You’ve heard me talk about my Real Food Party Planning Guide and how it is a helpful tool for those of you who are event planning. Whatever the occasion might be and for get-togethers big or small, the plan-ahead menu ideas, list of details not to forget, suggestions on what can be done ahead of time, what to do when, etc., can de-stress the whole process for you.
But what if you’re planning a REALLY big shindig? I’m sure many of you have done just that, and today we need your advice.
A longtime reader friend, Nancy, emailed the other day asking for help. As much great advice as all of you have given me through the years with whatever dilemma I’m struggling with, I’m more than happy to return the favor when I have the chance!
Read Nancy’s email:
My daughter is getting married July 30, 2011, and I will be catering the wedding reception. There will be around 120 guests and it will be buffet style. I was wondering if you would be able to post this on your blog and ask you and your wonderful readers if they had any good ideas on what I could serve that would be nutritious, reasonably priced and delicious!! Most of the guests will be used to eating the standard American diet, so unfortunately I will need to be catering to their taste buds, which is very different from my family's!
I would love to have recipes and ideas for drinks, desserts, and side dishes that are price effective to make for a large crowd!
I'm sure there will be leftovers, so I want to keep the food as nutritious as possible, especially since my family will have to be the cleanup crew!!
Thanks again for all that you do in the wonderful world of eating nourishing!! It is so encouraging to have access to you via the internet!!! You have always been such a great help and resource to go to!!
Thank you so much!!!
Congratulations, Nancy, on the upcoming family wedding! (See the cute couple on the right!)
My only suggestion is to use the Real Food Party Planning Guide and just multiply and adapt those ideas for a larger crowd, but I’m sure all of you have even more great advice for Nancy, so here’s your chance.
- When you’ve made food for wedding receptions or other huge crowds, what Real Food did you serve?
- Were you able to use mostly Real Food, or did you have to compromise in some areas for cost sake? (I’m assuming that would be the case, I know I have to do that sometimes when cooking for larger groups.)
- Don’t forget to add your suggestions for main dish recipes, side dishes, desserts, and beverages, too – Nancy said she'd specifically like some ideas for a punch that isn't sugar filled or one that you have to add sprite to! (The links go to my list of those type of recipes that may be able to be adapted to large crowds.)
Thank you, readers, for coming through for others the way you always do! 🙂