Ok we all have budgets to work too but a drinks reception will plug that gap between guests arriving and being seated for dinner, serving canapés will offer a taster of what’s to come, again talk to your caterer to establish costs.
Canapés are designed to stimulate the taste buds not satisfy the hunger, we can often discount our canapé menu if providing the main wedding meal as we are already on site and some of the costs (staff) to provide canapés have already been met.
Canapés aren’t cheap, by their very nature they are hand crafted tiny morsels of several foods, constructed to appease the eye first and taste buds second, and well that’s my opinion. Canapés on a budget can be done as long as you select the right caterer; there are cheaper alternatives that won’t break the bank.
* cook a lasagne the day into a 3-4cm deep tray, the next day square pastry cut small 2cm square portions, heat gently and serve as mini lasagne, cheap, cheerful fed your guests….
* trim Asparagus tips to about 8-10 long, serve blanched next to a small glass of warm hollandaise but guests to dip into…………that will cost you about 15p a portion
Alternatively try a bowl food menu, bowl food offers an alternative to canapés where something a little more substantial is required with limited or no seating. Ideal if eating late with a few hours before the reception meal, bowl food is by its very name small quantities of fine food served in small rice bowls, it will cost more per unit but will offer more in terms of quantity.
More to follow……………….