Dear dear friends are celebrating their 25th anniversary in Feb. (2nd marriage for both - he's 92, she's 83 and together they're about 25 - no lie).
ANYWAY--- am now somehow in charge (ahhhhhh). We have a great venue, (private home, good kitchen) and a bit of a budget. 3rd Sat. in Feb, dinner hour. Guest list about 75- expect 50 solid to attend.
Want to do easy, yummy, filling, age appropriate "heavy" hor' d's.
Going to do easy bar, - wine and beer, etc. (Husband) (RENT glasses??? - rearlly don't want to the plast-ique)
I am a fair (some say very good) cook. I'm VERY organized. I don't necessarily want to clean up (the major mess anyway)
I'm not opposed to "total" catering but am not sure what i'm lookng at $ wise. I do know i need help, in part or in total with prep, presentation, cleanup, bar, etc.
Thinking big chilled shrimp and fruit platters (Costco of course) and probably the almost required "pig in blankies.' Have a "pro" cake being presented as a gift.
Other than that??????
Any ideas of easy, make ahead, poison proof, elegant dishes desparately needed
WHAT do I do?