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Sweet 16 for 80
I am hoping you can help. I am throwing a sweet 16 for my daughter in 2 months. We are on a tight budget and are planning on preparing the food ourselves. The venue that we are having the party at is able to refridgerate food for us but we are not able to use the ovens to heat anything up. The venue is about 20 minutes from our home. So this is the menu we are planning...
Appetizers, all cold including, pretzel bites, from a local pretzel shop, tomato pie, 7 layer mexican dip with chips and salsa, blt tortilla roll ups and possibly one other item.
It's dinner that I am concerned about- how much we need to make as well as keeping it warm. Baked ziti (on sternos) I was thinking 4 large pans. Then sauce in a crockpot. As well as meatballs and sausage also in crockpots. With rolls so guests could also make meatball or sausage sandwiches. Large tossed green salad with dressing choices. Pulled bbq pork (in crockpots) sandwiches ( I was thinking of using 3 or 4 pork shoulders??) and lastly potato salad. We were also thinking of ordering fried chicken from our local super market but aren't sure if it's too much?.
Does this sound like enough food for between 65-80 guests?? And will the ziti dry out on sitting on the sternos for 2 hours??
We will also have lots of desserts, but they are easy:)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
You have to heat the pasta in an oven or roaster, the sternos will not heat them safely. A standard pan serves 20 ish and you will not be putting them all out at once.

You do NOT need pork with the sausage and meatballs. 1 pound sausage per 5 plus 1 pound meatballs per 4. 3 gallons potato salad. shredded lettuce for the sandwiches

Fruit trays would be great with this meal.

Thank you. Could we heat the pasta in an oven and then put it on the sterno to keep warm??
Yes, for up to 2 hours.
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