I've got maybe 40-50 people (including children) coming over for an open house in 2 weeks. I don't intend to feed them heartily but go with simple finger foods. Most will be cold as along the lines of pita chips and hummus, cheese/cracker platters, veggie sticks, grapes and so on. For sweets I'll have stollen, pannetone (yes, jumping the gun on those, but oh well), cookies, brownies, candies, nuts.
I've got 3 crockpots and was thinking of some kind of meatball appetizer in one, a little sausage appetizer in another, and I-don't-know-what in the 3rd. Open to any easy and inexpensive suggestions.
Question 1: I was going to make my own meatballs but saw at Sam's Club today a huge bag of Italian-style appetizer meatballs. Six pounds of small meatballs for around $12 is hard to pass up. But if they're already "Italian flavored", does that limit my options for preparation? There are a million recipes out there for meatball appetizers but would sweet and sour, BBQ, cranberry, Swedish, etc. work with Italian style?
Question 2 about the 3rd crockpot: I was thinking of buying a large box or two of taquitos and then cutting them in half. If I bake them in the oven, think I could keep the halved ones in a warm crockpot for serving? Could have guacamole and salsa sitting nearby to add as desired.
Question 3: people are asking what they can bring, but I don't see how I can have a 1-5pm open house with people bringing things at different times. Other than telling them to bring their favorite beverage, I can't think how this would work--as much as I would appreciate the help. Any suggestions?
If you haven't guessed, I am NOT much of a hostess and this is a first for me. Don't want to be tied to the kitchen all day but actually have a fun time chatting with our guests.