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At a kids birthday/dedication party at 2 in the afternoon?
 

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Hmmm, 2 is tricky. Might have been chosen because it's "after lunch." If it's at a party place, it might just be cake and ice cream. If it's at someone's home, you might get some snacks. On the other hand, it's not that late, so you might get some pizza or other lunch. Is it someone you could call and ask?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. I guess. I could call her. But, then... I'd be the one answering the phone. We can have the hall from 1-6. Cant' get in to set up until 1. There will be a brief welcome/dedication/blah blah ceremony, and then it will be a birthdayish type party for my one year old. Most of the family is coming, many from out of town, so I feel like I should have SOMETHING, but we don't want to spend a lot of money. 2pm isn't set in stone, but If we're going to be there for several hours visiting... I don't know. I was thinking snacks and a deli sandwich type tray. 65 people though, and we don't want to spend a fortune.
 

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I'd do appetizer-like things in that case... veggie trays, fruit trays, maybe mini taquitos, bagel pizzas, that sort of thing? See if your local supermarket does catering trays; they're often surprisingly nice and reasonable.
 

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I would probably expect a cake, and maybe some other snacks (veggie tray, etc.) I'd say at 2 p.m. you are fine assuming that people will have eaten lunch. Good luck!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> See waht happens when you leave out pertinent details. I think snacks and deli meats is fine. For large family parties, we usually get some of those big trays of lasagna or chicken wings etc. that they have at BJs or Costco. Maybe a garden and a fruit salad too. Potato and pasta salad . . . it's starting to add up.<br><br>
65 is a lot of people. If it were my family and anybody asked if they can bring anything, I'd say yes.<br><br>
Happy first birthday to your DC!
 

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Cake, finger food, and beverages. I like having parties between meals. That way you don't have to worry about the cost of feeding folks a lot of food. Munchies are far less expensive!
 

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A cake. And veggies and/or fruits with dip. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

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Cake, ice cream, veggies, dip/hummus, cheese and crackers/french bread, maybe chips and salsa. I also like to put out pistachios and olives whenever we have a party--they class up even the most mundane snacks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">.
 

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Birthday cake for sure. I would also expect easy finger foods that kids will like veggies, healthy dip, cupcakes, little sandwiches cut into cute shapes by a cookie cutter, little pizzas maybe some crackers with cheese, 100% fruit juices, milk, and of course water. Nothing too fancy, too heavy, or too exotic.
 

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yeah, what everyone else said: birthday cake is kind of a given, but as it's after lunch, then just offer afternoon snacks.<br>
veggies and dip, finger foods, maybe a salad, some cupcakes and cookies, chips, that kind of thing.<br>
If it were me, i'd put "bring a plate of food to share" on the invite. but that's just me being really into pot-lucks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
even snacks for 65 people is a lot.
 

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I would think snacks too. With family I would also welcome potluck for even the snacks, since it will probably be several hours visiting. I would at least mention it to people who are local, even ones who aren't probably wouldn't mind picking up simple stuff from a grocery store in town.
 

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I think a fruit/veggie tray and sandwich stuff would be a nice gesture since people are traveling from out of town.<br>
I think any time a party is not at a meal time you can get away with only serving cake though.
 

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Are you able to cook things and bring them in? You can go to Costco or BJ's and get those big family sized meals and warm them at home, get the disposable chafing dishes to keep things warm as folks are there. Or they do party trays I think.<br><br>
For every family party like that growing up, we did that-made all the food ahead of time in those foil containers and warmed them at the venue. Pasta, Salad, bread & butter, various Polish foods, then appetizer items like chips & veggies with dip, cheese and crackers.
 

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Most people pick 2 so that they don't have to provide a meal - just cakes and snacks. OTOH, people are traveling from out of town and will be there until 5 or 6 (long 1st bday party!), so they may expect more. That's a ton of people for a 1YO's party; I don't really know the etiquette. Even a cake for 65would be pretty pricy.
 

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And at our family things you'd have people asking if they can bring things--take them up on it!
 
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