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Dessert reception help

I am starting to make preliminary plans for my dessert reception (about 100 people). I want to have a good variety but have never been to one of these before so I am not sure what people do. Has anyone had one of these who would be willing to share what/how much they had? Thanks!

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Re: Dessert reception help

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    I would plan to have 100 of everything. Here's some ideas:

    Chocolate fountain with fruit/marshmallows/etc
    Sundae bar with all sorts of topping (crushed oreos, fruit, cereal!)
    Petit fours and the like
    cupcake decorating table maybe?
    or just cupcakes.
    cookies!

    there are endless possibilies.
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    If you are serving alcohol, I would add a few finger foods to this.  A cheese and cracker table, or fruit table.

    * Build your own sundae
    * Cookies and milk station
    * Candy bar
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    definitely add cheese and fruit because a lot of people dont eat sweets or wont want to eat more than one thing.
    im having a chocolate fountain at our reception (bc its included in our package) but we are having an adults only wedding. i would be weary of including this if there are young children- chocolate will literally be everywhere.
    i like one of the PPs ideas of a sundae bar.
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    I like the cupcake decorating station...no worries about cupcakes melting :0) I think the finger food is also a good idea...some people are diabetic and may not be able to eat sweets...or have a smaller table with sugar free items might be a cute idea too :0)
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    Thanks for the ideas. I really like the petit fours and have been wondering for a long time if they will fit my budget. I am having a Victorian wedding and really like the classy little cakes. So pretty! I'm not sold on the make your own stations. I don't want to make my guests do anything themselves and I don't think it does with my theme. What I really need to know is how much stuff to get. Does a person get 100 servings of everything?
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    You want to have enough for each person to have at least one of everything.  A fresh fruit & cheese tray is a great addition to the sweets.  A chocolate fountain or 2 (1 milk & 1 dark) is a good idea, I would have angel food cake, marshmallows, apple slices, and strawberries.
      What about:
    mini-cupcakes
    homemade marshmallows
    Gingerbread men & ladies
    Cream puffs
    Baklava
    Fruit tarts
    Mini key-lime pies
    A Coffee Bar
    Brownies
    Mini-cheese cakes
    Wedding cookies - the ones with ground nuts & a lot of powdered sugar


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    Check out this post from A Practical Wedding: http://apracticalwedding.com/2010/04/self-catering-your-wedding-the-dessert-reception/

    It is a really good rundown of how to throw a dessert reception yourself. Even if you aren't self-catering, it has some really good info.
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    Is this post making any one else extremely hungry? Yum!
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    a coffee bar is a great idea! And your cake needs to be the showcase here.
    you could have various types of creative truffles, candy, etc

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    Thanks! I will check out the link! Love the cream puff suggestion!
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    Echos of PPs:

    Mini cookies and shotglasses of milk.
    Petit Fours.
    Fruit and cheese tray.
    Coffee bar.
    Port or cognac station (dessert drinks).
    Gourmet Popcorn.

    Have a variety of tastes, not all sweet. Fruit, cheese and popcorn cut the sugar factor.
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