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Please review menu for large family dinner

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Please review menu for large family dinner

eviemichael | Jan 5, 2013 01:49 PM

My husband and I will be hosting 17 people in 6 weeks. I want to get organized and hopefully make and freeze at least a few dishes beforehand so that I don't go totally insane. :)

We've hosted smaller dinners for our parents and wedding party since we've been married almost a year ago, but this is our first big one for close extended family members.

I'm a little nervous because I'm used to hosting parties for 8-10. I hope it won't be too overwhelming.

The menu is Mediterranean with a strong Italian influence. I'm going for a warm, yet elegant atmosphere. It will be buffet style.

Here is our plan so far:

Guests will be greeted with a bellini (I'm thinking pear or cranberry flavor), and we'll be passing around stuffed mushrooms and prosciutto-gruyere-pesto pinwheels.

We may also have a dip on the table and I was considering Ina Garten's barefoot contessa cookbook sun dried tomato dip.

The rest of the menu:

Homemade rosemary focaccia bread

Cheese platter w/ asiago, a smoked cheese, and a blue cheese

Osso Bucco (mario batali's)

Orzo Salad with roasted veggies

Arugula, Radicchio, Frissee salad with shaved parmesan and lemon vinaigrette

Beet-Orange-Feta salad with orange vinaigrette

Spinach-Ricotta Canneloni

I think I should add a side dish with shellfish like baked clams or something with shrimp...any ideas? Or could I add shrimp to the orzo salad?

For dessert I may default to tiramisu and panacotta because I know they would be crowd pleasers, but I'd like to try something more creative. Any ideas?

We'll be playing music from our wedding playlist. :)

Thanks in advance for any and all input!

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