So many of you were lovely enough to help me sort through the "make ahead" aspects of the bridal shower I did back in April, and now I'm doing a wedding reception for 40 on the 14th (yep soon). She did a real reception in NYC, but this party is for her friends in LA. She wants really simple, buffet style, and budgeted. Also, she can't have wheat, and that's easy for me to work around, but I'm aiming to have the majority of stuff be wheat-free. Not all.
I have some basic ideas of things I'm going to do, based upon what she liked and wants repeated from the shower.... But I have to give her a budget estimate tomorrow (no freakin' clue here), and hoping to propose a "simple" (that's her word, given how not simple her wedding reception was on the East coast. I'm definitely gonna do:
Salmon Croquettes or Salmon Crusted Tartlettes with a Creamy Cauliflower Whip filling and garlic dill sauce that I made up last weekend
Goat Cheese Mini Souffles with some sort of beet accompaniment (she had souffles at her wedding that she just LOVED, and I figured out how to replicate, but i fear I'm going to have to do these the day of, as I doubt they'll hold over well... thoughts on that?)
Probably roasted veggies of some sort
Maybe some sort of lettuce wrap buffet with leaves, a veggie filling, a chicken or beef filling, and some sauces and accompaniments
maybe some bruschetta with various toppings
maybe some cucumber cups with beet hummus
Spring rolls - easy to make ahead
Oatmeal cookie bites (i'm known for mine)
gingerbread bites (her husband loves mine)
dark chocolate fleur de sel truffles
I am ISO other simple, easy on the wallet ideas. Really, what would YOU cook under the restraints? What would be your go to thoughts? I'll improvise off of those, and be very grateful! I'm most concerned about feeding 40 people in this manner... She keeps saying simple, but buffet style, simple and the number 40 is a tougher thing to manage than she understands. Hell, if she had to cut veggies up for a veggie tray for 40 people, she'd get it...
Thanks in advance!!!