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Hi! I am preparing a dinner for 300 people with 50 kids roughly. Dinner will be at 7 in the evening outside with dancing to follow, do 2-3 hour event. The BBQ is being prepared by professional catering group. I am in charge of the rest. Here is the menu and quantities I am thinking...
Baked potatoes - 150-200 small.
Potato Salad - 60lbs
mayo - 1 1/2 gallons, eggs - 6 dozen, onions - 4-5 cups, mustard,relish (not sure how much)
Fruit Salad - from a can into bowl
Tossed bag salad - 9 lbs
chopped cherry tomatoes - (don't know how much)
Croutons - 1-2 gallons
Cheese - 10 lbs ( for both salad and baked potatoes)
Watermelon - 10? she wants some sliced and some to be in watermelon boats
Hot Dogs - 50 for the kids
Green Beans - 10 gallons ( don't know how much bacon)
Tea and Lemonaide - 24 gallons
I basically wanted to know if you think this is accurate? I am doing this alone and starting to freak out a little bit. Any suggestions would be wonderful!!!
Jennifer, bluntly, you can't do this alone. For 300 people, allowing the BBQ people are doing only the BBQ, day of you will need at least 4 people handling the buffet and other tables, and about 15 people to set up, serve, and clean up the party.
Hot Dogs - 50 for the kids- these are a true choking hazard for small children- if you feel you must have something, do chicken fingers or chicken nuggets- 1 pound per estimated 4 kids.
Baked potatoes - 150-200 small- don't go too small, it looks poor on the plate. You want at least 85 pounds
Potato Salad - 60 lbs do for 200
Fruit Salad - from a can into bowl- why? Use frozen fruits and melon balls, much tastier, much prettier; 1 pound per 5-6. You could even put some in the watermelon boats. See the fruit tray page
Tossed bag salad - 9 lbs- no
Cheese - 10 lbs ( for both salad and baked potatoes). This is only 1 1/2 tablespoons total per person. I would increase. Need butter, at least 4 pounds per 100, and I would add 18 pounds of sour cream
Watermelon - 10? she wants some sliced and some to be in watermelon boats- At least 1 pound per 3 with the other fruit
Green Beans - 10 gallons- 12 gallons ( don't know how much bacon)- Make some meatless, use diced tomatoes and onions, for the non-meat eaters, which you will have in this size crowd
Tea and Lemonade - 24 gallons short- 30 gallons add water and ice, add dinner level coffee with dessert
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