Somehow, my wedding is only 5 months away! Yikes! I feel like we still have a lot to get done, even though I had a semi-productive weekend of chatting with a florist at Whole Foods about table centerpieces and inquiring about custom mint julep fudge for favors from a local business.
The venue is also doing the catering for us, and we meet with them in about two months to discuss what we’d like on the menu. We’re planning to have 2 or 3 passed hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail hour during which the Derby will be broadcast, as well as having a buffet-style dinner for our guests.
While I imagine the venue will have some suggestions, I’d like to have an idea of what type of food we’re interested in before we meet.
At the annual Derby party, I typically go nuts on hors d’oeuvres; I don’t serve a dinner. Previous years’ offerings have included fruit skewers with sweet dip, deviled eggs, pasta salad cups, pimento cheese with crackers, buffalo chicken spring rolls, spinach artichoke dip, crudités, and, of course bourbon chocolate pecan pie.
|I could eat ALL the deviled eggs.
Since I obviously won’t be the one doing the cooking this year, I’m exploring more creative hors d’oeuvres options. I’d love to do miniature hot browns, like these found on Epicurious:
|It speaks to me.
These watercress canapés from Southern Living are beautiful:
Most of our guests are easy to please eaters, and I know no one’s coming just for the food. (They’re all coming for the mint juleps.) However, a few guests are vegan or have allergies like nuts or seafood. I understand you can’t please everyone and shouldn’t try, but I don’t want anyone to feel like they’re going home hungry. I’d love to hear your suggestions and feedback on that kind of thing!
I’d also love to hear your ideas on dinner options. Johnny’s mom has asked about ‘traditional’ Derby foods; my only thoughts on that are hot browns and burgoo, neither of which I care to serve for dinner. Johnny’s in favor of barbecue, but I’m afraid it’ll be a little messy for guests, what with all the sauce. (Maybe I’m paranoid because I can’t make it through a meal without getting something on myself.)
What do y’all think? Have you had some truly awful wedding dinners? Do you even remember the food? What about really excellent meals?