What Hungry, Hungry Hippos Will Eat

After some back and forth with our reception venue, we have officially decided on the menu for the evening. I am so excited about what we’ll be serving! This Hippo loves to eat, so just talking about these tasty offerings makes me happy. Want to hear what our guests will be noshing on? Just for full disclosure, these pictures aren’t from our venue, but I figured it would be a crime to not show pictures while talking food. Let’s just pretend that our food will look like this or even tastier, shall we?

First, the cocktail hour. Guests will be served two varieties of passed hors d’oeuvres and there will be two stationary hors d’oeuvres.

Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Petite Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. Served resting in an ancho lemon aioli in individual bowls.


Angus Beef Sliders. Open faced with roasted roma tomato, homemade dill pickle and smoked cheddar.


Stationary Hors D’oeuvres

Fruit and cheese platter. Fresh fruit hand picked from Dallas’ Farmers Market with imported artisan and domestic cheeses rustically displayed. Some cheeses will be cut, some sliced and some left whole for guests to slice.


Spinach and Parmesan Au Gratin. Served hot with cumin dusted crostinis, flatbreads and savory wafers.


After the cocktail hour, guests will proceed into the main reception room. Instead of a traditional seated, served dinner, we’ve opted for a more relaxed set-up of food stations. Similar to a buffet where guests serve themselves, stations allow guests to have several different food options, but instead of one long buffet table of protein, starch and vegetables, each station is like a mini-meal. Guests can choose to eat from all of the stations, or just snack on one or two. Since the stations will be set up throughout the reception space, it will (hopefully) create more of a mix and mingle type of feel for the reception. There will be five different stations, and I think we have a nice variety to fit a wide-range of tastes.

Food Stations

Authentic slow roasted brisket and pulled pork taco bar. Fresh corn tortillas cooked to order by chef attendant with your choice of roasted tomato salsa, tomatillo salsa, crème fraiche, chopped cilantro, white onions, pico de gallo, sour cream, pepper jack cheese, lime wedges and a Mexican goat cheese.


Mac ”˜N Cheese Station. Served in stemless martini glasses to order with eight toppings to swirl in, including double smoked bacon, green onions, sun-dried tomatoes, ground beef, roasted garlic, caramelized onions, sweet peas, chopped maple ham, herbed bread crumbs, pico de gallo and roasted red peppers.


Asian Salad Station. Green leaf and romaine lettuces julienned and tossed with julienned red bell pepper, shaved carrots, bean sprouts, green onion, baby bok choy, red cabbage and fresh pea shoot, fresh mint and fresh basil. All tossed with a sesame ginger vinaigrette and presented with chopped cashews, toasted almond slices, crunchy chow mein noodles and sesame seeds for guests to choose from. Served in Chinese takeout containers.


Carving Station. Smoked Top Sirloin, seasoned and hickory smoked. Medium rare, medium and medium well temperatures will be available, served with a creamy horseradish sauce. Sweet Chili Marinated and Grilled Pork Tenderloin, carved to order and served with a coconut chili sauce.


Grilled Vegetable Display. Eight fresh vegetables marinated, seasoned and lightly grilled, beautifully displayed.


I’m hoping guests leave sufficiently full even though they won’t have the formality of a waiter served dinner. We are also having an open bar, so guests will be able to get their drink on, too. All in all, I think it will be a great night of tasty food and flowing libations. Basically, the recipe for a perfect party!

Anyone else going the food station route as opposed to a seated dinner or traditional buffet? What are you serving?


Mrs. Hippo

New York City/Dallas, TX
Wedding Date:
March 2011
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  1. Member
    ustechie 320 posts, Helper bee @ 6:33 pm

    MMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!! You’re guests will absolutely LOVE your menu! Excellent choices…and now I’m hungry… =)

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:38 pm

    That all looks so tasty, my favorite part is the mac and cheese station!

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:44 pm

    OMG, yum! Anytime anyone serves crab cakes at a wedding, I’m smitten! :)

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    Future Mrs. Archibald 19 posts, Newbee @ 6:45 pm

    YES! thanks so much – we are definitely doing food stations but haven’t narrowed down our menu yet. LOVE the mac and cheese station, although we also have been talking a lot about a mashed potato bar…maybe too many carbs? haha. we will definitely do a carving station also. I love that you have so much variety!

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 6:48 pm

    Oh yummy. And it looks so pretty. I love the sliders, and the mac and cheese and the carving station… I love them all :)

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:51 pm

    Oh my gosh, that is absolutely amazing. I am so envious of your serving stations. Your guests will love it!

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    PnkBlossom 71 posts, Worker bee @ 7:01 pm

    MmmMmMm. Can I be invited? Lol, just kidding :)

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    ms.moonlight 209 posts, Helper bee @ 7:02 pm

    I want to come to your wedding! Yum-my! I am actually going to hijack your menu and print it out to bring to my caterer. With due credit to you, of course. :)

  9. cheetah Member
    cheetah 297 posts, Helper bee @ 7:08 pm

    A taco-bar! Mac & Cheese Station! Everything sounds so yummy!

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:18 pm

    YUM! I have to agree with Cheetah, a taco bar and mac & cheese station are my favorite part of this. Everything sounds so chic but down-home good too!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:19 pm

    Woah- all that food sounds amazing! I love the idea of food stations :)

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    soupycat 4395 posts, Honey bee @ 7:25 pm

    That looks so good, I love food stations!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:35 pm

    oh my goodness, this is heaven! mac & cheese, taco stations, sliders and crabcakes? you’re guests are going to be raving about it for weeks! :)

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    periwinkle, Guest @ 8:02 pm

    Your guests are going to love this!

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    missbiscuit 1054 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:15 pm

    omg… drooling over here…

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    kayakgirl73 2593 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:30 pm

    Yum. I love Food Stations I wish my venue could have done them.

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    cinnamonbun 1116 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:36 pm

    You had me at Mac ‘n Cheese…. yummmmmm.
    Did I mention bacon is one of my other favourite foods?

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    lobster 668 posts, Busy bee @ 8:42 pm

    Yes. Yes. Yes. I’d like all of it.

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    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:43 pm

    That all sounds amazing! My moth is literally watering.

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    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:44 pm

    um…mouth not my moth. My moth is just fine thanks!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 9:01 pm

    Big thumbs up from over here! We had a lot of similar things, and people went nuts. :)

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    tarabonistall 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:11 pm

    That looks DELICIOUS! We’re having a plated dinner, but now I wish we were having stations! The mac & cheese idea is so neat!!

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:13 pm

    My mouth is watering too! Everything looks delicious! Especially that mac and cheese :) Yum! I would GRUB at your wedding, haha!

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    MissMargie 769 posts, Busy bee @ 12:35 am

    ahhh mac and cheese, yum!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:55 am

    Um, you had me at taco station. AWESOME!

  26. frozen yogurt Member
    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:53 am

    Um…do you have room for another guest? :) That food looks awesome!

  27. starfish Member
    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:54 am

    I just went to a wedding with a mac n cheese station and it was my favorite!

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    Miss Peach Tree 339 posts, Helper bee @ 10:12 am

    So cute! I love the asian salad in take-out containers. I think this will get everyone up, moving, and mingling. Good eats and a great party atmosphere.

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    Lo 538 posts, Busy bee @ 10:43 am

    Can I come just for the mac ‘n’ cheese bar? Yummy!!!

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    clane616 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:33 am

    YUM YUM YUM!!! We are having stations at our wedding too! A meat carving station, a pasta station and a paella station.

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    sadie 304 posts, Helper bee @ 11:41 am

    Sounds awesome! We recently attended a wedding in NYC where their cocktail hour had most of these stations (yes, it was over the top because then they served a plated meal) but not enough high tables so guests were trying to balance a cocktail and a plate so definitely make sure your venue (or rentals) includes a lot of tables. That will = full and happy guests (and less spills!) :-)

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    mjchexum 485 posts, Helper bee @ 12:20 pm

    yum!! everything sounds absolutely amazing!!

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    tocarat 324 posts, Helper bee @ 12:41 pm

    Oh my gosh this is such a great idea!!! I want the mac n cheese with all 8 add-ins, and the taco bar- delish!! We aren’t having a formal sit down either, I like the idea of the stations rather than a buffet. Inspiring, and mouthwatering!!!

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    hopeandpray 328 posts, Helper bee @ 3:40 pm

    i think i would be one of the guests visiting every station! sounds amazing

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    hibiscusgirl 616 posts, Busy bee @ 5:20 pm

    OMG, this looks amazing! I absolutely love this idea!!! Did your caterer give you a comparable price to a buffet for the “stations” or did it cost more?

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 8:47 pm

    That Mac & Cheese station may be the greatest idea of all time!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:56 am

    I am all about that mac and cheese station! Yum!

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    hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:27 am

    @hibiscusgirl: With our caterer, the stations were the same price as a buffet, and a buffet was slightly less expensive than the seated dinner.

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    Wow this look fantastic! I am hungry just looking at the pics

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