housewarming menu - am I missing anything?
I'm having a housewarming party for around 50 people next Saturday from 3-7PM. I scheduled it in the middle of the day to avoiding having to feed people around meal time. But, I'm having a last minute hesitation about not having enough food. Here is what I have so far:
** Sausage in puff pastery (Ina's recipe using pork sausage instead of lamb) - I have enough to make 4 times the recipe
** Rosemary popcorn - I'll make enough for at least 3 refills in a large basket
** Large cheese tray w/ grapes and crackers
** small bowls of nuts
** Pan fried onion dip with chips and various veggies (enough for refills)
Do you think this is plenty for my non meal time party? Considering it is 50 people - in and out for 4 hours??? Should I add one more item? If so, what?
I think you need a couple of more items. 50 people is more than you think and you can't be sure how much everyone is going to eat.
What about adding:
grilled vegetables on mini skewers
small bowls of marinated olives
pita chips and hummus
Maybe I'm going a bit overboard, but I'm always worried about not having enough food. I usually make tons more than I need but I like giving peolpe choices.
I like the suggestion to add meat products (salami, sausages, etc) to your cheese tray. Hummus and pita chips is a great addition. Homemade crostini w/ a slather of butter, slices of prosciutto and a shaving of parm reg cheese would be easy too. Or crostine w/ tapenade and the parm cheese too.
50 people is a big crowd. AND the old catering rule to live by: It's better to have too much rather than not enough food. :-)
Maybe add some more protein? Chicken satay? Perhaps add another dip or two to your vegetable platter, like guacamole, hummus, baba ghanoush, white bean, muhammara. Hard salami is always a hit with crackers and a thinly sliced baguette. I like dill havarti with meats as grapes. Shrimp cocktail is also good and fairly cheap for a crowd if you buy frozen shrimp.
I definitely think you need more food. More of what you're already planning, and a few more items.
i think a platter of sandwiches would be good - tea sandwiches or just party size sandwiches. it's easy, everybody likes them, not messy, and will fill the hungry ones up.