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Party for my Folks

I expect to have upward of 130 people at my folks party, I am looking for suggestions on how many different caterered dishes should I have for the guests as well as any suggestions of what dishes. There will be adults and as many as 40 kids too.

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  1. Do you have anything in mind? Casual/formal? Ethnic cuisine? Passed appetizers? Buffet? Barbecue? Budget? You need to identify what the parameters are in order to get useful recommendations.

    1. Welcpome to CH, I see this is your first post. It would be very helpful if you would provide more information.
      EX: Anniversary party? Time of day? Season of the year? Budget? Location? Formality? Is this fully catered? or are you providing everything but the food?

      Suggestions of "what dishes" depends on these factors and much more. Since this is a party for your parents, taking their likes and dislikes into consideration would be important. Are there any significant dietary challenges that you know about? If you are hosting this party at night in a restaurant it would be very different from hosting an afternoon party on a beach.

      Have you ever undertaken a party for 130 before? Knowing your level of experience will also help -- a newbie needs more assistance than a seasoned party-giver. Yep, there's lots to consider.

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      1. re: Sherri

        Age range of the parents and guests would be useful as well. And, as sticky and un-PC as it may be, ethnicity.

      2. Call the banquet halls and caterers in your location. They'll know exactly what you need, including quantity of food and drinks. And they'll also tell you what you can get for your budget and provide you with the various options.

        1. If you're having this party catered (it sounds like it), just talk to various caterers in your area. They have this down to a science, and can offer you a varied menu for adults and kids.

          1. There are many sites that can help with quantities and food suggestions if you google cater quantities. A few to get you started...

            ETA: I forgot to mention that Ellen’s Kitchen page also has a forum to discuss catering quantities and suggestions. http://www.ellenskitchen.com/forum/in...

            1. Anniversary party, 3pm at elks lodge, buffet, american/italian and one seafood dishes

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              1. re: Richnlisa

                Are YOU doing the cooking? Or having it catered? If the latter, talk to various caterers in your area. They'll have a list of things you can choose from.

                1. re: Richnlisa

                  Are there any dishes that are favorites of your parents or have special meaning? Perhaps first make a list of those and then call your local caterers and/or restaurants and ask those be included.

                  You will likely need to order a cake or desserts from a bakery seperate from the caterers.

                2. Is there a cocktail hour? If so, plan for appetizers. If not, go straight to the buffet.
                  Drinks (alcohol or wine & beer only; sodas, water, milk) – will you have a free bar or do guests have to buy their own? Or wine/soda/water on each table?

                  IME, this is a typical Italian/American buffet spread:
                  Bread/ dinner rolls & butter
                  Salad/ Dressings (tossed salad with vinaigrette, cold pasta salad)
                  Pastas (baked ziti, penne alla vodka, fettucine alfredo)
                  Entrées (chicken francese, eggplant parm, shrimp scampi and meatballs or sausage/peppers/onions)
                  Desserts (fruit salad, cannolis, cookies and cake)
                  Coffee/tea (milk/sugar)