School party ideas

Hi! I'm hosting a welcome party for the new families at our school. It's outdoors, on a hot day, from 10:30-12:30. I'd like to cook some or all of it. It's for 100 people. Any ideas or suggestions on what to serve? At the moment I'm thinking lots of fruit, and either bagels or muffins.

  • Posted by: mgn99
  • August 16, 2018


Ttrockwood August 17, 2018
Fruit outside on a hot day goes wilty and icky very fast, so if you do that plan to have a fresh platter to bring out.
An assortment of mini muffins sounds like what i would expect to see. You can also baked oatmeal with fruit in it, just bake in a large pan and cut into squares.
I would order from a bakery some mini croissants, those are always a crowd pleaser.
And yes, absolutely lots of iced water, coffee and tea on hand
Nancy August 16, 2018
Further to HalfPint's comments on what sort of occasion it is.
In a way, it's like a cocktail party only earlier in the day and likely without alcohol
But lots is people meeting, talking, walking around.
So go for small bites easy to eat and handle.
Also, because if the heat, take more than usual care with food safety.
HalfPint August 16, 2018
Given the time frame, a mid-morning snack would be good since most people will have lunch at around noon. It's too late for breakfast and too early for brunch; and sounds like a brunch might be overkill for a welcome party (unless you're thinking of a brunch like party). I think a fruit and cheese platter with crackers/breadsticks. Some "carbs", like mini scones or homemade granola/energy bars, would be nice and relatively light. Round it off with strawberry lemonade, tea, and coffee. My cousin once had a self-serve iced coffee station for her baby shower. She had thermos carafes of coffee and milk, along with a large cooler of ice, and a vanilla syrup bottle with a pump dispenser. It was a big hit.
mgn99 August 18, 2018
Love the iced coffee idea, thanks!
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