Let's talk SOCIAL FOOD! Also known as a late lunch or midnight snack, but not always served at midnight, the food is another highlight of socials. You can NEVER go wrong with traditional luncheon meats, cheese, rye bread and pickles. After a few drinks, who doesn't love a good old fashioned sandwich?! But as with everything, times change, and so does the social food. Some couples choose to follow a cultural meal serve their guests, or some couples want to highlight a favourite food of theirs as their late lunch. Some couples choose a theme for their social and the food reflects that, or maybe simply they found a better price for one type of food over another. Whatever the reason behind the food choices, the reveal of the midnight snack is exciting all on its own. Personally, all my food restrictions go out the window on a social night so I can enjoy whatever comes my way!
Most couples choose to serve the food around 11 followed by the silent auction draw. Food comes out, lights come on, people win prizes. There is no rule of thumb to this, it is strictly preference. Socials generally start at 8pm, and a lot of people don't start showing up until a little later than that. However, 8-11 is still 3 hours of dance music, drinks and plenty of time to work up an appetite! Some socials even serve the midnight snack by 1030. One thing to keep in mind though, you also want to keep people at your social. When the lights go on and the prizes are all drawn, most people tend to leave. If you are making money off the bar, you might want people to stay a little longer. Or if you know a big crowd is coming later, hold things off so they can get their money well spent to support you. There are a lot of things to consider, but in the end, no one is going to care if food was served at 1030, 11 or 1130!
On with the list! Here are the top foods that are away from the traditional. I hope you find some inspiration and something that works for you!
The options are virtually endless when it comes to choosing what sort of late lunch to serve. Pick something that is in your budget and something that you love. When deciding how much food to serve, take the amount of people you are expecting and have enough food for about 2/3 or so of that amount. If you are expecting 350 people, you don't need food for 350 people, I'd go for 225-250 people. Not everyone will eat, people don't eat a lot, and you might not even hit the amount of people you are expecting. Most caterers will help you decide how much food to serve, but if you choose to DIY, then go with the above mentioned amounts! I'd love to hear about what you decided to serve at your social, even if it is the traditional! Let me know what you did in the comments below :)
Man I Love Food,
I'm Laura - wife, mother, farmer and entrepreneur. I love being able to stay home with my kids while doing what I love, and that includes being able to share our love of music with all of you!