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Buffet for 25/30 people

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mawi Mon 16-Jan-17 16:08:28

I am menu planning for a party. We will be catering for 25/30 people and I think I have too much food planned. It is a communion party so I want to be organised so I can serve food within an hour as we will be out of the house from 10:30, will be getting home at approximately 1pm and everyone will not have had lunch. I am planning to cook in advance and freeze what I can and defrost the day before. I have a chest freezer and a large fridge so we are ok for space.
So for my menu

Hot food
Roast chicken, glazed ham, Roast beef, potatoes, veg, stuffing, Yorkshire puddings and gravy.
Cocktail sausages, goujons, chips, chicken wings, garlic bread, sausage rolls, quiche, fried chicken.

Cold food
Potato salad, coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, cheese, beetroot, boiled eggs, cucumber, baby potato, tuna salad, pasta salad.

Bread, crackers, scones, breadsticks, wraps, crisps, nuts, melon, strawberries, grapes, doughnuts, blackberries, pork pies, dips

We will be having lunch at approximately 2 pm for 15 adults, 4 teenagers and 6 children and the evening will be approximately 8pm for maybe 10/15 adults, 2 teenagers and 3 children.

Is this too much food? Am I being over enthusiastic or does this seem okay?

Elllicam Mon 16-Jan-17 16:13:44

It does sound quite a lot but better too much than not enough smile could you maybe serve another couple of sweet things though? Maybe something like cheesecake you can just put out?

Etak15 Mon 16-Jan-17 16:17:58

Sounds great - will
Be hard to do a roast dinner of that size and different meats in an hour though? Or will you
Have someone that will be at home sorting out that bit?
If not maybe do the hot and cold meals the other way round so you'll be in to cook?

KickAssAngel Mon 16-Jan-17 16:18:47

That does sound a lot, but it depends how much the teenagers are likely to eat.

you could have just 2 choices of meat for lunch.

Is the cold food going to be out with the eve food? I think the lunch sounds like enough to keep everyone full for several hours, then put the cold food & eve stuff out when people get hungry again.

KickAssAngel Mon 16-Jan-17 16:21:40

And I don't think you need goujons, wings, and fried chicken. Wings are really messy to eat.

Oly5 Mon 16-Jan-17 16:23:55

Sounds great

I don't think you can ever have too much food really!

mawi Mon 16-Jan-17 16:25:31

I am going to cook and slice the meats the day before. The mash will be cooked and frozen and reheated on the day. Salad would be for the evening.
I am ordering a cake and serving ice cream with that for dessert.

AtleastitsnotMonday Tue 17-Jan-17 14:54:00

What veg are you serving for lunch? Veg for 25 is quite a lot. What about your yorkies? Can you do them in advance? Do you have room to seat everyone? A roast isn't something that can be balanced on your knee.
You mention crackers in the evening will you be doing a cheese board? I think I'd be inclined to do more of fewer dishes, I'd keep gougons, cocktail sausages, sausage rolls, quiche and garlic bread, do one potato one pasta salad the salad veg and nice bread then ditch the rest, variety can just complicate things.

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