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Old 03-12-2006, 08:58 AM   #1
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Need some menu ideas

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A friend has asked me to help her plan a birthday party for her husband's birthday (a significant one). There will be about 15 - 20 people and she hasn't got room for a sit down dinner. The food should be able to be prepared ahead and eaten without having to use a knife to cut things up. I have thought of several things, but wonder what you all would serve?

Any suggestions will be gratefully received.

Thanks
Lyndalou

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Old 03-12-2006, 09:28 AM   #2
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wow.. this is going to be interesting to see what everybody comes up with... hmmm I really don't know . hmmm what about maybe like some fish.. like scallops, shrimp, clam strips, cod fried in bite size pieces?
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:02 AM   #3
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How about a baked pasta casserole? Use pasta such as rigatoni or small shells. You said "no knives" so spaghetti and lasagna may not be a good choice. Bite sized pasta is your best bet. Use your favorite sauce, with or without meat, and lots of good cheese. Make a large salad with lots of toppings available for guests to pick from and crusty bread or garlic bread. You may also want to consider a "heavy appetizer party" with such things as meatballs, 7-layer bean dip, tiny quiches, dip with fresh veggies, foccacia squares, deli meats, fruit kabobs, etc. Have a good party!!
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:10 AM   #4
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Here's another idea ~ how about a chili party. Make a large pot of "the birthday boy's" favorite chili and put out lots of different toppings for guests to pick from, such as sour cream, chopped onion, bacon bits, different cheeses, etc. Serve with a big salad and lots of crusty bread. Have fun!!
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:32 AM   #5
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How about fried chicken? biscuits or corn bread-coleslaw?Lots of napkins though.
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:46 AM   #6
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Since you live in Florida, I'm guessing the weather is warm enough to serve lots of cold dishes. So why not have an Asian party? Asian food tends to be bite size, and many things can be made in advance.
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- grilled shrimps on a stick, marinated in lime juice and chillies
- grilled chicken satay, you can keep it warm on a rechaud with peanut sauce
-little bowls with cold noodle salad, with cilantro, peanuts, spring onions and small pieces of grilled steak with a lime/chillie/palm sugar dressing
-sushi (of course)
-lychee smoothies (a can of lychees + a little fresh coconut milk + a blender)
-a spicy salad with pineapple, soy bean spouts, green apple, melon and a tamarind/sweet soy sauce/chillie dressing (very very delish)
-shrimp crackers with soy sauce and peanut dip
-curried chicken pieces in small rolls or pita bread
-fish cakes
-coconut rice with mango (as a dessert)

If you like some of these, let me know and I'll write down the recipes.
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:46 AM   #7
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Might want to consider a tapas party.

Buy, or better, borrow a few crockpots to keep a few dishes warm and the rest is room temp.

Just an idea.
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Old 03-12-2006, 02:59 PM   #8
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WOW.... I love the Asian theme. I wasn't planning a party, but I'm so impressed with that menu.... as soon as the weather warms up, the party's on. What super ideas. Thanks Suus.
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Old 03-12-2006, 03:32 PM   #9
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what kind of foods does your hubby like? but wat suus says sounds like a plan :)
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http://www.fbnr.com/MenuPlanner/Menu...r_SECTION.html

that is the link for Asian themed menu...(recipes also included)
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