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#1 Monica

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 11:45 AM

Me and 3 friends are hosting a baby shower for another friend – the guest of honour is ALWAYS the one that hosts the parties (she did my hen’s and baby shower) and is AMAZING!
I am splitting the food with one other person and am feeling the pressure.
My allocation is as follows:

Antipasto platter
Smoked salmon finger sandwiches
Mini muffins
Wonton chicken cups
Chicken and beef skewers (getting these pre-made from the butcher)
Risoni Salad
Lolly bar

I’m struggling with the amount to make as 50 people have been invited so I’m working on 45.
Do I do 1 portion per person or 1.5? 2 seems excessive as it will mean 90 wonton cups, 90 mini muffins.
As for the skewers, I think one of each per person is ample?
Sandwiches – half a sandwich each or 1?


My friend is doing:

another antipasto platter
Corn chilli cakes with avo salsa
Cheesey potato and herb cigar filos
Chicken finger sandwiches
Pulled pork tacos with spicy slaw
Honey/mustard chipolatas
Passionfruit cake
Mini cupcakes

I know there will be plenty of food so I’m not worried about people going hungry.
The menu is not really up for negotiation, it’s been decided so I just need to work out my plan of attack.

The baby shower is a Saturday at Noon (she originally wanted a 3 course sit down lunch but we said no!)

ETA: we have access to a Thermie! I know nothing about them, so if you do, what do you think could be done with that?
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#2 Lemon

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:59 PM

I think 1 per person would be sufficient. I would probably go one sandwich each rather than half though, and one of each (one chicken and one beef) skewer per person would be enough. It all sounds delish!

Sorry, I have no idea about Thermies, aside from the fact that I want one badly! tongue.gif

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 10:33 PM

I definitely don't think you need any more than 1 portion person and I think you could get away with less. There's a huge array of choice that you have there and not everyone will has one of each. That said, I always think it's better to have more rather than less so better to be safe and do 45 of each item. I would say 1/2 a sandwich each and 1 skewer (so approx 25 chicken and 25 beef).

In terms of the thermie you could use it to make your muffins, cupcakes, wonton fillings, salsa, batter for your cake and you could replace the risoni salad with one of the famous Thermomix ones (there's a carrot and apple or fresh beetroot one that are both great). You could also make a yummy chilled soup in it and serve it in shot glasses.

#4 Monica

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:37 PM

So I got a call from my partner in crime with the food that she has to be in Tasmania for work the weekend of the baby shower so I'm now doing it on my own!!!!
I'm freaking out!
I need to get my hands on a thermie cookbook and find out what I can perhaps substitute the above list for and utilize that.
A friend has put their hand up for the passion fruit cake and cupcakes so at least that's something.
I'm ditching the corn cakes and cheesy potato FILO cigars so need to find something else.
I'm also going to do a trial of the slow cooked pulled pork this weekend and I'm thinking of serving those in dinner rolls as a taco might be too hard to eat standing around.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:42 PM

Yikes Mon! That's a very elaborate menu to pull off for those kinds of numbers solo! I have a habit of inflicting myself with catering too. This weekend I served similar numbers but only did a fraction of the dishes you are anticipating. I make a lot of everything and basically cook until I run out of time. Is there no chance of limiting it a bit - or maybe substituting one of the tricksier items for something simpler like crudite and dips or fritata? Bite size is always a lot fiddlier than one big dish to be sliced but the results will be just as good/well received. I also like to get my guests well and truly sauced, so they notice the food less (but I guess that's less of an option at a baby shower smile.gif )! Anyway, I've bolded what I think can be easily done in the thermie.

Antipasto platter
Smoked salmon finger sandwiches
Mini muffins - make in advance and freeze
Wonton chicken cups
Chicken and beef skewers (getting these pre-made from the butcher)
Risoni Salad
Lolly bar

another antipasto platter
Corn chilli cakes with avo salsa
Cheesey potato and herb cigar filos what about spinach and feta filos, which can be made in advance
Chicken finger sandwiches
Pulled pork tacos with spicy slaw
Honey/mustard chipolatas
Passionfruit cake
Mini cupcakes


Good luck!

#6 Monica

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:19 AM

Thanks love.
Are there any good salads done via thermie you reckon I could sub the rissoni for?

Definitely going to do the mini muffins the weekend before.

I'm definitely ditching the corn cakes and filos because they ate better served fresh and I'm not going to have time on the day.

I do killer pork and apple sausage rolls which I can freeze so I though I might add those.
And perhaps meatballs would be an easy replacement? Or is that too same same as the sausage rolls?

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:03 PM

Oh wow! I thought your list was massive when I first read it and now it has doubled blink.gif . I feel overwhelmed for you!

Your sausage rolls sound delicious and I don't think they are at all like meatballs so I would do both - especially if you can prep both in advance.

My tip for finger sandwiches is to get your hands on an electric knife. You can cut all the crusts off without squashing the bread and it takes about 1/5th of the time it normally takes to put them all together when you use it.

In terms of the pulled pork if bread rolls are too heavy/not in theme you could serve them quesedilla style on tortillas (folded in half and then heated). You could prep everything before hand and then heat them up in the oven or a sandwich press (one of the flat ones not the jaffle style ones).

Re salads this one is really famous. They always do it at the demos because it is good. I always cut the onion back a bit but other than this it is delicious!

This one is great too if you don't like beetroot.




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