so I love to cook and often entertain with the help of my good friend. so when another friend asked if we would help her by catering an engagement party for one of her friends we discussed and then said sure!
My own engagement party was a small elegant affair - 20 people at they cooking buddy's house, lots of lovely snacks themed to me and the hubbies relationship - sushi rolls as we had that on a first date, mini puff pastry pizzas as hubbie loves pizza, lobster/citrus salad in endive leaves as we went on a vacation to the east coast and ate our weight in lobsters etc etc. I thought it would be a snap to do something similar.
Well after confirming the date we have discovered there are 50 to 60 guests. And she wants an open house with people coming and going from early evening into the night. I'm panicked. Neither of us has done an event of this size. And my instincts tell me an open house means people will want to eat more than if it was a cocktail party with a set beginning and end.
So chowfriends I'm looking for advice - ideas of things to serve, that hold well at room temp over a long period of time, quantities to think about for an open house vs traditional cocktail party websites that tell you how to cater your first gig - my google search has come up dry.
What have I gotten myself into?