"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Menu Planning > Special Events Planning & Holiday Cooking
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-13-2005, 06:37 PM   #11
Certified Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Posts: 3,615
VG since it is his high school graduation, as him what he wants, letting him know adults will be present as well, I did this with my daughter when she graduated from high school. She chose either hamburgers (we had a large BBQ) or spaghetti. The latter seemed the best idea as some were vegetarians and we could serve meatballs separately and we had 18 people. The menu was spaghetti, salad with choice of dressing, garlic bread, cake and icecream. The spaghetti could be prepared ahead of time and easily warmed when we returned from the ceremony. (BTW we used penne and shells as they are easier to eat than the traditional long and skinny stuff.) The salad I tossed without the dressing and covered in the fridge, and garlic bread was toasted while the spaghetti sauce warmed up. It was served buffet style and everyone had a wonderful time.

Good luck with the meal and congrats.
__________________

__________________
norgeskog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2005, 06:54 PM   #12
Chef Extraordinaire
 
kitchenelf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 19,725
Send a message via MSN to kitchenelf
I forgot to say Good to see you Vegas Girl!!!!!!!!

Did you say "last resort"???? You know better than that! Just put out small quantities - once you have your menu planned let us know and we'll help with presentation.

There are several threads going now about graduation parties and food ideas. I think one may be in the Off Topic Chat forum.
__________________

__________________
kitchenelf

"Count yourself...you ain't so many" - quote from Buck's Daddy
kitchenelf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2005, 06:59 PM   #13
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 214
Thank you.

I love Italian myself, but I know several in the group either aren't crazy about spaghetti sauce or it makes them sick, so I won't make that the main course.

I was wondering now about the cake, if the frosting would start melting after a couple hours? Also, since people will be coming and going over a few hours, is it OK to make the early people wait awhile before cutting the cake so that people coming later can see it? I could have other bakery too in case they can't wait for dessert.

Has anyone tried sticking chunks of fruit with toothpicks and sticking them in a pineapple? (I've never bought a fresh pineapple, don't know how hard they are to work with) Or do you think that's not a good idea because the fruit might drip or not stay fresh?

Thanks again.
__________________
Vegas Girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2005, 07:51 PM   #14
Sous Chef
 
PolishedTopaz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: East End of Long Island
Posts: 915
Keep it simple or you will drive yourself crazy and that's not a good thing.


Leave out several appies.......cheese and grape platter, meatballs, spinach dip [served in hollowed out bread] easy stuff. A tray of ziti, garlic bread, salad. The lifts and levels idea is a good one [tablescaping] Do as much as you can ahead of time, so you can enjoy your guests. Make sure you have enough trashcans and liners for them........most of all HAVE FUN, and congrats to your son!
http://discusscooking.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2586

http://discusscooking.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2477
__________________
Just because someone tells you that you can't do something doesn't mean you have to listen.
PolishedTopaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2005, 08:12 PM   #15
Head Chef
 
abjcooking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: New York
Posts: 1,460
Pineapple isn't hard to work with at all. Just get the thing and split it in half including the leaves. either stick the fruit in with the toothpicks (it's very easy) or you can hollow it out some and chop up what you hollowed out and add to the other fruit. Then just put the fruit into it as if it were a bowl.

When buying a pinapple you want it to have a nice yellow color and you want it to smell good.
__________________
Go Sooners
abjcooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2005, 08:53 PM   #16
Chef Extraordinaire
 
kitchenelf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 19,725
Send a message via MSN to kitchenelf
You can also just keep the pineapple whole and stick strawberries in it and it makes a beautiful presentation.

Why not do a bunch of cupcakes? Put a little graduation cap in black icing (or the school color) on top? The icing will be fine for a couple hours - even longer.
__________________
kitchenelf

"Count yourself...you ain't so many" - quote from Buck's Daddy
kitchenelf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2005, 02:51 PM   #17
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 214
Thank you, Kitchenelf. Instead of "last resort", I meant to say I knew I could count on you guys. I'm having outpatient surgery later this month, but I'm more nervous about this party than the surgery! I guess I'll have a few more people than I thought. I invited a few co-workers and they said they're bringing they're families along...how could I say no? Today I just bought some Snack Pack pudding to put out for the kids.
__________________

__________________
Vegas Girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.