There are basically 2 options when it comes to food for the wedding reception: higher caterers or do it yourself. How to choose from these two options comes down to cost and convenience. Hiring a caterer implies convenience, but at the same time it implies a higher cost. Now this does not imply that doing it yourself would be inconvenient, you can always delegate this responsibility to several people that way everyone pitches in!
Next, there are another 3 options to choose from: just finger food, a full meal, or both. A full meal offers a level of formality, but finger food offers a large variety of flavors for your guests to enjoy. Also, there is another option is to do it potluck style, where every guests brings a “surprise dish” of their own choice.
Finger food ideas from Love To Know:
A selection of sliced breads, bread sticks, or rolls
Deli trays can be attractive.
Attractive fruit trays with chocolate, cheesecake, or whipped topping dips
Fondue stations or chocolate fountains for dipping
Deli trays with assorted meats and cheeses, either for eating or to make cold cut sandwiches
Small snacks such as pillow mints, chocolate candies, or nuts
Wings, either with a hot buffalo glaze, barbecue sauce, or other favorite flavor
Popcorn chicken or popcorn shrimp
Mini quiches, stuffed mushrooms, or vegetable rolls
Sushi or pate
Assorted cheese and cracker trays with or other sauces
Meatballs with assorted savory sauces
Dainty tea sandwiches, such as cucumber, chicken salad, egg salad, or other flavors
Deviled eggs, stuffed celery, or other picnic favorites
Self-serve beverages such as punch or soda
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