Ok, I need help with some ideas for a party.
We are having an open house on New Years' Day - 1-5pm for 50-75 guests.
I am willing to spend hours and hours cooking before the event, but on the day of, I do not want to spend all day in the kitchen, heating, plating, garnishing etc. I want to enjoy our company. With that in mind, these are the criteria for what I want to serve.
No last minute cooking, must be able to serve at room temp, or cold. I have a tiny kitchen and NO dishwasher, Having a mountain of dishes, pots, and pans to deal with minutes before guests arrive will be a disaster.
Must be able to eat with hands, or with just a fork. This is a stand and mingle kind of event.
I am thinking:
Smoked salmon mousse
Chopped chicken liver, dried cranberry and pistachio "Pate"
Cheeses, fruits and bread
Thai chicken salad on cucumber slices
For the sweet side I am going to do a huge selection of petit fours. small tartlets, homemade candies, etc.