Party Planning

Inviting guests over can be stressful. Whether you're planning a happy hour, a potluck, or a full meal, you may want feedback on your menu.

This Orange & Black Halloween Food Is Perfect for Celebrating at Home

Orange and black Halloween food is definitely on-theme, but it doesn't have to come courtesy of scary food dyes. Even if you opt for a more sophisticated Halloween scheme, the classic orange and black...

Is it Possible to Reheat Fried Chicken Successfully for a Crowd?

by kySafran 4 months ago

I've been asked to cook fried chicken for 25 next week at a birthday party. I'm serving it with rice and peas and salads. The salads will be prepared and assembled in the morning and the rice co...

Cold BBQ chicken

by newmarket2 5 months ago

I don't think of cold chicken with BBQ sauce...to me, it's wonderful when served hot and gooey if cold. But, it's been suggested for an upcoming party and I was wondering if anyone could offer adv...

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by Sadistick 10 months ago

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by Proud4life 11 months ago

My grandma’s bday is on January 3rd and we will be having a small get together with her and my parents. (She had covid and the vaccine already) We want to make it special so we will decorate cookie...

Planning a Safe Oktoberfest

by twodales2 1 year ago

Our group of about 16 people are planning a backyard Oktoberfest this next week. We usually go to a German restaurant but have decided to forgo that this year. I had thought about bringing Jäg...

In a world w/o Uncle Boons... Location Help for a 40th b-day party

by MissMara 1 year ago

So I was looking to throw a 40th birthday in January (or whenever the world opens back up in NYC) with ~15 -20 ppl. I had my heart set on Uncle Boons but I just heard they are closing. True Heartbr...

Breakfast reception menu for a small at-home wedding

by Captain_Ironphoenix 1 year ago

I'm planning a breakfast "reception" for about 10 people following my morning wedding. I'd like some input on my menu: Doughnuts from a local bakery Strawberries and dip (any recommendations fo...

Dinner Parties

by rwc 1 year ago

Have you had any success hosting a dinner party, lately? I'm wondering about dinner parties for young singles and young professional couples in their early thirties or mid thirties. In your experie...

How will you handle Mother's Day this year?

by gutreactions 1 year ago

With the Covid-19 crisis still very much alive, how will you mark Mother's Day, May 10? Will you send Mom some home-cooking and flowers, or will you order take-out to be delivered? We love Moms! An...

keeping rice warm for 4 hours

by uteDavidson 7 years ago

I am having a Mardi Gras party for 60 people and cooking Jambalay. Keeping the Jambalaya warm is not a problem, but what is the best method to keep the rice warm? Any suggestions very much appre...

Super Bowl Menu 2020

by LaLa 2 years ago

What is on your menu for the Super Bowl? Are you going to a party? Celebrating at home with your family? Making special team specific snacks? Share all your food plans here.

Dairy-free Carb-ish (rice, pasta, grain) dish for a buffet?

by mickeygee 2 years ago

Having about 20-25 people for a party, and looking for a dish that can work as a substantial main/side for my vegetarian friends - so rice, pasta, grain. But I also want it to be dairy free (all my...

Need help with menu ideas for a large party

by Captain_Ironphoenix 2 years ago

Hello all, I've lurked around here for some time, but this is my first post. I'm currently trying to narrow down menu ideas for a party I am hosting this September. Details are still being naile...

Non-dessert snacks for "rock" party - Advice please

by AJ019 2 years ago

Hello everyone - In the midst of holiday cooking/baking prep, I need some some ideas for non-dessert snacks/finger food for my son's science class party celebrating geology/rocks. I'd like to t...

Holiday Open House ideas

by prima 2 years ago

It's been a few years since I last hosted a Holiday Open House. This was my standard menu for a few years: Lemon basil shrimp skewers Baked brie Bacon-wrapped dates Stuffed mushrooms (with sw...

Banquet for 250 people: Palais Royale or The Old Mill? Where else

by prima 3 years ago

Looking for a venue that offers rentals, that is on the cheap to modest side , preferably less than $80 per person, and I realize that will be a very basic menu. Accessible by TTC. This is for a sp...

Officially out of ideas for our annual party

by tonifi 2 years ago

I know I've asked this before (twenty years we've been having this party...) but I need your help, chowhounds! Our annual holiday party is coming up and I have NO clue what to make for the food. We...

Nibbly bits for an evening meeting

by twodales2 2 years ago

Appetizers. Feeling overwhelmed. Evening meeting at my home tomorrow night. Wine and water will be the beverages. I'm making Trisha Yearwood's Charleston dip. It's hot, cheesy and topped ...