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Need help with surprise party menu

riotouspink | Mar 29, 2011 10:02 PM

I am helping to plan a surprise party for a friend. I am wondering if you all can give me input on a menu.

It will be at his house, which is about 45 minutes away. I won't have very much time to set-up or prepare food on site (about 30 minutes) and I am wondering what kinds of foods would be good for about 25-30 people.

The party will be for mid-to-late 20-somethings on a Friday evening. It will be around 7:00 (with people arriving early), so I'm worried people will be expecting dinner. Cost is a big concern for me.

Birthday boy hates tomatoes and is lactose intolerant. While he does love cheese, something very cheesy would not be great.

Current ideas I've been kicking around: (I'm a huge Ina Garten fan, so I always start with her)

Snacks:

Veggies/chips/salsa
Ina's Pan-Fried Onion Dip
Ina's Herb Dip

"Main" dish:

Ina's Pita Stuffed with Tabbouleh
Some kind of pasta salad
Pulled pork sandwiches* - I made this recently and would say that $20 of pork butt here makes like 10 sandwich portions. I don't think this is my best option from a cost perspective.

Dessert:

I want to make a red velvet sheet cake. Does anyone have a good recipe for a sheet cake version? I always see red velvet cakes that are in layers and I don't want to transport something complicated like that.

So, yeah, I need A LOT of ideas and help. I really appreciate your input!

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