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Engagement Party
I'm throwing an engagement party for my daughter and her fiance. There will be 52 adults altogether. She wants hot wings and reg. fried wings, he wants potato salad, and I threw in meatballs and shrimp cocktail and rolls. we'll have a vegetable tray and two cheese balls that another family member is making. Along with some desert. my question is, are wings, shrimp cocktail and meatballs a good combination? my other question is how much do i need to purchase for 52 adults?
What time does the party start and how long will it last? This affects amounts. Write back.
it will begin at 5pm and end at 8pm
Engagement Party for 52
OK, so this has to be enough food per person to make dinner- I am going to suggest a few tweaks and fill ins to keep the meat costs down.

hot wings-1 pound per 3 people
reg. fried wings- 2 per person
meatballs- 7 pounds, 2 quarts sauce

shrimp cocktail- most economical way to serve this is Mexican style, in a cup/glass with the sauce already on it, and chopped avocado and other tasty bites added. This recipe will make 8 servings if cupped:

Potato salad- 2 gallons, about 18 pounds potatoes

Consider adding 10-12 pounds roasted veg, can be served Italian style at room temp:

No fuss Oven-Roasted Italian Vegetables

Prep Time 10 min
Total Time 40 min
Servings 50


6 cups baby-cut carrots (3 pounds)

6 cups fresh whole mushrooms (1 1/2 pounds)

12 medium onions, cut into 1-inch wedges (12 cups, 4 pounds)

6 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (6 cups)

6 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise in half, then cut crosswise into 1-inch slices (6 cups)

6 cups broccoli crowns or cauliflower florets;

If you weren't having potato salad, you could use/ add 18 small red potatoes, cut into fourths (6 cup)

3 cups Italian dressing

Coat 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, toss vegetables with dressing. Spread vegetables in single layer in pan.
Bake uncovered 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender.
Sprinkle the hot roasted veggies with freshly grated Parmesan cheese or a combo of chopped toasted nuts and sliced green onions.

Another option would be 4 9x13 pans of broccoli rice casserole

rolls- 2 per person

vegetable tray
two cheese balls
need 3 pounds crackers

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