very small DIY wedding - brunch or lunch food ideas and affordable table linens?

I'm having a very small wedding - 35 guests, all siblings and their children. We're doing it outside in the woods. Since we're going to be away from the house, we won't have access to plug outlets and I need to think of brunch or lunch type food that will be safe sitting out on the food table for several hours. 1 food item that makes sense for a brunch will be muffins, but what else could we serve? Do you think deli meats would be alright if kept in an ice cooler for a few hours? Its really difficult to think of safe foods that won't be cooked right there lol. I know one things for sure!! I'm going to have plenty of deserts ;-)...secondly, I like the looks of cute cozy burlap & lace but I don't see anything that cover my 6 & 8 ft banquet tables. Plus a simple yard of lace costs an arm & a leg! Any ideas that might give the same feel? Thanks everyone!
Posted on January 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm
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Hi and welcone!!! 

i think if you keep the deli meats in a cooler you should be fine you could probably even do chicken if its already been prepared and kept cold.. You could do a potaote salad, pasta salad, and a slaw salad as long as you don't use mayo based dressings. Unless you have a way to keep the dressings cold and someone to mix it together before you serve it. If you look on Rachel Ray website she has quite a few dressings that are not mayo based.  You could do different fruits. and of course the veggie tray.

second on the burlap and lace have you looked on cragislist? or other wedding sites classfied like wedding bee or the knot?

a few places to buy burlap in bulk pretty reasonable is Koyal wholesale.com and stumps party.com

hopefully this will help!! if I think of something else i will post it.

 

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm
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 Zeuster is on it! Ditto everything she said! Sorry I'm not more help :)

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 7:13 pm
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 Anything in a cooler will be fine for a couple of hours - lots of people use coolers when they go camping for a weekend, or for a day at a theme park, so a couple of hours (especially if you use chill packs) will be fine.

I used a really good fabric company when I made my roller blinds, but I can't remember the name right now - I'll look back at my emails and find it for you.

Welcome to Project Wedding too!!

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 11:23 pm
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 I'm back!!! Instead of covering the whole table, how about a burlap & lace runner?

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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 When I was looking into using burlap for tablecloths, my grandma suggested using skrim fabric (sp?) and tea dying it. It's almost got the same look as burlap, just thinner. But I went with olive green table cloths and lace runners and used burlap roses to tie in my burlap (:

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 2:06 am
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Thanks so much everyone! Fantastic ideas!
Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:57 am
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You could look for small squares of lace or lace place mats and layer them over the burlap.

 

 

You could also use just a touch of lace since it's so expensive.

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 6:48 am
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You could serve frittatas, cinnamon rolls, muffins, scones, coffee cakes, bagels, yogurt parfaits, quiche, veggie platter or roasted vegetables.

Perhaps a baked good and jam bar... scones, popovers, croissants, muffins, with a variety of interesting jams, marmalades, roasted garlic cheeses, mascarpone, nutella, etc.

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 6:55 am

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