S/O is changing jobs so I planned to throw a small cocktail and snack soiree on a Saturday night. Unfortunately S/O envisioned a larger affair and I think we're looking at 50 or so guests.
I need to provide food and drinks for this crowd. Maybe not a full meal, but definitely some substantial snacks. We throw a similar-sized holiday party and I usually do a ham with mini-biscuits etc. but it just seems "eh" because we live in Miami and it is SO HOT right now and given the size of the event, some of the people will simply have to be outside in our courtyard.
Anyone have any ideas, plans or themes (S/O not keen on Mexican)? I'd kind of like to do an easy signature drink, plus beer and wine, that will tie in with the food. My requirements are, because my work schedule is so busy, that I need to be able to do at least some stuff ahead and it needs to be fairly simple. Also, I'm not usually keen on serving purchased food, but supposed I could do so in a pinch.