Post # 1
So my husband and I may, or may not be insane. We eloped in February, but are planning a big BBQ in July for family and friends, we’re thinking 150 people will come considering its not a wedding ceremony and just a fun event (his family is HUGE and makes up 90 of that alone). We think we can pull it off with good planning. My parents are absolutely freaking out, they have almost no family so the idea of this many people is giving them agita, and their doubts are starting to give me doubts so I just wanted to see if there are any bees who have done something similar.
We have a good friend who has offered to help with food who runs the kitchen a local college and has experience with large volume cooking on a regular basis. My inlaws have experience cooking for a small army and think its completely do able to pull this off. Not to mention they are all cooking fanatics so you cannot keep them away from a kitchen or grill at parties they are guests at anyway, so we might as well take the extra helpers.
Has anyone else here done this, or been a guest at a reception like this that might be able to share some advice or tips?
Post # 3
I am doing the food for my sons wedding 200 people. I have help from my family. Probably not what you would do for a bbq but we are doing italian beef-sausage and peppers-onions-mostacholli-veg lazagna-potatoes-olive garden type salad-a few jello salads etc..
Post # 4
I wouldn’t have much useful advice on the savoury stuff, other than to wheedle as many people as possible into helping out, but it sounds like you have the manpower well under control!
As for the sweet stuff, a friend of mine is doing our dessert buffet, and I intend to make a few things for it too. Definitely root out as many recipes as possible that are suitable to make, freeze, defrost, decorate simply, serve. We’re having a lemon cake, poppy seed cake, coconut cake and chocolate cake that all fit those criteria. The rest – cupcakes, apple pies, meringues, cheesecakes – will e made in the few days just before the wedding. Although I’ve experimented, and once you let it come to room temp after defrosting, a cheesecake is none the worse for a few weeks in the freezer. And obviously apple pies and such are very suitable for making and freezing uncooked, just make sure you do make sure that they are thoroughly cookd when you take them out of the oven.
Your party sounds like a great idea, you get all the fun of a wedding reception without most of the stress. What are you doing decor-wise? Lots of paper flowers and poms would be cool, and easy sorted out well in advance…
Post # 5
I did an engagement BBQ party for 40 people and my fiance and I cooked and planned everything ourselves with a little help from his family. It was VERY stressful, but it sounds like you have a good plan.
Post # 6
@boconne: Mmmmm…you are making this Italian girl HUNGRY! ♥
Post # 7
i have nothing to say, but also considering DIY food at my vow renewal, so I need to subscribe to this thread:)
Post # 8
Make/Buy Food that can be made ahead of time (side dishes) Then i was told with groups over 100 you want to Pre cook chicken? (not sure if thats completly true) and then warm it for the party to make sure no raw chicken…