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New Year's Eve buffet ideas

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Dobeedo Tue 24-Nov-15 20:51:33

It's been a while since we've hosted for potentially 17 people. So far, I have the following on the list:

Cold meats (from the deli counter in Sainsbury's)
Smoked salmon and lemon wedges
Cheese board and crackers
Kettle chips or similar
Samosas and onion bahjis
Garlic bread
Salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices
Vegetable crudites and hummus

Mini meringues, raspberries, cream
Fresh fruit

It will be a fork/finger buffet.

I can't help feeling that it's not really a good spread for that many people. How do people usually do big dinner parties that isn't a sit down meal? Do you keep replenishing the table with more food?

Thanks in advance.

Dobeedo Tue 24-Nov-15 20:51:53

Also, it seems heavy on the carbs and not enough vegetables.

iklboo Tue 24-Nov-15 20:56:31

Depends on how 'posh' you want to be.

At DS's birthday party (family, not kids) we bunged a load of hot dogs in the slower cooker, made a load of onions, bought brioche hot dog rolls from Aldi & set up a 'hot dog station' with condiments and cheese slices. It went down am absolute treat - the favourite thing on the night.

Coletterbox Tue 24-Nov-15 21:19:58

Could try a couple of these for something a bit different?

Dobeedo Tue 24-Nov-15 22:00:55

Thanks for replies so far. Coletter, my broadband has blocked that link. Can you explain what it is please?

llhj Tue 24-Nov-15 22:08:27

I think it looks very good indeed. Can't think of any improvements.

llhj Tue 24-Nov-15 22:09:25

What about a hot ham rather than cold meats?

FedUpWithJudgementalPeople Tue 24-Nov-15 22:19:23

Lidl have nice antipasti platters etc

Wombat87 Tue 24-Nov-15 22:35:52

Crudités - celery, radish, carrots, cucumber and 4 different dips + hummus. Not a buffet without em!!

Wombat87 Tue 24-Nov-15 22:36:28

But honestly, your buffet looks much better than most I've seen!

Dobeedo Tue 24-Nov-15 22:39:13

llhj I thought of cold meats rather than roasting a lump of meat as we are mostly a vegetarian household and don't usually cook meat, but on this occasion, the meat eaters will outnumber us. Also, mil doesn't eat a lot of things including salmon and ham, I am really doing the meat thing for her benefit.

Dobeedo Tue 24-Nov-15 22:45:35

Thanks Wombat. I just have visions of running out of food before everyone is done!

thenumberseven Wed 25-Nov-15 08:34:58

Sounds really good as it is. As you are worried about running out of food perhaps you could add a classic salad such as potato, niçoise, waldorf,
roasted vegetables
devilled eggs?
Alternatively two vats of soup, one creamy vegetable the other a meat or chicken broth,but then you'd need disposable coffe cups.

cdtaylornats Wed 25-Nov-15 22:33:33

If you want to save a bit of money on the deli meats you should have a look in Lidl. Excellent range, usually from good suppliers - smoked venison and duck are good.

MaxPepsi Thu 26-Nov-15 15:26:22

I would add:

prawns, crabsticks and rollmops/pickled herrings to your fish platter
pate - brussels, fish one and mushroom pate
potato salad
rice/pasta dish

As a few others have said, I would get to lidl/aldi if you can for your meats rather than deli in sainsburys. then add salami, sliced chorizo etc to your platter

Pasanna Mon 07-Dec-15 16:46:55

I'm doing a Christmas eve buffet( in the day);
Marinaded smoked salmon
Cold meats
Greek salad
Quinoa and bulgar salad
Garlic bread ( make my own with ciabatta from lidl)
Cheese board
Fruit Bowl
Prunes in bacon
Sausage rolls
Nibblie bits to chuck in the oven
Dips and crudités
and if DH gets them from a client, Oysters

Few bowls of olives, gherkins, nuts etc.

Christmas cake

If it was for NYE I would add a soup( onion with cheese croutons). Guess where I live!

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