I am having a Halloween party which will be 7 or 8 couples with kids my DD's age (16-20 months). It is from 3pm to 7pm on the Saturday before Halloween. I am worndering, should there be enough food to fill people up like a dinner since it goes over dinner time?
We are all fairly granola parents whose kids eat healthy foods only so I plan to have everything homemade and mostly organic which means lots of time and money too... Last year we did a family Christmas party from 4 to 9 and we ended up having WAY too much food and eating leftovers for 3 days. (It was a bigger party, around 13 families) I don't want to spend a whole week preparing food that won't get eaten but I don't want people to be hungry either... How many dishes do you think I need for 18 adults and 9 toddlers?
It isn't a sit down dinner, we do more of a play party with a buffet table set up on the side. I have set the bar pretty high in past years. I made 5 different shrimp canapes for our last party...
This is my menu so far...
-baked savoury apples filled with wild rice and sausage stuffing. (I have the local organic apples already and am very excited about making these!)
-broccoli and smoked cheddar mini quiches (quiche is something I always do so maybe it's getting old though...)
-baked brie with a walnut crust served with homemade crackers (I have the crackers ready if we don't eat them before then)
-veggie platter and assorted crackers with 3 dips: hummous, cilantro-lime yogurt dip and an apple chutney.
-mini meatballs (organic lamb with fresh mint and onion)
- smoked salmon (my dad caught and smoked it) on rye bread with cream cheese. (Is not seasonallyl appropriate?)