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I have my hubby's 30th bday in 2 weeks and I need help with the menu planning!

I have rented a hall so that we can fit everyone in and have access to their kitchen. I don't mind being stuck in the kitchen before the party, but I'd like to have things prepped with minimal effort to complete during the party. I've got tons of freezer room if you have suggestions for make now bake later too. I'm going with finger food/appetizers to keep it casual. Thanks a million!!!

asked by Nicole Swenson almost 3 years ago
12 answers 1850 views
added almost 3 years ago

You might want to click on "recipes" and, once that page comes up, click on "appetizers". You'll find lots of great ideas to consider. Another thought - would casual Italian food work? For example, you can make lasagna ahead and freeze it. Complete the meal with salad and garlic bread for an easy party.

added almost 3 years ago

http://food52.com/recipes... These are good and can be made ahead then reheated. http://food52.com/recipes... and I just made this recipe this week awesome if you like indian food and meatballs always good finger food http://food52.com/recipes...

added almost 3 years ago

Thanks for the recipe ideas. I think we may share the same snack style!


June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added almost 3 years ago

When I've done parties like that, I also serve one "big dish" like a pot of Red Beans and Rice, or a couple of casseroles of Turkey Tetrazzini or Pastitsio that are done ahead and just heated before serving. I bring out the Big Dish about 1/2 way through the evening. I also recommend going to to Recipes section of this site and browsing through the appetizers. I think you'll get a lot of great ideas, if not all the recipes you will possibly need.

added almost 3 years ago

Similar to ChefJune, we make a big pot of our family (spaghetti) "sauce" ahead of time, or a big pot of chili. A nice salad, some good bread and a selection of appetizers will round it out. Sauce or chili also work well if you have folks coming and going. Dessert, depending on the weather, can be cake (of course) or you can do cobblers, clafoutis, or a sundae bar if you want something different.

Kristen W.

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added almost 3 years ago

I like an antipasto platter with roasted veg, good cheese, and some cured meat. Put some good balsamic and EVOO out with it, and it's good to go at rom temperature.


AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added almost 3 years ago

The blue cheese and fig savouries are a real crowd pleaser. I keep a log of the dough, well wrapped, in my freezer at all times because everyone, even people who say they don't like blue cheese, loves them. http://food52.com/recipes... And they take almost no time at all to bake up. The dough can be made and wrapped and kept in the fridge for four or five days ahead of the day you bake them. Also, you can use marmalade if you don't have any fig jam. Have fun! ;o)

added almost 3 years ago

I've made the bacon wrapped water chesnuts on this site a few times and they are really good! And they have such simple ingredients. You could probably make them, freeze them and then bake them from frozen? I would freeze them on a cookie sheet and then bag them after they are frozen.

added over 2 years ago

I posted the kinds of finger foods I usually serve at my own parties here: http://christinascucina... I like to make everything myself, so yes, making things ahead of time is a must. Good luck!