Each year we host a Holiday Party for about 100 people and I am finally switching from heavy hors d'oeuvres to a dinner menu. The party has grown over the years and it's become more and more difficult to make that many individual bites, actually it's beome rather unpleasant which is not what this party is about.
In the past I'd avoided a dinner buffet because I cannot seat 100 people simultaneously. This year I'm going to set that worry aside, add a few rented high tops and have people graze. For that reason I still want more of an appetizer feel to the menu and I would like dishes that will hold at room temp or in chafers so that my guests will pick throughout the evening rather than sitting down all at once to a large plate of food.
Now I will keep a few of the hors d'oeuvres that have been the most popular, and have them passed. But the rest of the food will be part of a buffet and for some reason I am at a loss - probalby because I almost never do a buffet...
I've considered focusing on Italian foods including a large selection of antipasti, but I feel a bit limmited. Then I thought about an international menu but that gets so easily garbled. I'm also considering doing several large roasts (maybe prime rib, ham and turkey) and then filling in with more interesting dishes. But I just can't seem to make any menu decisions this year!
I look to cook and have a fair amount of time to dedicate to the party. There are no particular food requirements though children are invited to this event. I do not offer separate or special foods to children (just my parenting philosophy) but I do try to include at least one dish that is appealling to the kids - last year it was fondue!
TIA for your help, I'm floundering...(no puns please!)