i am hosting a casual party in my apartment to celebrate the finish of one of most popular 10k runs in my area. the guest list will be around 30, which includes a mix of runners and spectators (like myself). i want to be able to watch the run but be ready to serve up drinks & food as soon as people arrive afterwards. what can i prepare ahead of time that will be filling, as well as appetizing? i'd still like to show off some of my cooking skills even if that means preparing it early. no crudites and sandwich trays here.
was thinking mini sliders (pulled pork, italian, meatball, or ham & cheese), pasta or potato salad, some sort of dip, and a few sides....but there really is no theme or story. any advice is appreciated.