You're about 1-2 months away from your Kauai Wedding....the BIG DAY and your caterer or venue is asking you to choose your menu selection for your guests! How exciting?!! I am a HUGE foodie, so this topic is right up my alley! They ask you, "How many pupus would you like to serve per person?" Huh? Let's start with the basics.
- What is a Pupu?
Pupu is the Hawaiian word for "appetizer." Literally pronounced "poo-poo."
- When and how are pupus served?
From past Weddings you have attended, pupus are normally served during cocktail hour, prior to your actual dinner course, either tray passed by servers or self-served on a Buffet. Pupus allow your guests to get into party mode by enjoying food & drinks while the Bride & Groom are finishing up taking photos after the Ceremony.
- What are some of the most popular pupus served on Kauai?
The biggest hits are Coconut Shrimp, Ahi Poke on a wonton or taro chip, Sliders, Chicken Satay or Beef Skewers, Crab Rangoons and Vegetable Spring Rolls.
- How many pupus should I choose per person?
I always recommend at least 4 pieces of pupus per person. For example, if you are expecting 100 guests, that would be 400 pieces total. Your caterer will either offer Pupus by Piece or by the dozen. If by the dozen, simply divide 400 by 12 = round up to 34 dozen platters. Your caterer will know to serve these platters spaced out, so that it will last the entire duration of cocktail hour.
- What if you are hosting a Pupus Only reception? How many pieces should I choose to ensure my guests are satisfied and this can feel like a complete meal?
If your entire Wedding is a Pupus Only reception, I would recommend hosting at least 10 pieces of pupus per person. If you can add Action Stations to this Pupus Only Reception, I would recommend at least 2-3 action stations as well, to ensure your guests will be satisfied for the evening. You never want to leave your guests hungry!
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Selecting pupus for your Kauai wedding should be an enjoyable process. Consider the tastes of your guests, the theme of the wedding and any local favorites that you think would be appropriate. Above all, have fun in the process and enjoy bringing a bit of Hawaiian culture to your special day. Don't forget to ask for advice from those who are familiar with Kauai cuisine as they may have tips and ideas that could make your pupu selection even more delicious!
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There are numerous delicious pupu choices for you to consider for your Kauai wedding. Consider items that will fit the overall theme of your wedding, as well as what will be most enjoyable and affordable for your guests. Choose a mix of hot and cold dishes from both traditional Hawaiian fare and more contemporary dishes. Don't forget to include vegetarian-friendly options, so everyone can enjoy the unique foods of Kauai. And don't forget to have fun with it!
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