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<p>Let me start by saying we pretty much make everything from scratch except noodles.  This week is going to slam us and baby's birthday party is on Sat.  With work, school, big kids' activities we have VERY little time to get a menus together, especially since we were all sick with a stomach virus last week (we have lots of make up laundry/housekeeping to do).  Can you give me some super duper easy things I can serve our guests that wont take a lot of time to prepare?  DH wants to buy sanwhich trays and salad from a catering place - it is very good but I HATE to do it if we dont have to.  I cant really go to our usual go-to menu b/c it is a bit too much to prepare with little time.  I'd appreciate any suggestions you have.  Oh, we'll have about 25 people, plus 4 kids, 2 babies, and maybe a few extra stragglers here and there. </p>
 

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<p>Are you talking snacks or a meal?</p>
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<p>Real easy party food for snacks -</p>
<p>hummus, pita triangles and veggies</p>
<p>Fruit tray - at this time of year, sliced apples, sectioned oranges, if you can find them, some grape clusters. </p>
<p>Cheese tray - Go simple, some cheddar, some jack, maybe some swiss or something else a little "fancier".  If you want to put out bread/rolls for sandwiches, go for slices - either buy presliced or have the deli counter slice it.  If you want to skip the breads, just cut it into cubes, a good size for finger foods. </p>
<p>Sandwich tray - again, if you want to skip the sandwiches, do.  If not, a couple different types of rolls, a dish of mustard, and some sliced meats (turkey, ham, salami).  If you want to just do the meats, you can buy them unsliced (in a chunk) from the deli counter and cut into cubes just like the cheese.  Put out some toothpicks for spearing - kids love that.  Alternately, you can just put out crackers instead of breads and let people assemble their own little cracker sandwiches. </p>
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<p>The above is pretty much what we did for DS' 1st bday.  None of it took all that much time to prep.  I started the hummus 3 days before (soaking the dry chickpeas), cooked them on Thursday, pureed them on Friday, served on Saturday.  Then I made cupcakes for dessert, and called it good.  We had about 40-ish people and nobody went home hungry. </p>
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<p>Do you have anyone who might be willing to bring a dish?  Deviled eggs are always a hit, if someone else makes them (too time consuming for me).  Another easy quick dish I've done in the past is tortellini boiled and chilled, then skewered served with a cold sauce (usually something like pesto cream).  Again, make ahead, not a lot of work, and yummy. </p>
 

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<p>I second all the ideas above.</p>
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<p>I'll add:</p>
<p>Pigs in a blanket</p>
<p>Ants on a log</p>
<p>Chips and Salsa</p>
<p>Anything you can throw in a crockpot and just turn on and leave like beans or chili</p>
<p>Easy baked things work well too, and are filling like lasagna</p>
<p>Salads (veggie/fruit/ambrosia/potato/coleslaw etc.)</p>
<p>Make your own stations (sandwiches/sundaes/plain yogurt with fillings etc.)</p>
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<p>Some of these aren't the healthiest of choices, but they give you some ideas that you may be able to jump off of.</p>
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<p>Additionally, you may be able over the next week be able to have the older kids spend a little bit of time prepping here and there and then throwing it in the fridge/freezer for making the day of.</p>
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<p>Good luck!</p>
 

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<p>I'll suggest a go-to menu at our house -</p>
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<p>crockpot pulled pork with rolls</p>
<p>potato salad (with a honey dijon vinaigrette dressing)</p>
<p>pasta salad</p>
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<p>They can all be made ahead and served at room temp. :)</p>
 

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<p>It's cold here so I've got winter dishes in mind</p>
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<p>Jacket potatos, put out a few toppings, tuna mayo, cheese, sour cream, maybe even a chilli if you have time to make it.</p>
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<p>Soup and crusty bread. You could make the soup a day or two before the party and just reheat.</p>
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<p>Thanks for the ideas.  We are doing pasta salad, potato salad, chips, and a crock pot something.  easy peasy!  Thanks!</p>
 

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<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kitchensqueen</strong> <a href="/community/t/1344366/need-party-food-ideas-quick-before-dh-orders-catering#post_16867793"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>I'll suggest a go-to menu at our house -</p>
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<p>crockpot pulled pork with rolls</p>
<p>potato salad (with a honey dijon vinaigrette dressing)</p>
<p>pasta salad</p>
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<p>They can all be made ahead and served at room temp. :)</p>
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<br><br><p>Can you share the potato salad recipe???</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lisoula</strong> <a href="/community/t/1344366/need-party-food-ideas-quick-before-dh-orders-catering#post_16872422"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>Can you share the potato salad recipe???</p>
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Sure! It's sooooo good - <a href="http://apartmentfarm.wordpress.com/2007/05/28/memorial-day-dinner/" target="_blank">here it is</a> on my blog. :)</p>
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