I'm hosting a baby shower for a good friend, and am getting carried away with the menu. I would like your input on my plans...There will be 16-20 guests milling about our living and dining rooms for an early afternoon event (12:30 pm). Thus far I'm thinking:
olives, ham, cheeses etc
garlic shrimp w/baguette slices
crab-stuffed piquillo peppers
Spanish tortilla (just the potato and garlic)
paella (the stovetop, Argentine version)
flan for dessert (mom-to-be has gestational diabetes, so cake seemed like a bad idea)
I've made most of these recipes before, but not all at once for a party. I think the shrimp should be prepared last-minute, was planning to cook it in a cast-iron skillet and bring it to the table that way. Or should I skip the shrimp altogether since this is not a sit-down-at-the-table event?
Can I make the tortilla the night before and chill it in the fridge? Should I try to re-warm it, or is it OK at room temperature?
Can I mix the filling for the peppers the night before, stuff them early in the am, then bake at last minute?
I'll make the flan a day ahead, of course...any other suggestions for pre-cooking or organizing?