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)
-fruit tray/cram cheese dip
-chocolate dipped strawberries
-veggie tray w/ spinach and roasted garlic dip
-taco bites ("Scoops" chips filled with taco meat, salsa and topped w/ cheese; baked for 5 minutes)
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?