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Wedding Brunch for 60-- please help me!

TrussedUp | Sep 4, 201102:32 PM

Hi 'Hounds,

My wedding gift to my best friend is going to be a post-wedding brunch held in our back yard in urban DC. I'm thrilled to be doing it-- she and her fiance met here as neighbors-- but as the RSVPs come in, I'm getting a little nervous about pulling it off.

Luckily, my friend has stressed that she wants it to be super-casual and home-made, so we've decided on a breakfast burrito buffet.

The menu:

-Scrambled eggs
-Grilled/roasted peppers and onions
-homemade salsa (2 or 3 kinds)
-black beans
-purchased flour tortillas
-maybe some spanish tortillas?
-maybe homemade veggie empanadas?
-Fruit salad
-coffee, juice, etc.

The wedding will be on Saturday, and I'll be gone all day for it, and spending the night in a hotel 45 minutes from where I live that night. I'm driving back the next morning and people will begin to arrive around 11. Obviously, things are going to be done mostly before.

I'm taking Friday off of work. I'm going to roast lots of veggies in the oven, make a couple of pots of slow cooker black beans, and tackle the salsas. Perhaps empanadas, which are time consuming but very easy. Perhaps a few spanish tortillas. The eggs I'll scramble in the morning-- I've seen some recipes for doing that in the oven. The coffee, bagels, and fruit salad we'll pick up that morning.

Here are my questions:

-How much food? We're estimating 60-70 people right now, over the course of 3 hours.
-Does the menu look ok?
-Any foolproof recipes to add? For salsas, especially.
-Does this plan seem doable? strategy make sense? Our other best friend, who is throwing it with me, keeps saying maybe we should just have cosi cater. He also likes his steak baked gray.....

Any advice is appreciated! I'm a decent cook, and ambitious, but this is certainly the biggest project so far! Luckily, it is going to be very casual and the food is VERY simple. But, because it is so simple, I want it taste really good. The budget is about $400 (we can go over, but I'd love not to-- weddings are REALLY expensive to take part in these days!), but I think that is doable without alcohol and with what we are serving, even in pricey DC.

thank you so much in advance! I'm looking forward to what you have to say!

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