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#1557034 - 11/13/10 08:24 PM Refreshments at My Recital  
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My recital will be Dec. 17. I would like to offer some refreshments prior. I've never done this before. Any suggestions?


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#1557054 - 11/13/10 09:02 PM Re: Refreshments at My Recital [Re: trillingadventurer]  
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Your own solo recital, or your students' recital?

Either way, how many people do you estimate?


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#1557065 - 11/13/10 09:18 PM Re: Refreshments at My Recital [Re: trillingadventurer]  
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#1557102 - 11/13/10 10:43 PM Re: Refreshments at My Recital [Re: trillingadventurer]  
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My recital is in a local church. My families all contribute some sort of finger food, and a beverage. It's real simple fare - cookies, chips, brownies, cupcakes, sometimes small sandwiches or fruit. I provide plates, napkins, and cups. No utensils, which is why I ask for finger foods. I am usually last to make my way back to the tables, and the pickings are pretty slim by the time I get there. But the idea is just to create an environment where people want to hang around a bit and get to know each other.


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Will all the parents be there, or is this just for the kids?

My son's first teacher used to put our all sorts of holiday stuff ... some cakes, nuts, cookies, and punch, along with some fruit and wine for the adults.

#1557115 - 11/13/10 11:12 PM Re: Refreshments at My Recital [Re: trillingadventurer]  
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At my recitals, each family brings an appetizer or dessert (finger food only) and I provide wine for the adults, little cans of pop for the kids.


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#1557180 - 11/14/10 01:05 AM Re: Refreshments at My Recital [Re: trillingadventurer]  
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Hint - if there are any carpets around, steer clear of colored beverages. Red can be very pesky to remove.


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#1557186 - 11/14/10 01:13 AM Re: Refreshments at My Recital [Re: trillingadventurer]  
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I think there will be about 80-100 people milling about. (I have 28ish students...and their parents, grandparents et al)

Perhaps I will have some folks bring some things.

I like the idea of a big variety...cakes, cookies, nuts, fruit, veggie dip, punch.

Thanks!







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Originally Posted by trillingadventurer
(I have 28ish students...and their parents, grandparents et al)
Don't forget to bring something special for Al - everybody seems to forget him among all the parents & grandparents. wink

Your idea of a wide variety, for a crowd this size, is probably a good idea. I think the first time it's not easy to judge which things and how much, but IMO (as already mentioned) the purpose is not so much to eat a lot as to have an excuse to talk to everyone.

At my student recitals, the popular items are the simple things like cookies, or anything that looks really good, and the younger children are the ones who appreciate it the most.


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Yeh, Al may be gluten intolerant!


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#1557293 - 11/14/10 06:44 AM Re: Refreshments at My Recital [Re: trillingadventurer]  
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Watch out for home made goodies - especially those with nuts. Lots of kids have allergies and the dishes have to be labelled.

Having people contribute is a great idea - lots of conversations will start off with "Who made this, it is great, can I get the recipe?"

Check on the rules for alcoholic beverages before you start making your requests for contributions - the church might not want any on the premises.

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sounds like so much fun..

guess you won't be able to avoid the crumbs.


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You mentioned you'd like to offer refreshments 'prior' to the recital. I would do refreshments after the recital.


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Oh, yes, definitely refreshments after, not before.

Except for the all-adults all-first-timers all-really-embarrassed-to-be-here recital, at which everyone is required by law to get drunk first. smile


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Yes afterwards is best, but if you think the parents would appreciate help to get through the recital, a glass of wine to sip while listening is good smile My families like to do this.

Our next recital we are having full dinner with an unofficial subcommittee of parents who know each other organising the food. The few times we did snacks somehow weren't as satisfying. It's more expensive because we hire the hall for a lot longer and we hire the kitchen and it's facilities as well. One of the benefits of any kind of eating afterwards is that our children always play vigorous games of tag or similar in the gardens outside. It's really good to see a diverse age group playing well together, and seeing the released performance energy expressed in a happy way.
So these days my recitals always contain: music, eating and conversation, sport/running around. It's a good mix.


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#1558411 - 11/15/10 05:53 PM Re: Refreshments at My Recital [Re: david_a]  
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Originally Posted by david_a
Oh, yes, definitely refreshments after, not before.

Except for the all-adults all-first-timers all-really-embarrassed-to-be-here recital, at which everyone is required by law to get drunk first. smile


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yes, I agree, refreshments afterwards. All that sugar before playing? Ask students' families to each bring a plate of goodies to enjoy, that way it's not all on you.
Seems like kind of a no-brainer, but keep the goodies away from the piano(s).


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#1559262 - 11/16/10 09:58 PM Re: Refreshments at My Recital [Re: trillingadventurer]  
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Oh, yes, do serve the refreshments afterwards. I like to serve a light-colored punch with music-themed cookies that I've made with the assistance of a volunteer team. With the exception of a few sticky spots and a smattering of cookie crumbs, there's historically been little to clean up.

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I plan to serve Ruffie-coladas at mine before the performance wink


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#1566188 - 11/29/10 03:29 AM Re: Refreshments at My Recital [Re: trillingadventurer]  
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Thanks everyone. Excellent suggestions. I found out that I can ONLY have refreshments outside the recital hall. Since my recital begins at 5 PM this simplifies everything. It will be too dark and cold to have refreshments afterward.

One of my awesome teenage students is offering to bake cookies and assemble some simple "goodie" bags for my performers to take with.

Three weeks away....very excited....


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PS. Plan on a few glasses of wine afterward. Believe it!


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Originally Posted by trillingadventurer
...It will be too dark and cold to have refreshments afterward....

I didn't know it got 'cold' in San Diego!

Maybe for you guys that's "cold".....for most of the rest of us, it would be 'lovely'.... smile

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I am the typical wimpy San Diegan. I spent a few Winters in Germany and came running home both times with my tail between my legs!


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