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Hi everyone. So, I am planning a birthday party at the beach in May. I am trying to think of what kind of food I can make that would be beach-friendly. Here are the caveats: I can't bring a grille and it has to be make-ahead-food because it's a surprise bday party for my husband and it would be hard to whip something up at home w/o him knowing. Ideas? Thanks!

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  1. don't know what part of town you're coming from nor which beach you will be going to, but

    i'd get a couple of sandwich platters.
    rinaldi's in el segundo for the normal boar's head stuff
    or, for something a little more upscale
    manhattan bread and bagel (www.manhattanbread.com).

    for premade salads i'd go to the deli counter at gelsons

    1. If I remember correctly, you can get Bay Cities to make big sandwiches. And I don't think anybody has ever, in the history of the world, shown up somewhere, found out that there were Bay Cities sandwiches, and been disappointed.

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      1. re: noahbites

        I was going to say Bay Cities too. They do deli salads too, in fact have a catering menu where I think you can order by the pint or quart.

      2. Why not pick up bento boxes from Mako? Yummy and easy to get ahead.

        Little Next Door will also do great boxes.

        You could also put stuff together at the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, and do a wine, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc. fare.

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        1. re: Emme

          Thanks everyone for the great ideas! I really really appreciate it.