Reception after Boy Scout ceremony- Need ideas!

Julie_MI_Z5May 25, 2003

My son's Eagle ceremony is at 7pm on June 17 with a cake-and-punch reception afterwards. My husband and I were thinking of adding "goodies" to the cake that will be offered. There will be about 150 people.

We will have access to a refrigerator, but not an oven. We were thinking about having something like fruit trays, vegie trays, and cheese/crackers/summer sausage. We've also thought about having 3 bowls on each table (one for M&M's, one for peanuts, one for pretzels).

Any other ideas? (I'm not wanting to spend much time in the kitchen, LOL)

Has anyone ever bought the bags of mixed frozen fruit at Sams Club and tried putting them on a platter next to a box of toothpicks? I don't want to be slicing fruit for days before! Or should be put fruit like that in a bowl??

Any opinions? HELP!


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You might try posting this on the Cooking Forum- they usually have some good ideas and are quite helpful over there!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2003 at 1:38AM
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LOL... I don't cook... guess I could give the Cooking forum a try. I'm really looking for something to buy on a tray, pour out of a bag, or remove from a box.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2003 at 6:54AM
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Julie, what did you end up with? I'm looking for the same thing. We are having a cake and punch reception at work for 150-200 people and I need a few VERY easy 'extras'.


    Bookmark   February 14, 2004 at 11:06AM
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We had cake & punch and pop (plus coffee--forgot the tea, but I don't drink either). I went to the grocery store and ordered ready-made trays of fruit and vegies with dip. Skipped cheese & crackers because it cost too much to have it sliced and put together for me (and *I* ran out of time!). I cooked nothing!

We put bowls of candy, nuts & pretzels (bought in bulk at Sam's Club) on the tables between the decorations. The ingredients were supposed to be kept separate but one of my "helpers" decided to dump them all in together. YUCK.

We did NOT get the frozen fruit from Sams; we tried it ahead of time and it definitely lacked flavor and texture.

If I had to do it over I would do it the same. Nobody really pays much attention to the food since it's just a cake and punch reception, and the table decorations made it LOOK festive even it if wasn't anything special. If it had been a "girl thing" I would have bought the circle netting and tied up wrapped chocolates with a ribbon or something.

Depending on your budget a variety of cakes (including my all-time favorite cheesecake) might make a nice addition. You'll need more than one sheet cake for that many people anyway.

Best of luck to you!


    Bookmark   February 14, 2004 at 4:11PM
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