married friends responded to tell me what they’d served at their own weddings or about dishes they remembered from other long ago weddings. And a few single friends mentioned ideas they would like to use at their own weddings someday.

Ivory and Green Reception Tables

You’ve thought long and hard about how to decorate your reception tables: now, what will you put on those plates?

But surprisingly, the menus I heard about most were not your average wedding fare… there were no mentions of fancy dishes or $100 plates. No, the wedding menus that were most remembered were those inexpensive, home style specials that were created by loved ones for smaller, intimate weddings or for those couples who didn’t have a lot of money to spend.

Remember, simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy. If you are planning to provide your own food, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:

  • How long will it take to prepare the food?
  • How much of the meal can be prepared in advance?
  • How will the food taste if it is prepared in advance and reheated?
  • Do you have enough people to help set up the food so you do not get stuck spending your wedding day in the kitchen?
  • Is there enough time between ceremony and reception to set up the meal? Read more »
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