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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi!

 

I would appreciate some ideas of what to make for main course for a graduation party. The problem is that I will not have much time to prepare a meal that day, since after the ceremony at school we would all come home and it would be best to serve the food quite soon (since the guests come from far away). 

 

So as there is not much time to prepare it on the day of the party, it should be something that can either be made ahead (in the morning or the previous day) or sth quick (30 - 45 min maybe?). Yet I would like it to be a festive meal.

 

Thank you in advance for any ideas!

post #2 of 16

How many people?

 

Maybe something like a "wrap party" where things like carne asada, lemongrass beef, chicken in lime juice can be cooked in advance. The day of the party reheat and provide pitas, tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and such for folks to build a wrap of their choice.

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post #3 of 16

Are you thinking of a buffet?

Is there a price cap?

yeah, more info what be beneficial 

...  I do like teamfats idea of build your own taco/burrito/wrap bar

pulled pork

pulled chicken

pulled beef ... all done in the slow cooker

everything can be be made well before hand, covered in their serving dishes and stashed in the `fridge,

then when you get back home from the ceremony, you just put things out... have your tables set up, decor, etc. done the morning of ... you get the idea.

post #4 of 16

Probably not relevant to the situation, but one of the more entertaining dinners we had was when some of the "kids" came to Salt Lake for a ski weekend.  Nieces and nephews around 30 years old, still kids to us.

 

There were three couples.  I had previously prepared pizza dough, portioned out in balls that would make a decent 2 person pie.  An array of toppings, various cheeses and a pot of sauce.  It was fun to watch the different couples interact with each other as they rolled out the dough, shaped it, sauced and decided on toppings.  Obviously would not work for more than a small handful of people in a home kitchen, but it was fun.

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post #5 of 16

Great ideas above. It's a bit wintery but any kind of stew can be made the day before and easily reheated before serving.  So beef bourgignon, roasted shoulder of lamb, osso bucco, pulled pork, that's all good stuff.

 

I'm with teamfat, I would probably make carnitas and then lay out a  toppings station with tortillas, guac, and other toppings that are prepped ahead.

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post #6 of 16

What does your crowd consider to be good eats? Is there a budget concern?

     Lots of places offer party style foods like subs and crudite platters that you can order ahead and pick up at the last minute in addition to the suggestions already posted. Of course, if you have a gas grill set up and ready, the standard burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, etc. will be quick. Pre cooked chicken, duck, ribs, and other meats can be slathered with a sauce and grilled at the last minute. Poached shrimp and salmon are nice and can be done ahead of time. Bowls of nuts and chips with dip. Bean, grain and other vegetarian salads to round out the choices. A fruit platter. And cake of course. 

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for your awesome suggestions!! You totally helped me out!! Thanks!!!

post #8 of 16

@KristinaT

Please let us know what you decided to make and how it all went.

And pictures of the event please :)

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post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

How nice of you :) 

 

I sure will!! The party is on Friday, so a bit more patience :)

post #10 of 16

@KristinaT photos too please :)

post #11 of 16

Meatballs and sauce in a crock pot. Get some rolls and they can have meat ball subs. Easy and not to much work. You can even to a sandwich meat platter. Have rolls on hand and mayo and mustard.

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone!

 

So, here comes the menu and the photos from yesterday's graduation party.

 

In the beginning I thought I would make boeuf bourguignon as main course, but that would have been just way too expensive, unfortunately. 

 

For entrée I made cucumber wrapped bacon and blue cheese salad with rucola, iceberg lettuce, toasted sesame seeds and whote wine vinaigrette dressing. 

 

 

 

Main course: rice with feta and tomato stuffed chicken (with mediterranean seasoning)  in the oven, served with herb butter, olies, cucumber and tomato.

 

 

 

Dessert: my absolute favourite, moelleux au chocolat (served with strawberries and raspberry jam)

 

 

 

 

I am so happy, the party was great, the food was awesome too!

 

And again, thanks a lot for all your suggestions! Next time I am facing such an event, I can check the list again here and get some inspiration :)

post #13 of 16

Well done. 

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post #14 of 16
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Thanks

post #15 of 16

Stunnig! And great presentations.

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post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much!!

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