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How much food for pre- and post-concert cocktails?

Isolda | Jul 26, 201612:14 PM

So my husband built a harpsichord and we have invited a professional musician to play it at our home. We're having 30-35 people. The cocktail hour begins at 7, and the concert around 7:45. After the professional plays, there will be opportunities for other musicians to try it (I hear my daughter working on her Handel piece as I type!), so we're thinking the party could go as late as 10, but not too much later because it's a work night. Everyone will be sitting for the concert, so there will be about an hour in which no food is consumed, so I estimate that I will need 2 hours worth of food.

The instrument is a replica of a 1584 Moermans harpsichord, so I am serving some 16th century foods, including pumpes (a saffron and spice flavored meatball with currants), cheese tarts, and sambocade, an elderflower cheesecake. In addition to this, I am serving caprese skewers, and fruit skewers, as well as mini cupcakes from a good local bakery. Our beverages are mead, champagne, home-brewed ale, an excellent non-alcoholic ginger punch, and non-alcoholic sparkling cider (for the toast for those who don't drink champagne).

All of the food is miniature, including the meatballs and cheesecake, so that it's easier to manage. I need more stuff, though, because I only have a total of 346 pieces, including the dessert items. Since this is during the dinner hour, people will be hungry.

What else do you suggest? The party is in two days, so anything I can prepare quickly or ahead of time is great.

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