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hors doeuvres (some no brainers, 3 halfbrainers, and some sweets) for fifty needed

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hors doeuvres (some no brainers, 3 halfbrainers, and some sweets) for fifty needed

eLizard | Dec 12, 2007 10:51 AM

I'm having an open house cocktail party next Saturday. I expect about 50. And in addition to a ham, I'd like to have food set up around the house. I'd like to do some no brainers that requre little more than arranging, opening, or dumping...eg olives, crudite, nuts, cheeses. If I can add a personal touch to them that would be great. And I mean that in the least semi-ho way possible. I'd also like to do something for which I can take credit. Gougeres, perhaps. Any suggestions as to what I can do? I also need to do some sweets. I do not want to be in the kitchen the entire time or even for half the time. I won't be at work the day before the party, and I can use that time to prep. I'm going to a cookie swap this weekend (thanks for the great ideas!!), and plan on popping the (10 dozen) cookies right into the freezer so I can use them on the day of the party, but I'll probably need a few more things. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Prepped in advance gets major bonus points. Thanks again!

e

p.s. oh yeah, any punch recipes would be great, too. But nothing with ginger ale or fruit juice concentrate or sherbert please.... I'd love to do something with sparkling wine.

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