My husband and I are hosting a pre-wedding dinner the Friday night before our nephew's Sunday June 22nd wedding. We are expecting 40-45 people (family and out-of-town guests) and we're hoping the weather is nice enough to put tables on the back patio, deck, and front porch. That will leave space at the dining room table and the living room as well so there should be more than enough room.
Now I need to work out the menu. I'm planning to get a new smoker and smoke some whole chickens. They are easy to make once they get plunked in the smoker. I think 5-6 chickens should be plenty and I don't mind any leftovers My nephew wanted me to grill steaks but that can be a little difficult since I don't have steak knives for that number. So I was thinking I'd make beef kebabs. I would marinate the meat first so they'll be easy to slice or cube them small enough and I can grill them on the bbq.
We'll probably make a whole bunch of roasted/grilled veggies like peppers, mushrooms, onions, zucchini and eggplant and I have a great recipe for asparagus with an herby green sauce that my nephew's fiancee loved.
I'll buy hummus and baba ganoush and stuffed vine leaves to serve with pita.
But then I want to make a bunch of salads. Any suggestions on some great salad recipes I can make in advance and then just put out. Anything goes pretty much but they have to be non-dairy please so no cheeses or sour cream or yogurt added, please.
Also, would love some dessert recipes. We'll have a fruit salad and perhaps some cookies.
Any other ideas and suggestions for the dinner?