I am throwing a birthday party for my dad on the 17th of this month. I've done some BBQ's in the past, and what not and the only way I could try to keep the larger cold dishes (coleslaw, potato salad, etc) cold was to get plastic trays and fill them with ice around the aluminum pans containing the food. In the Florida summer this works well for about 30 minutes. The ice melts far too quickly without insulation.
So I am looking for ideas, or even knowledge of products that I could purchase that would handle keeping a cold dish insulated. I am willing to spend a fair amount if the product is something that would last me years as I enjoy having gatherings.
Searching google for cold storage, cold serving, etc. it seems the spectrum goes from tiny little single serve containers for 10.00 and jumps straight to professional catering cold storage boxes that run 400.00 (and aren't what I want anyway)
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. If I could find simple coolers that were shaped as flat and long with a lid allowing good access that would probably work great. Probably for good reasons most coolers are tall.