Omg, sometimes I do not know what is wrong with me. My daughter's 4th Birthday party is this weekend, and I let her invite twenty kids! She was just telling and inviting everyone to her party, and after she would invite the kids straight up, I didn't have the heart to explain to them that they actually weren't invited. Part of the problem here is that most of the kids are in larger families, groups of siblings in 5s and 4s. So she didn't actually invite many families, it just adds up to a lot of kids, and 6 of them are cousins.
Anyway, with all those kids, my own two, grandparents, (she has 3 sets + great grandma,) aunts, uncles, attending parents, my husband and myself we are close to having forty people at our house for her party!
And then, if that didn't make me insane enough, I totally decided (and put on the invitations,) that dinner would be provided. Now I just want to kick myself in the face. It was just that, in the past, trying to hold her party between lunch and dinner, we always have felt super rushed. Between waiting for everyone to arrive, presents, and cake, and even just one simple activity, (we did pin-the-horn-on-the-triceratops last year for her dinosaur party,) it didn't feel like there was even time for the kids to just play together before people were being picked up. Including dinner seemed like it would give us that time, instead of limiting us to a 2 hour block of madness.
We are vegan. Er... any ideas about what I can whip up for so many people? Oh, please?
I am doing rainbow fruit skewers, and a veggie tray, so I need some sort of main course, basically. I mean, no one is expecting a five course, candle lit dinner with a choice of wine. I think. If they are, they are going to be terribly disappointed.
My only thought so far has been pasta, lots of it, with a sauce on the side for those that want it, and maybe the option of PB&Js for kids that don't want pasta. (Are there kids that don't eat pasta?) I don't even know how many pounds of pasta I should buy, though! To be honest, there will probably be a number of adults who may not eat, but who knows?
The only dietary restriction aside from veganism, and there are other vegans and vegetarians coming as well, is one girl who is diabetic. Her mum said to just not worry about it, and she is a bit older, 9 or 10, but I would like to have some sort of treat for her as well, if I can, as all the other kids will be having cake and candy and that is just sucky.
Thank you so much in advance to anyone who may have some thoughts for me.