Food Update

Last time we talked about catering, I mentioned my dilemma regarding my idea of a true “brunch” reception—including both breakfast and lunch items. You guys were super encouraging!

Reactions from those I told outside of the hive were a little mixed. Some of my closer family members said they thought it was a great idea while others said it was weird and I should stick to one or the other. Ultimately, though, they encouraged me that it’s my wedding and I should do whatever I want—quirky or not!

I don’t always subscribe to the “do whatever you want, it’s your wedding” doctrine. I think input is important and you shouldn’t always do something just because it’s what you selfishly want! That being said, I don’t think the items you put on the menu fall under this category. In designing the menu I was focusing on a variety of items where everyone would have something to eat (including the health conscious and vegetarians). All that to say—I decided to move ahead with my brunch plan!

I did take a few things into consideration. First of all, I want the menu to stay portable and casual. This means no pancakes or steaks!


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Don’t they look delicious? I’m a French toast person myself, but I knew that I wasn’t going to be including pancakes, French toast, or waffles on the menu. Delicious as they are, they don’t really fit a buffet reception, especially when we want to encourage people to mingle and walk around. I’m one of those “don’t let my food touch” people—so if I eat a pancake, I’m sitting down with nothing else on my plate. This applies to all kinds of “syrupy” or more involved foods that I was trying to avoid. Did I spend enough time over-analyzing pancakes yet? Thought so.


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All right, so, steaks. First of all, I hate my steaks rare. I like them well done, and my favorite part is the charred edges. Total side note! But here’s my real point with steaks—and actually all foods in the typical “formal” reception menu—they don’t fit with the rest of the ceremony and reception. We’re in a casual room with a simple reception. Not really steak material—or crab cakes, or salmon, or…you get the picture. Although now I could really go for some grilled steak. Mmm.

So now for the inspiration pictures. Still a work in progress!


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Confession, guys. I only used that picture of the donuts because they had sprinkles. Sprinkles on donuts just make them 10 times better. But anyway, that’s the first item—a mix of pastries, probably including donuts or scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls, etc.


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This picture is of a full-sized quiche, but I actually want to serve mini quiches. At our catering tasting we sampled bacon quiche, which I loved, but I want to have a vegetarian option as well.


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I love fruit! When I see a fruit tray at a party or reception I get so excited for fresh blueberries and pineapple especially. The other option here would be a vegetable tray—but I think I’d go for a fruit tray over a vegetable tray for a brunch reception.


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These sandwiches are a little daintier than I was thinking—this is more of a bridal-shower sandwich than a wedding reception. But I love the presentation!


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I love my pasta salad with tomatoes and broccoli—the only problem with this is that so many people have different tastes when it comes to pasta salad! I want to serve something that doesn’t have polarizing ingredients (so I cut out mushrooms) but isn’t bland. Any suggestions?


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I wanted to include one more item. I’m thinking something along the lines of cheese/crackers/meat/other snackable, more appetizer-type items. They could be included along with the main meal as something to add that a lot of people enjoy.

So we have a mix of three “breakfast” foods and three “lunch” foods. All of them, though, are fairly casual and all except the pasta salad could be semi finger foods. For some reason I’m just stuck on the pasta salad!

Am I headed in the right direction? If you attended a reception like this, what would you think? Is there enough food? A good variety of food?


Mrs. Lemur

Greenville, South Carolina
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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  1. mslemur Bee
    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 12:03 pm

    @SuperDuperBrit: Oh trust me this would be my sister! She HATES cheese so she would refuse to eat it if it had cheese on it… even if she took it off! Gotta love picky eaters 🙂

    I’m thinking that if we do a sandwich station I might even separate it from the other foods a little… hmm trying to figure out the layout in my mind! I’ll have to talk to my caterer.

  2. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:37 pm

    I would just stay at the doughnut station for the entire reception…so your menu looks great to me 😀

  3. eagle Bee
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:20 pm

    Check out Mrs Boa Constrictor. She had an awesome looking brunch buffet.

    Also maybe you and Mr Lemur could go to a Sunday brunch and see what it’s like? Most hotels have them or else country clubs.

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:26 pm

    whelp, I joined the convo a little late…. I love your menu! It looks sooo tasty to me. yum!

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    Ms Kit, Guest @ 3:19 am

    Yeah, I’m thinking that you need a protein. Something with eggs or nuts can go for the vegetarians too and be easier to handle.



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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:10 am

    @Miss Lemur: Good luck! I’m sure you could set it up easily enough. My cousin had something similar at his wedding which wasn’t a brunch but had sandwiches.

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    Sami1001, Guest @ 6:24 am

    What about bagels? I’d class that as a breakfast item. could even just have them with the ham and cheese for people to put what they want on them..

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:20 am

    Ooooooh fruit tray!! I would pick fruit over veggies… and my first picking is ALWAYS the melon. Yum!

    Are there any gluten-free people attending your wedding? If not you’ll be perfectly fine. As a GF lady myself, it’s hard eating brunch items because pretty much everything is bread-based 🙁

    That said! All these foods look really filling, and yummy, and if I could get away with it, I totally would!

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    jordyanna 476 posts, Helper bee @ 12:24 am

    I think a DIY pasta salad bar is a great idea!! If you’re still going with the pasta salad that is … For my two cents about what goes in it – I would say NO mayo. That is for sure a polarizing ingredient (for me, anyway!). And, don’t worry yourself so much on having finger foods with one non-finger food. No one will analyze that as much as you will, so no one will care as much as you! All your guests will care about is if the food tastes good!

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