I am have a Master's recital in May, and it is customary to throw a reception. I've decided on Italian themed foods, since I am part Sicilian/Calabrian and have a special tie to the culture and cuisine. Here's what I was thinking for 50-60 people:
-Italian meatballs, made my my Nonna (with rolls on the side to make a sandwich)
-Italian sausage and peppers, made my my mom
-olives, marinated artichokes, veggie platter
-cheese & meat platter
-crostinis with fresh ricotta and various toppings
-melon wrapped in prosciutto
-caprese salad bites
And of course, coffee, tea, various drinks, etc.
How does this sound? Is there anything that could be left off for simplicity, as everything will be homemade? I am nervous about the arancini bites because I've never made them and am worried about how to keep them hot and crispy if I make them early in the morning?
Also, would the mini cannoli get soggy if they were filled the morning of and served in mid afternoon?
Thanks for your advice and comments!