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After wedding reception party at our house

FayeD | May 21, 2014 04:40 PM

In about a month, our daughter is having an early afternoon wedding reception at the General Warren Inn where the ceremony will also be held. It is basically her show and for the most part, we were asked to stay out of the planning. While about 2/3 of the guests are either friends of the bride and groom, plus some groom family members, about 20 of our friends and family will be attending. Since the reception is mainly cocktails, hor douvres, a few stations offering sliders, macaroni and cheese, and salad - and wedding cake - this is not a formal sit down lunch or dinner and since the party is expected to be over around 4:30, we were thinking of inviting the 20 or so people to an after party at our house. A number of them are from out of town and we would be doing this instead of a brunch the next day. My dilemma is I am not sure what to serve and when to serve it? I think we will be appetizered out but I would like to serve something special that can either be prepared by a caterer or us but not sure when we will have time to do it. I originally thought our daughter would have some carving stations but she isn't doing that and wanted something different. Plus she is a vegetarian. We are not. I like the idea of medium rare prime rib or a filet roast, but I realize these don't usually taste as good if reheated. I am wondering if anyone has done this - either having the meat cook very slowly while we are at the event - we would then have to slice it or perhaps if there is a caterer who could do something like this for under $500 including the slicing? Since there are some people who don't eat red meat, we would probably also prepare some type of chicken dish that can be made ahead of time. My husband can make a good lasagne plus he likes to grill but I think this will be too messy for people since they will be dressed up. Any thoughts on this or any suggestions of caterers for limited service? Thanks in advance.

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