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Christmas Eve Cocktail Party Help

boltsfan | Dec 8, 201008:13 AM

Shrimp cocktail (large)
Cedar plank salmon - served cold
Pasta - penne with slow roasted tomatoes and sausage
Rare roast beef and rolls w/ horseradish sauce
Hot dip - spicy crab or ...?
Swedish meatballs - family tradition made by Mom
Various homemade cookies
Good wine, craft beer, cocktails

How does this look for about 20+ people? Any suggestions to add\subtract anything? We did a similar menu last year and it was all devoured and people raved but want to change it up a bit this year. I don't want my wife and I to spend all day and night in the kitchen.

How would gnocchi hold up in a chafing dish for a couple of hours versus serving the penne? Had a meyer lemon gnocchi in Maui this Summer and I would like to try to re-create. How far can I cook the gnocchi in advance before guests arrive? I would be buying fresh gnocchi from a local pasta shop.

For the charcuterie I plan to buy some local salumi and cheeses.

Thanks for the help!

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