plan my menu
Crockpot (s) of some soup, Chili or stew...nice crusty bread
A large Cheese / Veggie and Pate tray
The large ham with rolls and condiments is a winner also
if you are in a seafood friendly area and the price is right, stone crabs or shrimp cocktail ~ I do a nice cocktail that is wrapped in prosciutto, seared and served with a drizzle balsamic glaze (served room temp)
Chocolate Fondue with assortment of fruit and cake for dipping
And keep small bowls of munchies out, nuts, chex mix or something like that , mixed olives, chips...etc...
And Birthday Cake of course ...Happy Birthday...remember, cake without guilt!! I just celebrated my 40th and will throw a big party in 2 weeks for it so I understand keeping it some what easy, but yet still nice for your guests>