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#1 cinnamonnutmeg

Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:48 PM


DDs first birthday is coming up and it is going to be at the park.

We invited 60ish people (big family, but I expect a high number of declines, its a long weekend), and it includes kids, babies, grandparents and other assorted friends and rellies. Plus we have a couple of people are gluten and lactose intolerant.

We do have access to barbecues at the park but really didn't want to do sausage and bread because I don't want DH to be stuck at the BBQ (and then I get stuck with the whole family & kids).

So I need some ideas for food to serve for lunch.

Currently we have:
-Spinach cobb loaf
-Fruit salad kebabs
-Fairy bread

Does anyone have any killer (really easy because my oven is kind of terrible) recipes/ suggestions? Stuff I can make ahead and doesn't need to be cooked on the day or reheated?


#2 nup

Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:14 PM

If you have an esky you can use it to keep food warm. I've done a park party where I had two and got the idea from pinterest but couldn't go through with the boiling water in the esky idea as I  was worried about corn tasting like plastic.  One filled with corn on the cob, the other with stacks of snags and meatballs. All wrapped in foil. All easily prepared foods as they're set and forget foods. I'm not a fan of fussy foods for park parties; the easier the better as transporting it all can be a bit tricky if you don't preplan.

A few big bags of cheezels served in big salad bowls and m&ms. Add cake & go. Don't forget to pack candles and lighter

#3 Inkogneatoh

Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:39 PM

I used to do an afternoon tea for my Grandmothers birthday, that always required me moving the food else where. I made what I could as early as I could and froze it as close to being able to be put out as practical. If I remembered I took it out the day before (party was Boxing day, so remembering to do stuff Christmas night was a bit hard),but it defrosted in time anyway if spread out. I don't have any real recipes as everything was kind of made up as I went along.

For savoury, would you be up to making sandwiches or wraps the morning of? Egg and lettuce (you can make the egg the day before), meat and pickles, meat, tomato and cheese, or what ever your heart desires to cater for your family's needs. When I've done these ahead, I make on the morning and wrap in mixed bundles. So when I get one bundle out to top up a plate, there is a variety put out, not all of one sort. You could also look at some frittatas, fritters or something similar, served cold. What about vege sticks, crackers and dips as well?

On the sweet side, I went for slices, biscuits, scones, and pikelets. Make ahead and freeze. The scones and pikelets can be served with a jar of jam, and tub of cream on the side. I also shied away from cupcakes, and turned to cooking the mix in either a lamington tin or slice tin, so it was more slab like. Made it easier to package to freeze and to transport. I would put the icing in a zip lock bag and ice on site before cutting to serve, also to make transport easier.

For the lunch time parties in years gone by, we would do salads with cold meat and bread rolls. Technically it was Christmas lunch left overs, and you ate the leftovers of the family you didn't dine with the day before, but the principle of a tossed green salad, some cold meat, and a tub of coleslaw or potato salad remain.

#4 Bereckii

Posted 18 March 2017 - 10:46 PM

Egg and bacon pie. Served cold. Yum!

#5 Gateaugirl

Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:55 AM

what about a 'build your own roll' spread? Salad stuff, cheese, meat, etc out on a table and people can make what they like.

#6 Bearynice

Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:06 AM

Zucchini slice served cold
Little filled dinner rolls
Savoury platter... crackers, cheese,kabaka/meat veg and dip

For big groups I find it easier to do less options but do two platters of each item

#7 LuckyMummy ♥♥

Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:16 AM

Id be making sandwiches the day before. Fillings like chicken and egg cans last overnight in the fridge. Google party sandwiches or something like that.

Or you can do cold hot food. Like room temp zucchini slice is nice. Savoury pancakes. Cold sausage rolls. Pizza rolls (buy the mini pizzas from the bakers and cut up)

If you're in the southern states watch out cause it's nearing peak wasp season. Put all food in airtight containers, dispose of rubbish immediately and make sure food time is short and sweet. Don't leave open drinks around.

Edited by LuckyMummy ♥♥, 19 March 2017 - 07:17 AM.

#8 life is uncertain

Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:21 AM

 Gateaugirl, on 19 March 2017 - 06:55 AM, said:

what about a 'build your own roll' spread? Salad stuff, cheese, meat, etc out on a table and people can make what they like.

We are having DS first birthday in the park and this is axactly what we are doing. Saves me having to make them at all. We are also having Frankfurts, Chocolate crackles, Fruit platter, Sausage rolls and bacon and veggie frittatas. Along with cupcakes and cake of course ;) just going to keep the hot stuff in a foil container and wrap a towel around them to keep them warm, I figure they don't need to be piping hot because they are mainly for the kids. But thanks for reminding me to do a cob load! I love that and completely forgot it

#9 Pearson

Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:49 PM

Per pp if you would like some hot food, put in alfoil containers and wrap in alfoil then in teatowels then in insulated shopping bags or esky.
Put paper towel over the top of the food under the alfoil, keeps condensation at a minimum.

Cold foods:
Savoury scones
Small slices of zucchini slice
Cheese platter w fruit & nuts
Scrolls- sweet and savoury
Stromboli - 1 giant long scroll sliced up
Rice paper rolls

#10 *Melstar*

Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:00 PM

Make your own bread rolls are so easy for these events.

Cold meats
Sliced tomato
Sliced cheese
Lettuce pieces
Mayonnaise / gourmet sauces / pickles etc

Large bread rolls for adults / dinner rolls for the littlies

Vegie / crackers / dips as starters

Birthday cake as the sweets to finish

Super easy to organise. Pre order rolls and slab cake from woolies bakery.

Plastic plates / serviettes

Soft drinks / pop top waters / poppers in an esky.

Fresh. Easy. Yummy. Easy to hold - important for the park. And caters for everyone.

PS - purchase wraps instead of rolls for the gluten free. Ensure at least some of the sauces etc are dairy free for the lactose intolerant.

#11 ClarkeTribe

Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:16 AM

Cold sausage rolls? Bake the night before and refrigerate. Just remember to pack the tomato sauce too!

So easy my kids can do it. -
https://youtu.be/fLbpN24uDI4 :)

#12 l-m-n-o-p

Posted 13 April 2017 - 08:00 AM

Get pizza delivered to the park!

#13 itsallnew

Posted 13 April 2017 - 08:05 AM

Mini quiches and sausage rolls (can do vegetarian version) are easy to make ahead & freeze and can be served cold. Same for pizza scrolls (or any filling scrolls really). Could do cheese & spinach, or pesto, or ham & pineapple.

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