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Too many guests coming to Homemade pizza party; need an idea for other dishes

Thankfully, the wife knows what she is doign- she's the dough expert and whips up a batch in about five minutes in the Kitchenaid. I just chop vegetables and make the toppings. I'll make pasta salad with about 3lbs of pasta, plus a big caesar salad and an antipasto platter. I should be fine. If not, well, I can send someone out to buy Pizza, I guess...

Other concerns:

I'm concerned about the amount of fridge space as well- you know counter depth doesn't hold as much!. I expect to put some of the guests to work chopping and cooking .

I'll be serving white Sangria in pitchers and bottled beer.( Not much red wine....to many issues, although I've learned to keep a stack of old towels handy. I keep them on the fireplace surround. I also keep a couple of rolls of paper towels stashed around the first floor selectively...)

May 09, 2011
BankofJosh in Home Cooking

Too many guests coming to Homemade pizza party; need an idea for other dishes

To put this in perspective, I invited 21 people, expecting a yield of seven, each bringing an average of 2 people, for a total of 14. Instead, I have 24 guests so far and another 7 possibles. This is a problem because I probably really only have room for 20 comfortably...I've done as many as 40 but that involved way too much work - grilling for three hours straight on the Weber. These are mainly younger people in their 20's and 30's, so they eat a lot - only two children in total. As more responses come in, I think that I probably will have to make an antipasti platter as well - it's the easiest way to serve lots of people and prep time will be limited.

I need to think about how much I can deputize my guests to do some of the labor intensive prep work.

May 08, 2011
BankofJosh in Home Cooking

Too many guests coming to Homemade pizza party; need an idea for other dishes

I'm leaning towards the pasta salad idea. It is probably the easiest way to serve lots of people. I'll probably also set out a small platter of antipasto for the really early arrivers.

May 07, 2011
BankofJosh in Home Cooking

Too many guests coming to Homemade pizza party; need an idea for other dishes

I have a problem: Too many guests are coming to my pizza party to serve with my double oven. I expect to have both ovens going full time on the afternoon of the party and I will still need extra capacity.

I was expecting to do something simple with pizza and a simple green salad.

So anything baked is out- I need stovetop, grilled, or cold dishes to supplement it.

One idea is pasta - that would be simple and easy. Others have suggested heavy dips like hummous/artichoke dip but I'm not sure about this.

Any ideas?

May 07, 2011
BankofJosh in Home Cooking