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Hi All-

I woke up in a state of panic at 3AM. I am having some people over today for an outdoor pool party.

I told everyone it would just be ight food, stuff to snack on and now I can't come together with a proper menu.

Initially I was going to use what I had on hand and make Chicken kebabs, and possibly chicken kebabs with pineaple. Also, skewer up some shrimp and grill that. I was going to have some hamburgers made on hand in case anyone wants some.

For snacks and appetizers I am confused. I make a really good bruschetta that everyone loves so I was thinking of making that with some grilled bread and then an antipasta plate with cheese and crackers? I dsoon't know if that's enough? I was also thinking of adding a feta dip with some pita bread and then addding lamb kebabs to the menu. It seems like a lot though for only 5 possibly six people?

Should I add like a pasta salad?

Any thoughts?


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  1. I think your menu sounds great for a pool party. I would do the additions only because it's easy to eat a lot of skewers. Plus, all that will be good as leftovers as well. But, maybe not the cheese only because it may get warm in the sun. Maybe add some hummus or baba ganoush to go with the pita? Personally, I love salty junk food at the pool, chips and salsa, potato chips, pretzels. Something to munch and crunch on.

    Have fun!

    1. Take a deep breath. Chicken skewers with pineapple are fine, shrimp maybe in a peanut sauce or some other spicy sauce also fine. Make your bruschetta, skip the lamb kebabs & feta dip - especially as you going to have hamburgers on hand. As you said, it's only six people. You're not feeding an army, and you did say it was light snacks. The antipasto platter's a good idea for insurance purposes, and can always be sandwich material if it doesn't get eaten.

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      1. re: mcsheridan

        <<As you said, it's only six people. You're not feeding an army, and you did say it was light snacks.>>


      2. I always like watermelon and grapes (though not together!) in a summer party setting. Very refreshing. The kebabs sound great!


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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          Yes, I agree with the queen. Take advantage of the great summer fruits and put out some melon, peaches, grapes, cherries, ... No work involved!

          1. re: DebinIndiana

            You could also skewer the grapes & freeze them. Excellent by the pool! Agree w/ the others, your menu sounds great.

            1. re: DebinIndiana

              People may not want to eat a whole fruit (eg peach) and cutting up fruit for fruit salad takes longer than you'd think. I helped with a pool party (for 15 people) two weeks ago where two of us did nothing but cut up fruit for two hours.

          2. Skip all the skewering it will save you lots of time and hassle for no real gain.
            As already stated your talking about 6 People and you have 6 items, you will have more than enough food. You have already gone beyond expectations,You've told your Guests "Light Food", Hamburgers, Grilled Chicken is not "just stuff to snack on"

            1. What did you end up doing?

              1. Menu does sound good. If you are worried about not enough food - I normally get a couple of sausages to grill - I cut them up and pass with some whole grain mustard.

                Also, I will often grill a steak or tri-tip and pass the same way (only with Chimichuri instead of mustard).

                I have found that if people are just snacking they eat slower and fill up quicker.

                Also, you might encourage your guest to brings something (a desert?)

                Things will work out just fine - good luck

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                1. re: sparky403

                  Great reply! You are so right about sausages being an easy addition!

                  My belief is that the entire experience with at home casual parties is that the host should not end up too stressed out to enjoy the event! Folks are coming to your party to chill and enjoy. Don't make the food too complicated. Nobody expects that.

                  If there is a decent local place to pick up the go along things like salad or potato salad, pick some up and put it in your own dishes if you want that matched look.

                  When I go to something like this I usually bring Shrimp Cocktail. Which is a bag of Big cooked shrimp from Costco and a jar of cocktail sauce and some toothpicks. Unless I know there is no need, I usually bring along a bag of ice for it too. It only takes a few minutes to thaw them out. They always get totally scarfed down!

                2. My friends love corn on the cob at pool parties. Not sure if it would fit in your menu selection though. Have a great party.