I am anticipating approximately 50-60 guests for cocktail party in my home for a 50th birthday. I'm thinking everything can be prepared ahead of time and served room temp. All foods are meant to be eaten without a fork. My menu ideas are:
--Thinly sliced beef tenderloin on small rolls (I bought a whole tenderloin from Kroger and plan on roasting it myself a day ahead), served with a horseradish sauce. I'll have the guests prepare their own at the buffet table.
-- wondering if there's enough meat (don't want to spend more money on another beef tenderloin). What about pork loin (not tenderloin) sliders? Would they be easy to eat? Or should it be a pork tenderloin vs loin roast.
--smoked salmon (from Costco) on those little pumpernickel squares that one finds in the grocery store, served with creme fraiche. Again, allowing guests to assemble their own.
-- shrimp cocktail (I'm wondering if this might be too expensive given the amount of guests.
--vegetable crudités with various store bought dressings or dips
--cheese platter with crackers
--hummus and spinach-artichoke dip and pita chips (all from Costco)
Here's my question: I don't know how much of the above I need to prepare, and whether I should modify my menu. I don't want to overdo it, but I also don't want to run out of food!
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