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    • BrittanyC
      CommentAuthorBrittanyC
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Nov 11th 2014
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    Hey ladies, how is everyone?

    I have come to a stop with planning an evening buffet. Im struggling to decide what food to serve and should i do it myself? We are on a tight budget so im hoping with the help of some family members and myself and h2b, that we can make food for the evening buffet ourselves. Has anyone done this and how did it turn out? And also what kind of things shall i make for it? Xx
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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 5 years ago
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    Lots of people provide the buffet themselves.. it should work out cheaper all together :) would you have any facilities to heat anything up or would it be a cold buffet? For a cold buffet I'd expect to see things like sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, chicken goujons/wings/etc, pork pies, crisps, dips, bread, sandwiches, selection of cakes, fruit, cheeses, scotch eggs, pastas, salads, potato salad, coleslaw.. xx

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    • BrittanyC
      CommentAuthorBrittanyC
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    There is places to heat it up. But im thinking a cold buffet. Thanks for the ideas. Was really struggling to think of things for it. Xx
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    • Sammi_with_camera
      CommentAuthorSammi_with_camera
      Got married 6 years ago
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    I have seen a diy cold buffet and it also included a chocolate fountain in the centre of the tables with marshmallows and fruit. It looked really good and tasty too. I think it was only a cheap home bought one. xx
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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
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    Cold buffets always go down well, and are easy to organise, particularly if you get a number of people to bring things. I would say Flossie's list is spot on. Just be aware of hygiene issues. Meat and dairy products will need to be kept in a fridge, and ideally got out right before the buffet is served. If you search online you can probably find recommendations for how long meat and dairy products can be left at room temperature. You might need to have a few friends and family members lined up to put the buffet out.

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
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    It may work out cheaper but do you want to be worrying about it on your special day?

    Maybe shop around and get quotes from different companies.

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    • ElizabethF49
      CommentAuthorElizabethF49
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    agree with IDL as much as it would save money do you really want the stress/worry on your wedding day? I would look about and see what buffet firms are local can offer you.

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    • CommentAuthorPunkpixi3
      Posted: Nov 12th 2014
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    Cold buffets are fab and everyone loves them you can have anything you want; dips & bread sticks/cheese sticks, mini Chinese & indian selection, salads, mini cakes, chicken drumsticks, scotch eggs, selection of cold meats, mini spring rolls, sandwiches, savoury rice, mini doughnuts, chicken satay, prawns, seafood platter, sliced smoked sausage, tuna and sweetcorn, pringles, kettles and doritas crisps, dips, fruit, garlic bread, pig in blankets, you could put a whole salmon on, or cook gammon in coke and set that up with different pickles and compliments and how about serving the wedding cake as pudding...Iceland are really good for this style of food and also Aldi too esp around xmas time to stock your freezer up ready maybe :) xxx
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    • *KelBel*
      CommentAuthor*KelBel*
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    I think it may be ok to do it yourself as long as you've got somewhere to store it, ie any prawns etc in the fridge and keeping other bits cool til they're needed x

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    • CarrieD26
      CommentAuthorCarrieD26
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    The minute you take your buffet from the fridge you have 4 hours until you have to put it in the bin. This includes any prep!

    We are doing our own catering the day before, then hiring someone to do the heating up, plating up and laying out, so we can save money and don't have to worry on the day. I've worked in catering for 20 years, so really hoping to have some unusual, striking platters. Search "unusual buffet foods" on the old internet, then try alternative words to unusual and see what you can come up with. It can be cheap, simple and still stunning with a bit of imagination and inspiration.
 
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