I am throwing a party for my mother's birthday on Sept 20th. Approx 80 people have RSVPed yes. The party will be at 5pm, so needs to be dinner-ish. It will be at my parents' house, with the (empty) 2-car garage being used for the buffet/food, and seating throughout the house and yard.
I was thinking of doing a BBQ theme for the food - pulled pork, BBQ chicken, baked beans, mac and cheese, cornbread. I'd also have green salad, potato salad, orzo salad, fruit salad, chips and dip, maybe a couple of easy appetizers.
First of all - is this doable? I have never cooked for 80 before, and am considering having all or part catered, but am concerned about cost.
Second - what quantities of food do I need for 80ppl? I would imagine that caterers have a formula - does anyone know where I could find that info?
Third - any thoughts on my menu? I'm open to anything that is delicious, affordable, and able to be done for a crowd.
Thanks in advance for help!