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Mar 5, 2012 06:04 PM

Main Dishes for a party that are COLD

I'm hosting a kids birthday party and it will be warm out, and I don't want to be cooking while the party is going on. Any suggestions for good main dishes that are served cold?? And not super time consuming to prepare?

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  1. What age range are the kids?

    1. Cold or room temp...those are two different requirements.

      1. Do a variety of subs and then cut them into 2-3" sections so the kids can have a variety of them and only take what they want to eat. Turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, roast beef, veggie sub...

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        1. re: ocshooter

          +1 to the subs. Even the super picky kids (which there are always a few of those) will likely eat some sort of basic sandwich, even if it means they pick off one or two components. Add a salad or two (potato, vegetable, pasta) or a cold noodle dish (love sesame noodles) and call it a day.

        2. A pasta salad with a protein? Chicken, pepperoni, salami etc?
          potato salad with sliced hotdogs (tre chic)
          Pinwheels made with flour tortillas, cream cheese, ham
          spring rolls with protein such as chicken or shrimp

          1. Pork rinds, pickled eggs & slim jims. O'Douls to drink, just like the big boys! (almost)