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Old 11-12-2005, 10:54 AM   #1
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Need help on a menu.

My sister is turning the big 50 on the 29th of December, so, my niece is going to have her party with New Years Eve. She has asked me for ideas.
I need ideas for finger foods and dips. We can't afford to buy a bunch of briskets and stuff like that because there is a VERY good chance of upwards of a hundred people there
My sister and bil are in a Harley group, so, they are being invited too.
Then you have my family and bil's family.
She doesn't want to just do hot dogs as the 50th is a milestone.
We need stuff that are not going to break the bank and that are not real time consuming to make as we both work.

Any decorating ideas are welcomed too
We're already planning on black and orange theme {Harley colors } Plus, black is the normal for over the hill.

Thanks in advance for your help!!

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Old 11-12-2005, 12:13 PM   #2
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hmmm, is this going to be a nice birthday party (don't pick on your sister), or a "people-rolling-in-fits-of-laughter-for-years", "I-can't-believe-she-pulled-that-off" over the hill party? My mom turned 50 in February, and I am the QUEEN of ornry.... but they made me be nice. And it totally would have been a fair trade because I turn 30 next year and she could have got me back.....
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Old 11-12-2005, 12:47 PM   #3
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Do you have a COstco? or Sam's? Use 'em! Big bags of things like chicken wings, etc. for a decent amount.

Veggie platters with dips and chips

Tortilla 'roll ups' with different spreads and cheese in them.

Give me a bit and I'll post a few recipes if you like.
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Old 11-12-2005, 12:57 PM   #4
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Shannon, it's going to be a bit of both. I thought of putting tombstones in her yard made from wood with some kind of over the hill sayings on them. But, we also want it to be a party that will make her see how much we love her too. She is the oldest and although we were all grown and married when my mom died, 13 years ago, she still felt she needed to be the "mom" figure for us if we needed her, and believe me, she has been there for the rest of us 3 no matter what.

Marmalady, we thought the same about going to Sam's.
That is probably what we will do as far as the meat. We were wanting to make stuff to so that it's also personal.
Hot Wing Dip

My sister loved it when I made it before, except, I use real chicken and not canned.
I am definately making this
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Old 11-12-2005, 01:02 PM   #5
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We did something for a friend that I wouldn't suggest being done. We used a chest type locker mounted on a table and made a blanket of flowers on top. He wasn't amused by that. The rest of the party was great. We decorated with black balloons and had a picture of the grim reaper on his cake = which he loved, but the mock casket wasn't funny at all to him.
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I was going to have all the lights off, and when she walked in, fog machine, strobe light flashing on a grim reaper, and halloween sound effects (door creaking, screams, chains, etc) and then a strobe light would shine on all of the guests gathered. Decorating of course black and silver. Festivities: walker soccer, wheelchair race, bedpan golf, swiper diaper... I am sure there was more I thought of.

I was going to suggest a bulk store also. I have seen frozen meatballs that you could probably bake and throw some bbq sauce on. If there is going to be alcohol, a lot of people may just want to munch. Sandwich shops sometimes have good deals on platters, and may give you a discount for large orders and the courtesy of calling in advance. Do you know any caterers that would let you borrow some supplies to keep food warm?
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check it out! www.harley-davidsoncafe.com/ Cool site for maybe just some brainstorming ideas! There is even a HD cookbook www.shop.com/op/aprod-p26559645 !!! that would be cool if you could make some recipes, and also present her with a cookbook. Also, in searching, I found a few copycat recipes from the cafe. Just a few more ideas I thought of! Also, do you know any nice cattle farmers (besides my dad hehe)? Sometimes they will give you a good deal on meat, too!
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Thanks Shannon!! I guess I'll go shopping
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Two questions: How many people will you have to help you prep and how much cooking and storage space do you have?
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Two questions: How many people will you have to help you prep and how much cooking and storage space do you have?
Well, truthfully, it'll probably just be me and my niece.
All my other sisters live too far to come out before the party.
We'll be making stuff at our own houses to take over there. We'll have all day Saturday to cook stuff. Sunday, we're having my bil to take sis away so that we can decorate.
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