How To: Plan, Cook for, and Throw a Dessert Reception

How To: Plan, Cook for, and Throw a Dessert Reception

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Faith Durand
Oct 16, 2007

We have finally got around to pulling together all the resources, recipes, and tips we picked up in the process of throwing a dessert reception for a wedding with over 400 guests last month. Four hundred is a little extreme, but we still think that large parties and even wedding receptions can be catered without too much stress or money, especially when you're just doing desserts. More importantly, doing something like this yourself gives opportunity to make a party uniquely your own - embrace constraints and creativity! And we can't ignore the cost savings, too; for this last wedding we catered, our friend spent about $500 on ingredients, disposable serving cups and spoons, and coffee accessories. We're not factoring in other drink expenses or the actual wedding cake, but this is so far below the $10-$15 per head that a caterer would charge for a simple dessert reception, that we feel that sometimes it is just worth it to do it yourself. Menus for two different seasons, and a collection of posts, tips, and links below. Planning & Ideas Planning, cooking, and serving food for a big party is all about getting and staying organized! Make a plan and stick to it. A few more tips on planning: • Start with the season - what do you want to eat this time of year, and what is in season? Seasonal produce is less expensive, too. • When budgeting, always have at least a hundred dollars in cash at the end for last-minute emergencies and expenses. • With a dessert or hors d'oeuvre reception, plan on about 10-12 bites per person. A two-bite cupcake or cake would count as two. • Celebrations: Desserts for a WeddingHow To: Plan a Wedding Reception Menu Menus & RecipesMenu for a February Dessert BuffetMenu for an Autumn Dessert ReceptionSalted Caramel Ice CreamSpiced Apple Cider SorbetOld Fashioned Cocoa Ice CreamPumpkin Coconut Ice CreamMelting Moments Lemon CookiesChocolate TrufflesChampagne TrufflesChocolate Orange TrufflesSpiced Cream and Plum Verrines with Cinnamon AlmondsAssorted Meringues

Helpful ThingsParty DisposablesCandied Flowers from Market Hall Foods Serving Ideas & Tips700 Truffles and Counting...Tip: Stabilize Whipped CreamParty Tip: Serve Ice Cream in Souffle CupsHow To: Set up a Party BuffetHow To: Arrange a Buffet TableD.I.Y. Wedding Reception Report More on Weddings and PartiesGood Question: Wedding Finger-Foods on a BudgetGood Question: Elegant Wedding Finger Foods?
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