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Self-catering "picnic" wedding reception: help!

hansi21 | Apr 27, 201605:15 PM     37

My partner and I are planning on self-catering an informal wedding reception for about 50 people at a nearby state park. It will be in the afternoon-evening, by a lake, and we want to make it feel like a picnic. We both love cooking, but this is our first time taking on a project like this! We want to keep this as stress-free and budget-friendly as possible. Any and all advice you have to offer will be greatly appreciated.

Here are the components we are thinking about:

Cake:
Butter cake with butter cream frosting and decorated with lots of fresh fruit. Planning on assembling at the park, keeping the sides naked. (inspiration: http://tinyurl.com/z764uza ). I am worried about the cake surviving the afternoon heat.

Proteins:
Chicken kebabs on the grill
Hot dogs or brats (Brats are tastier, but more expensive and more challenging to cook. What do you think?)
Vege burgers (from costco) for vegetarians

Sides:
Quinoa salad, with tomatoes and cucumbers
Watermelon
Spicy strawberry pickles
Buns
Ketchup and mustard etc.

Drinks:
Boxed wine (yep, it's cheap!)
Lemonade
Water

Conditions permitting, we might end the night with a fire and s'mores!

Do you think this menu is doable? Does it make sense? What can we do ahead to make this easy? What transportation/food safety tips should we follow?

I love this community, and really appreciate all your input!

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