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Nov 2, 2008 12:13 PM

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?

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  1. 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
    stuffed mushrooms

    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.

    1. If it's people with kids... you kind of are straddling dinner time.

      Add some meat products in with your cheese tray... sausages, salami etc.
      Add some olives and dried fruit in bowls around the house.
      Add a big cookie/brownie platter or two

      3 Replies
      1. re: Jennalynn

        Only 2 kids at most...

        How about I'll add:

        Hummus in endive
        Edamame w/ sea salt


        1. re: CMizellT2

          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. :-)

          1. re: CMizellT2

            edamame are a bit complicated.. kinda awkward to eat.

            maybe serve hummus with chips and veggies and use the endive to hold a different dip. you can make a room temp roasted pepper and artichoke dip/spread and fill the endive with that.

        2. 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.

          1. I definitely think you need more food. More of what you're already planning, and a few more items.

            1. 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.