Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Entertaining Ideas

I was able to help prepare food for an event at my parent's church on Sunday night.  My mom and I worked together to feed about 200 people.  Because we were working with a limited budget, our menu choices were simple, but delicious.  I thought I'd share some pictures and later in the week, I'll share some of the recipes!

We were able to pull this off with a little less than $500.  That's less than $3 a person.  My whole family helped - my Dad helped all morning on Sunday, the kids pitched in, and Josh and Rob were my assistants in setting up the food and replenishing.  It was actually kind of fun - but exhausting!  

assembling the antipasto skewers

slicing the tomatoes for the skewers

antipasto skewers - tomatoes, tortellini, pepperoni, fontina

pumpkin bread, poppyseed bread

chicken salad sandwiches on croissants

ham and pineapple cream cheese sandwiches

lemon squares and chocolate chip cookies

pineapple, kiwis, grapes, and oranges

my mom supplied the floral arrangements, my dad the pottery

chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge

sun-dried tomato spread with baguette slices

black bean tortilla roll-ups

refilling everything!
this lady had never tasted an artichoke before! 
Our menu:

Ham and cheese sandwiches with pineapple cream cheese
Chicken Salad sandwiches
Black bean tortilla roll-ups
Spinach and Artichoke dip with veggies
Crackers and Assorted cheeses
Fruit Tray
Antipasto skewers with cheese tortellini and fontina cheese
Pumpkin bread
Poppyseed bread
Lemon Squares
Chocolate Chip cookies
Chocolate fudge
Peanut butter fudge
Peppermint brownies
Raspberry Punch


  1. Such an array of food for the small budget! Very nice, Kirsten! I know who I'm calling next event I host. ☺ Thanks for sharing. Happy Wednesday!

    PS...How did the lady like the artichoke?

  2. Oh my goodness. I wish I'd been at that buffet. It all sounds delicious (and looks wonderful)

    I seriously think you should write a cookbook.

    I bet you are completely tuckered out after all that. Did you spend Monday in a heap on the sofa?

  3. That looks and sounds wonderful. I'm amazed at how you did all that on a small budget. Well done.
    I wish I could call on you for catering.