Family Get-together - Andover, Stoneham, Woburn, Burlington, Billerica, Lowell areas
I would like to host a very casual family get-together on a Sunday in July somewhere around the above areas. I would like it to feel like a house party. I would use my own house, but I live in New Jersey and want to host a party for my extended family in the Andover area. I am thinking an Open House Sunday Brunch type function would be good. There will be approximately 20 to 30 people of all ages, including children. I would not expect all of them to be there the whole time. I want this to be nice, but want to keep it reasonably priced. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
One option is to take out subs (cold and hot) from Andover Deli, take them home and cut them up (or better yet, have the deli cut them up) My sister did this and it was a big success. Their sub rolls are really soft making them easy to eat. Another option (depending on how adventurous your family is) would be to take out a big assortment of dimsum from New China Pearl in Woburn, maybe supplemented by a few dishes or a Peking duck or two.
i think barley's China Pearl suggestion is a great one. It is a very big place and they could likely put you in your own room or section of a room. The main din rm has lots of windows. People get very excited about dim sum; it's a great atmosphere for a celebration, and I think your family would remember it fondly.
We have had the identical situation and have gone to Polcari's on Rt 1 (Saugus?) twice. Our group included 15-20 aged 8 to 80. The seating is open, the service was exceptional and especially kid-friendly. I'm sure the one in Woburn would be similar. It is affordable, the food is decent, but in this case the comfort level is what you need.
Bacci's would be a good choice, too as it is very comfortable and accommodating but check their capacity for 20-30 people.
Am I the only one who has had awful food at China Pearl? Twice. If I am the exception, then it is an excellent option, too.