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Dedicated July 2021

Mash-a-tini or Taco Bar?

G + C, on May 20, 2021 at 2:47 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 18
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I thought the mashed potatoes served on martini glasses would look more elegant and would be less messy to eat but at the same time I love me some tacos!

I wonder what other brides think about these two choices. What would you rather have at cocktail hour?

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Latest activity by Willow, on May 21, 2021 at 12:25 AM
  • Cool
    Super July 2020
    Cool ·
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    How formal is the wedding? I do agree tacos are messy but delicious. The martini glasses with mashed potatoes don't sound like the most appetizing option to myself but I do understand that would be easier for most to eat. Are there other options? What type of venue?
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  • Grace
    Super February 2022
    Grace ·
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    I would find it very strange to be handed mashed potatoes in a martini glass. Tacos are delicious but also messy. Taco salads (the fillings of the taco in a bowl with extra shredded lettus) are slightly less messy as they are not finger food. Less chance for drips on your fancy clothes and no need to wash your hands afterwards. This is obviously less of an issue if you are having a more casual wedding. Just my opinion.
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  • Samantha
    Savvy September 2018
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    We did mashtinis at our wedding and all our guest loved them and thiught they were so fun and yummy! We had russet potatoes, purple potato, and a sweet potato option and guest could choose and out the toppings they wanted on them. It was also easy for guests to walk around and mingle too than to have a plate of apps. But I don't think you could go wrong either way!
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    While they are popular are on Pinterest as being “black tie formal” appetizers not everything there translates well to real life. It depends on your crowd. Which would they prefer?

    Either of those would be a novelty for our circle. Half would prefer tacos and half the potatoes.

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    Tacos all the way!

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  • Sarah
    Master September 2019
    Sarah ·
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    What is your main meal? If your entree includes a potato, I’d go with the tacos.
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  • JM Sunshine
    JM Sunshine ·
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    One of the best receptions I ever attended had a mashtini bar (sides to add included bacon bits, cheese, sour cream, chives, etc.). You can get tacos anywhere/anytime but a mashtini is fun and unique.
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  • A
    Dedicated May 2022
    Amanda ·
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    I'd prefer tacos

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  • M
    VIP January 2019
    Maggie ·
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    Neither choice is elegant (your word), but whether food should be elegant definitely depends on the type of wedding. I don't like to eat messy food if I am dressed up for a wedding (though if I am at a very casual backyard event, that's fine), so that leaves out tacos. And mashed potatoes are a delicious side dish/offering with a buffet dinner, I don't think they "fit" as an appetizer for cocktail hour.

    For cocktail hour, food that can be eaten in one or two bites without utensils works well in passed and/or stationary formats. People are standing up, mingling, with a drink in their hands. Trying to eat a taco without making a mess or juggle a martini glass, fork or spoon, napkin, and a drink all sound awkward.

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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
    Sexypoodle ·
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    I prefer martini bars over taco bars. Because, like you said, tacos can get messy when using your hands. But the martini mashed potatoes would have a fork or spoon to use.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    If you’re also holding a drink, then you need a third hand for the fork/spoon which you don’t need with the tacos

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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
    Sexypoodle ·
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    That’s true! But then I also just thought about holding the plate for the taco while taking a bite, along with holding a drink. Since neither option are appetizers that you can just pop into your mouth, having pub tables around might be helpful
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  • Emily
    Devoted June 2021
    Emily ·
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    My vote is tacos!!!
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Mashtinis all the way!
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  • Ariel
    Devoted October 2021
    Ariel ·
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    Tacos! Who doesn’t love a taco.
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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    I've seen both at cocktail hours, and while I love a good taco, I would go with the mashed potatoes. Yes, you need a fork or spoon, but there is less fear of spilling it all over yourself. Typically, cocktail hours have cocktail tables, so guests aren't walking around trying to eat and drink all at the same time. At least not the weddings I've been to.
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  • M
    Super June 2021
    Melanie ·
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    Mashtinis! They're cute and "classy". Tacos are way too messy in my opinion. Neither are really appetizer/cocktail hour food if we're being honest, but I could eat mashed potatoes any time of day
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  • W
    Super September 2020
    Willow ·
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    Are these the only 2 options? I never understood mashtinis. Mashed potatoes are a side dish, not an appetizer. And why are they served in a martini glass? They make as much sense as donut walls, but that's just bah humbug me.


    If you like cute and quirky, and potatoes are not a part of your entree, go with mashtini. If you want more filling food, and you expect guests to be dressed more casually, go with taco
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