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Menu planning help please!

I'm having a birthday lunch in mid-may for my one year old son - I have another 2.5 year old son and we are hosting about 25 people, including 6 other (older) kids. It has to be non-meat as my in laws keep kosher and don't want to eat meat in my house ;)

I also should note that I'm very busy with the kiddies so really want to do as much as possible in advance.
Here's what I was thinking:

Savoury:
3 salads - some sort of orzo/tomato/pinenut thing, a snowpea/radish/sesame-miso salad and a crunchy vinegary slaw with cucumbers.
I'm going to order party sandwiches so there's some protein and it's easy.
Then I was thinking I should do some sort of quiche or tart and I'm stumped on something that would be both easy and/or possible to do in advance- any suggestions?
Pesto pea crostini

Sweet:
Cupcakes for the kids
Ina's Lemon Yogurt loaf
Mini peanut butter chocolate cheesecakes
Oatmeal cookies
Fruit

So what am I missing? Is this doable? Any suggestions? Feedback? Thanks in advance!!

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  1. I'm confused. You said "no meat" because your in-laws keep kosher, but you're ordering party sandwiches for protein. So are the sandwiches going to be tuna & egg salad?

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Sorry I should have been more specific: yes, tuna, egg and salmon plus pb and j for the kiddies.

      1. re: mmargo78

        Gotcha.

        Cooked egg dishes are great to do in advance. If you're going with quiche, do a crustless one to avoid the sog factor. You could also make a large vegetable frittata and cut it into individual pieces, or make egg muffins.

        I might skip the salmon sandwiches and make a salmon dip or mousse to serve with crudités & crackers.

        Oh, and I have a terrific recipe for orzo salad - here's a link:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6942...

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I would probably make a strata, a savory bread pudding. Assemble it the day before and bake it at the last minute. I make mine in a big springform pan and unfold it and serve it like cake. Delicious! Smitten kitchen has some wonderful ideas, the lentil chickpea salad, French onion tart etc....most of her dishes are vegetarian and she has a huge sweet tooth. She has great recipes for homemade junk food ie pop tarts, Oreos ding dongs...you could have a lot of fun with this. I have 2teenagers and I've never had success with party sandwiches, they, and all their friends, always hated them.

          1. re: Gloriaa

            I LOVE smitten kitchen! Actually a couple of my menu ideas are from her cookbook! Thanks.

      1. How much older are the 'older' kids. I have 1 chowhound, and 1 who has not yet discovered how delicious some food are. Even though my chow son (age 11) eats a lot of different foods, he'd probably only eat a pb& j and sweets here. These flavors are a bit above him. The non chow kid (age 13) would be filling up on cupcakes, and begging for pizza on the way home. (Neither like mayo at all, so sandwiches would be. No go.) how about some pizza or pasta item for kids who don't have such adventurous palates? (I would be all over the orzo salad)

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        1. re: sunangelmb

          The older kids are range from 9-14 - some adventurous, some not so much! Thanks for your feedback I have rethought the menu!

        2. It all sounds good but I think you should sub out one of the salads for some kind of green salad. I love this Orzo with Tomato, Feta, Green Onions. You can make the orzo and dressing in advance and assemble the day of the event.

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

          And the pesto pea crostini sounds good but here is another favorite of mine and my guests always love it...Pea dip with parmesan. Can be a dip or crostini.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/din...

          My only other suggestion would be to maybe add in a tomato/mozzarella sandwich or a cheese plate.

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