I'm planning a house blessing on a Sunday afternoon after church. One of the priests from my church will bless the house, and we'll spend the rest of the afternoon eating. I'm guessing probablly about 30 people will show up. At this time I'm thinking I'll prepare a spinach/gruyere strata and vodka-spiked cherry tomatoes (which are a favorite in my parish). The rest of my menu is, shall we say, flexible.
Within this flexibility I'm conscious of having food that will not need a knife, since guests will be juggling plates. Also, since this is after church everything will need to be prepared the night before, with some things (such as the strata) going into the oven right before guests arrive.
Does anyone have any ideas for other items to go with this menu? I'm thinking mainly finger foods. Should I serve a green salad with this meal?
Also, how many bottles of wine should I buy? How many bottles of white wine, how many bottles of red?
Thank you for your input!