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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 10th Sep 05, 11:23 AM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 11:23 AM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 11:23 AM
    Wow, best of luck! First question - have you got a big enough freezer to do lots of it in advance? I'd go for big dishes of chilli, meat & tattie pie, curry, pasta, etc. etc. (including at least one veggie alternative), and get it all made and frozen well beforehand, so you only have to do the accompaniments, salads, jacket spuds or whatever on the day.

    What's your budget like too?
    I haven't bogged off yet, and I ain't no babe

    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 10th Sep 05, 11:26 AM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 11:26 AM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 11:26 AM
    Are you wanting to do a finger food buffet or serve hot food?
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    • blue-kat
    • By blue-kat 10th Sep 05, 12:22 PM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 12:22 PM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 12:22 PM
    I'd recommend doing big share dishes such as huge bowls of spicy rice, lots garlic bread, various salads and dips. or maybe cook one huge gammon joint as buffet centre piece?

    buy some frozen puff pasty, preferabbly ready rolled for convience on party day and cut into little squares/circles and put a blob of pesto and 1/2 a cherry tom on top. Cook for 20mins. very cheap and tasty, serve hot with salads.

    for such big numbers how about asking some people to bring food ( tell them what though!) rather than drink?

    for desert:
    couple of huge gateaux. Lidl do lovely big choc mousse-y cake for about 3.49.

    Don't think jacket spuds are a good idea as each person takes a whole one and probably only eats 1/2 yet you've still got people waiting to be fed, and whole oven is taken up with spuds so you can't heat up other stuff. No way can you micowave 75 spuds !

    have a great party !

    we moved house recently but am putting off party, much to my son's frustration, till we've ironed out finances.
  • Lyndsay_21
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    • 10th Sep 05, 12:30 PM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 12:30 PM
    if the weathers nice why not have a bbq!!
    It can work out cheaper....and easier then pre making sandwhiches etc
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 10th Sep 05, 12:32 PM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 12:32 PM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 12:32 PM
    I think for 100 people I would consider caterers, I know its probably not very money saving but just think of the time you will save in preparation, shopping and cleaning up after. My local caters do buffets that start at a couple of quid a head.
    • grunnie
    • By grunnie 10th Sep 05, 3:06 PM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 3:06 PM
    100 people -fed that amount a few times- You will need a very large house to put everyone. can you hire a local hall? I advise paper plates and disposable napkins -a visit to the pound shop for them. Keep the food simple so you're not rushed off your feet. I would cube lots of cheese have lots of crisps and dips french bread and cut up some cold pizzas cold quiche sausages etc. Don't have anything hot and have everything prepared well in advance so you can enjoy yourself.And don't forget the beer and wine ENJOY
    • By THIRZAH 10th Sep 05, 3:37 PM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 3:37 PM
    Check the library for the "Entertaining Cookbook" by Evelyn Rose. She gives recipes and quantities for catering for groups of fifty so you could easily double the amounts. Many of her recipes can be made in advance and frozen.
    • DSmiffy
    • By DSmiffy 10th Sep 05, 4:19 PM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 4:19 PM
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    • 10th Sep 05, 4:19 PM
    I'd do a couple of huge pans of hot pot and serve with sliced french stick bread and red cabbage and a couple of huge pans of curry with rice or jacket spuds & sliced naan bread. Leave it in the pans as help yourself and use "small" polystryrene dishes with plastic forks. that way no one takes too much and no washing up.
    • shykins
    • By shykins 11th Sep 05, 2:18 PM
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    snap i am feeding loads on my wedding day in a couple weeks.. also did similar for our engagement last year and it went down really well

    am going to cook a whole load of chicken winglets (1.20 for 14) .. and chicken drumsticks (got these 1 off in cheap cabinet).. also going to buy some smoked salmon from lidl 1.99 a pack, that always makes it seem posh lol.. personally i hate the stuff

    then am goin to make a load of salads and cut up some baguettes, cheese and pate and some dips, crisps, pringles (half price in wilkinsons) etc

    u can prepare most of it the day before and leave on serving dishes in fridge.. on the day u just have to lay it out.. open crisps, cut bread and make salads

    for puds am doing big jug of cream with profiteroles and strawberries]

    Hope this helps
    • jockettuk
    • By jockettuk 11th Sep 05, 2:42 PM
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    Hi all

    Having house warming party in about a fortnight, whats a good place for cheap catering or any ideas for stuff I can buy and cook
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    house warming for 100 people hope you got a big enough house because if the weather rubbish they will all be indoors..
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