Every year we have a Christmas open house-type party. The party stretches from afternoon until the wee hours (last year the last guests left at 4:30 am.)! We do a buffet and I am constantly cycling trays from the oven to the table. This year, I have a serious illness and would like to take it easy on myself, even get out of the kitchen and have fun, but still serve great homemade food. Must haves on the buffet are:
Swedish meatballs (shortcut=Ikea)
a pasta dish (I like to change it up from year to year)
a tray of cold cuts
some other main dish and/or sides
I could use some help on the pasta (in past years I have done lasagna with wild boar bolognese and Pioneer Woman's mac and cheese), and some other main dish. Also, maybe some simple apps for a crowd.
Thanks in advance!
p.s. I put out a breakfast buffet around 11. That includes an egg casserole, bacon, sausage, muffins, bagels, homemade waffles if I have the energy.