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Jan 28, 2013 10:15 PM

Ideas for an adult birthday party?

I'm hosting my grandmother's 73rd birthday. I'm not sure who, if anyone will help host, so I need ideas for inexpensive food ideas. I'm planning to host 50+ people! The time will be 7 o'clock on a Saturday night. I should mention that in the area we live in, most parties are finger foods, heavy or light depending on the time.

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  1. Pulled pork sliders (pulled pork, cheese, coleslaw stuffed into a little bread rolls), sausage rolls, sandwiches, mini pizzas, stuffed baby potatoes, marinated chicken ribs/wings, little bowls of pasta, curry or salad (with little forks) are all fairly easy to put together, relatively inexpensive finger foods. I would focus on cheaper cuts of meat (so pork shoulder for pulled pork, and chicken wings etc) vegies and carbohydrates to keep costs down. Good luck!

    1. Hmmm . . . not sure the ideas I had for an "adult" birthday party are all that suitable for your grandmother. ;^)

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      1. re: zin1953

        I think that depends on whether or not the grandmother in question is comfortable around hookers and blow.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          True, and you can never tell . . . I once knew a grandmother who -- uh, never mind.


        2. While 7 would be the dinner hour for me, I think you could also get away with announcing it's a dessert party and serving some cake, cookies and cheese and fruit. That should cut back on the cost of the event, though you may have some people arriving later than 7pm for that.

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          1. re: hyacinthgirl

            That's a great idea.

            Although if the other people attending are also in their 70s you might not have a problem with them arriving later. :)

          2. You don't say what kind of a party or food - casual, fancy, ethnic or bland, etc. The two things that come to mind are ham with mustard on biscuits, and deviled eggs. A baked ham is fairly inexpensive, easy to make, and will yield a lot of bite-sized biscuit sandwiches. Deviled eggs are likewise inexpensive, can be made ahead, and usually well received. Maybe some sort of appetizer meatballs (served with toothpicks), tomato bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms. Not knowing your crowd, I'm not sure if these fit your needs.