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Afternoon party

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by lindenlea, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Husbands 70th is coming up in about a month. Invitations have gone out for a gathering starting at 3.00. I'm hoping about 40 will turn up.Here are my first thoughts for food:
    * three salads eg green, pasta and couscous
    * small smoked salmon sandwiches and ham sandwiches
    *salami and italian cooked meat platter
    * Indian snacks
    * gala pie ( maybe two)
    *cheese board with crackers
    * breads
    * dips
    *tomatoes, olives and crudites
    * those nice buttery bread sticks

    There ought to be a birthday cake

    I might make some other cakes and biscuits and have some fruit out.

    So, basically a standard buffet.
    What have I forgotten and what should I change.
    As you can tell most of this will just be bought in.
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    If it were my OH's friends coming I'd need more vegan stuff.
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  3. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    My invite, sounds fab;):)
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  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    My advice for what it's worth, is that going by the salads we did for the funerals is that we had too much.

    A variety, certainly but I wouldn't do huge containers. We made them in those large clear mixing bowls and few people actually ate any. :( If I were doing again I'd do a couple of different salads in these sort of containers.
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    and then people can make their own choice of salad. Would also help with any vegetarian/ vegans too.

    Those small sausage rolls always go down well, as does anything 'bite-size'.

    And definitely small cup-cakes rather than large cakes which need pre-cutting and even small 'bite-size cheesecakes are usually a winner.
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  5. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Point taken @Lara mfl 05 .if people want the freshness of a salad they might be more likely to pick up a little tom or some carrot or celery batons. I don't think there are any vegetarians.
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  6. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Sounds amazing @lindenlea!

    Similarly to Lara's great advice, I'd just point out that dressed, leafy salads wilt very quickly once dressed! I'm sure you've of this, though!
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  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    That's the advantage of those separated bowls/ lazy Susan- you can put the dressing in the centre and people help themselves. ;)

    By the way Congratulations on your husband's 'Big Birthday'.
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  8. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Looks like a lovely selection. I would add quiche but have a tendency to provide way much!
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  9. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Last time I made a big birthday cake I researched the best way to cut it. I can't find the actual video I used at the time, but this is the same method. It really does make cutting the cake easier and you get many more pieces.

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  10. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    That's brilliant Marlin. Thanks for that link.
    Mind you we're a way off any 'big birthdays' yet awhile.
  11. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    That all sounds delicious. Nothing more to add!
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  12. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Homemade coleslaw. I hate the taste of those supermarket tubs, and it's so easy to make.
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  13. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Indeed and so easy to vary some extras. For example I'm going to do red cabbage coleslaw tomorrow.
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  14. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

    Try doing a coleslaw using vinaigrette instead of mayonnaise, I prefer it, seems lighter.
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