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ELLEN'S KITCHEN
Engagement Picnic for 50 LONG
Leona
03/11/11
Hi Ellen,

My daughter is getting married next year, but we need to host an engagement party so that the two families and wedding party can meet. We are planning on a Barbecue/Picnic in a local state park. It's a beautiful setting the only issue is no electricty. I don't feel it is a problem as I have many coolers and a non electric caterer's cabinet. Here is the menu Please have a look see if I have the right amount of food.

Menu:
Deviled Eggs, Chips & Dips, Crackers and Cheese, Fresh Fruit Tray, Veggie Tray
Sausage and Peppers, Fried Chicken, Asian Grilled Salmon, Grilled Chicken Breast
German Potato Salad, Apple Jicama Slaw, Macaroni Salad
Chuck Wagon Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob
Cake, Pies, Brownies, Cookies
Ice Tea, Coffee, Punch

Deviled Eggs = 3 doz
Chips = 3 lbs potato, 4 lbs tortilla chips, 2 lbs Pita chips
Dips = Seven Layer Taco Salad Dip x 2, Make Ahead Bread Bowl Spinach Dip x 4, Hummus 2 lbs, Ranch Dip 3 lbs, salsa 1 qt
Crackers = 3 lbs on platters
Cheese = 6.5 lbs assorted cubed or sliced on platters
Fresh Fruit = Platter x 2
Veggie Trays = x2
Sausage = 1 ea (3-4/6 inch =1lb) ~12 lbs
Peppers = 25 red & 25 green
Onions = 25
Grilled Boneless Skinless Chicken = 5 lbs
Fried Chicken = 25 lbs
Asian Grilled Salmon = 15 lbs
German Potato Salad = 2.5 gal
Apple Jicama Slaw = 2 gal
Macaroni Salad = 4 lbs dry
Chuck Wagon Baked Beans = 1.5 gal
Corn on the Cob = 30-40 ears (cut in half)
Cake = 1 whole sheet
Pies = 6
Brownies = 60
Cookies = 60
Ice Tea = 3 gal (2 reg., 1 sweet)
Coffee = lb
Punch = 5 gal
Soda = 54 (1/3 diet)
Beer = 2 cases
Wine = 12 bottles (could be champagne for a toast)
Assorted Pickles = 3 quarts
Rolls = 75 (for sausages and misc.)

Thank You so much!

ellen
03/12/11
Hi, Leona,
This is a great idea, recently I attended a similar party for a family member, and it made the wedding much more pleasant, because there were fewer strangers.
The menu looks good, but you have more food than I would plan for 50 people unless the party is over 4 hours.
Realizing you will have lots of ice chests, be sure some are set apart for drink ice only, to stay clean from hands not going in.

Deviled Eggs = 3 doz- OK
Chips = 3 lbs potato, 4 lbs tortilla chips, 2 lbs Pita chips- Don't open the last bag of any until needed, you will probably have some left
Dips = Seven Layer Taco Salad Dip x 2, Make Ahead Bread Bowl Spinach Dip x 4, Hummus 2 lbs, Ranch Dip 3 lbs, salsa 1 qt; would half or omit the ranch dip
Crackers = 3 lbs on platters- do not open last pound until you see you need it
Cheese = 6.5 lbs assorted cubed or sliced on platters- OK, make some sliced, will be used for the sandwiches
Fresh Fruit = Platter x 2- OK
Veggie Trays = x2 1 will probably be enough
Sausage = 1 ea (3-4/6 inch =1lb) ~12 lbs
Peppers = 25 red & 25 green- 20
Onions = 25-20
Grilled Boneless Skinless Chicken = 5 lbs
Fried Chicken = 25 lbs- get 1 piece per person, this is probably more than you need
Asian Grilled Salmon = 15 lbs- 10 pounds
German Potato Salad = 2.5 gal- 2 is plenty
Apple Jicama Slaw = 2 gal- 1 1/2 is plenty
Macaroni Salad = 4 lbs dry- 3 pounds dry
Chuck Wagon Baked Beans = 1.5 gal- ok
Corn on the Cob = 30-40 ears (cut in half)-OK
Cake = 1 whole sheet-OK
Pies = 6- 4, cut 8 pieces
Brownies = 60- cut small, allow 2 per person
Cookies = 60- get small, 2 per person
Ice Tea = 3 gal (2 reg., 1 sweet)- OK
Coffee = lb-OK
Punch = 5 gal- 3
Soda = 54 (1/3 diet)-OK
Beer = 2 cases-OK, you may have some left
Wine = 12 bottles (could be champagne for a toast)- only takes 8 bottles for a toast
Assorted Pickles = 3 quarts- 2 quarts is probably enough, how about a quart of olives?
Rolls = 75 (for sausages and misc.)- Get good ones that can be eaten straight as well as with meats. Get 2 pounds butter, quart or 2 mayo.

 
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