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Grad party
Brenda
06/13/11
i am hosting a graduation party for 80 people. i am having 10 lbs. of rigatoni with meatballs, 7-8 lbs of lunch meat and 3 lbs cheese with 9 dozen mini kaiser rolls. also having fruit salad and vegie tray. should i have 150 pieces of chicken or go with 200? i do not want a ton of leftovers.... also, should i do a relish tray with pickels and olives? let me know of any suggestions you may have. thank you.
BRENDA
06/13/11
forgot to mention the times are 2:30 to 7:00 and maybe 15-20 teens.
ellen
06/14/11
When you have a party over 4 hours where people stay, they tend to eat twice, so you use more food. Is this a come and go, or are they staying?

Assuming that is 10 pounds dry pasta made into dinner, plenty. 150 pieces of chicken is plenty. One of my deluxe relish trays with a few additions would be plenty, see the veggie tray page.

Fruit trays would be nice with this, and/or some roasted or marinated vegetables?

Brenda
06/14/11
Thanks! I was having a fruit salad with 1 or 2 watermelons, 2 canteloup, 2 pineapples, red & white grapes, blueberries, strawberries and peaches. also vegie trays with dip brocolli, califlower, carrots, celery and green pepper. i would assume they will not stay the whole time, probably party hopping. Thanks for the advice on the chicken. that was my biggest concern. Lunch meat amounts sound good too?
brenda
06/14/11
is it tacky to get the meats chipped/chopped to avoid the time of rolling the meat or to make it go further or fit better on the mini kaiser rolls?
ellen
06/14/11
It is very usual to get the meats "deli-sliced" which is thin sliced or shaved, for this arrangement. Looks nice, easier to eat and yes, does make it go further.