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Oct 10, 2009 02:30 PM

ideas for party food needed!

we are hosting a children's party and need help planning a budget menu. there will be about 80 adults and 40 kids. some of our initial thoughts:

porto's party trays
costco pizza
albertson's fried chicken
taco cart
king taco tamales

any other creative (and affordable!) ideas out there along these lines? thx for your help!

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  1. Do you mean all of these or picking just one? And how old are the children?

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    1. re: Phurstluv

      picking just one & planning menus around one of these choices. will prob end up making some of the food (for example, if i went w/ the fried chicken, would prob make mac n' cheese for the kiddos, kids & adults don't necessarily have to have the same thing. kids will range from toddlers to 8 yrs old). i know costco/albertson's isn't all that exciting, but they're back ups. was not gonna order the in-n-out truck (which i think is like $1k), but rather...somehow pre-arrange some mass order and just pick up like...120 cheeseburgers (i have no idea if they'd accomodate me). so just looking for other creative food ideas off the beaten path that one might not normally think of for party food (just today, had a thought around phillipe's french dipped sandwiches or pink's). so something along those lines. thanks everyone!

      1. re: fizzy88

        Okay. (deep breath).

        Phillipe's or Pink's. Better call first cuz somehow, I get the strange feelin' they don't need the extra business.

        In & Out, may or may not, depends on which store. But prolly not the best solution.

        I have a great taco truck that'll feed 50 MINIMUM, but for under $10 a piece. All you can eat. Don't know if the kiddie's will be into it tho. Email me offline if you're interested.

        You can get great enchiladas from Gallegos Deli on west side tho. Maybe those tamale packs at Costco. I don't know where you are.... hard to rec stuff across town. Help me out here.

        1. re: Phurstluv

          i'm located in the pasadena area, party will be in the los feliz anything in the san gabriel valley or los feliz/glendale/burbank area. another friend suggested picking up kogi truck tacos/burritos...but not sure if the kids would be into it. ?

          1. re: fizzy88

            Prolly not. And you would have to wander around the city to find out where they (Kogi) are before the event. And then wait in line??? Doesn't sound practical.

            I'm thinking you should stick with a good deli, maybe mexican, and get trays of enchiladas & tacos. Used to live in that area, but it's been a few years, and haven't been up on all the changes in the restaurant / deli scene.

            Just had a thought: Claro's in Arcadia is a really good italian deli. Call them and find out what they do for platters / trays. Also, chainey places like Koo Koo Roo do catering - they may have some reasonable ideas. Used to be one in Monrovia - don't know if it's still there.

            Good luck!

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      1. IN and OUT has a pretty big minimum for their truck, I think - Do you need to have the same menu for kids and adults?? Medit. stuff -- hummus, pita, falafel, kabobs, israeli salad or tabouli -- stuff like that always is good and inexpensive...deliuvery pizza for most kids is a no brainer, although mine is not really a fan (for her 5th b-day party I had to talk her out of serving steamed clams! lol)...for an easy something baja fresh does a decent catering job suitable for kids and adults?? And last but not least - there is always Costco.

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          1. Bay City Deli in Santa Monica... I went to a kids party where this was served and everyone, kids and adults loved it.

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            1. re: Jennalynn

              They are awesome subs, but a little out of the way for the OP who is in Pasadena. What did they serve, btw? Subs or hot stuff? They have really good meatballs & chicken parm there too.

              1. re: Phurstluv

                thx everyone for all the great ideas, but i think i found a decent pizza place that fits the bill! petrillos in san gabriel...they do large rectangular family size pizzas that are cut into squares (so the smaller slices are nice for a kiddie party). AND, their pizza is yummy! def no costco pizza. ;)

                thanks everyone! i really appreciate it!

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  They got a variety of cold subs and cut them into small pieces. It's a plan I intend to borrow at some point ; )