April 8, 2010

First Communion Menu Ideas--Need Help!

My son's First Communion is this Sunday (on Divine Mercy Sunday--what a perfect day) during the 12:30 Mass.  Friends and family will be following us home for a party right afterwards, and we'll be serving a late lunch.  The problem is, I want to serve a hot lunch (not cold cuts if I can help it) and I'm not sure how to have everything ready the moment we all walk in the door.  Since it will be 2:00 when we all get here, people will be hungry and I want to have food ready right away.  We'll have around 25 people here, including us. Have any of you done this before?  Any ideas?

Here's what I have tentatively planned so far:

Sandwiches--people can choose their filling for Hoagie rolls
   -Chicken Spiedies (already cooked and kept on warm in a Crock Pot)
   -Home Made Meatballs in sauce (in Crock Pot)

Cold Sides
   -pasta salad
   -fruit tray/cram cheese dip
   -chocolate dipped strawberries
   -veggie tray w/ spinach and roasted garlic dip
   -salad


Hot Sides
   -pepperoni rolls
   -taco bites ("Scoops" chips filled with taco meat, salsa and topped w/ cheese; baked for 5 minutes)

Munchies
   -crostini
   -pretzels
   -cake

My worry is the meatballs will be too messy, and the chicken will get dried out sitting there on warm for 2-3 hours.  We just had pulled pork and shredded beef for parties last week, so I don't want to repeat those if possible  I'm not comfortable leaving my oven on while no one is home, so I don't want to have anything baking while we're gone.  Any ideas for easy to pull off homemade food that can be served the minute we walk in the door?

4 comments:

  1. Brisket! Cook it in your oven a long time (6-7 hours) on low (250-300). Yummy and can feed a crowd!

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  2. If you need an extra crockpot, feel free to borrow mine!

    YOu could also do some easy quesdillas and bake them all at once in the oven at 450 degrees (for 5 minutes) when you get back to the house. oh yeah, except Matthew doesn't like cheese. shoot.

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  3. What about something like Italian beef sandwiches? http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Italian-Beef-Sandwiches/Detail.aspx

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  4. You can always do bean or meat burritos or maybe fajitas!

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