I have 17 adults and 15 children coming for one day and night in between Christmas and New Year. (I know, what was I thinking? But it will be fun I think) The children are between 3 - 16 although most are under 10. My sister has very kindly offered to donate £150 to pay for the booze. So my questions are:
* Any bright ideas about where to buy large quantities of wine, beer etc online? Not too expensive (i.e virginwine.com the average bottle price seemed high to me - most were £9 ish)I need it delivered really as not much time.
* Any ideas about food for everyone? I'm thinking of following my own advice as given here to others along the lines of french bread, salads, whole chickens, pretzels, cheese etc but any other ideas welcome.
I think the cold buffet is definitely the best option, potato salad, ham, cold salmon etc. Yummy! Can you get people to contribute by bringing a salad or whatever? Have just been shopping at Morrisons and they"ve got lots of really nice wines on offer, £9 seems a lot. I always go for the wine thats reduced from £3.99 to £2.99 and very rarely pay more than £4! Have fun.
www - Saturday Kitchen yesterday showed a repeat of Delia's Christmas stuff (I presume). But there were loads of ideas for canapes etc. If you can get hold of that book there should be stuff like that. Also, just do huge pots if chilli, beef in stout etc. She did lots of baked potatoes with Hollandais sauce on top but used small potatoes since the large ones are too unweildly. Looks more as well.
And IIRC Tescos do a free glass deal? And go for the 3 for 2 offers. Get more booze and soft drinks than you think you need, the more people you have, the more they will drink. Get lots of nice cheese and pate and bread for people to bulk out on, and then splurge on a few more expensive bits. Bring these out second to stop people from hogging them!
www, I've just bought a mixed case of wine from Majestic online - 12 bottles for just under £40 and free delivery - they even called to arrange a convenient time (and then turned up! ). Also bought a 6 bottle case of Stowells wine from Tesco for £19.99 (well, I bought 3 cases, actually! ). They also give you a choice of delivery slots - v. similar to their grocery delivery. Their delivery charge is £5.
Thank you everyone, cor, Delia looks a bit sinister in the photo on the site doesn't she?! Sadly, we are too in the sticks for Tesco or any of the big retailers - they won't deliver. But Majestic sounds like a good idea. Thank you!
janh, as I suspected would be the case, the basement is not yet ready. Understatement We did clear out loads of stuff and take it to the dump but dp has only painted half of it so it's still a long way off being child heaven! Don't *quite* know when we think we're going to get the time to finish it!