Jump to content

Buffet Food Ideas - Winter Party


  • Please log in to reply
21 replies to this topic

#1 OneProudMum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:10 PM

I've got a party for 50 people to throw coming up in August and I am looking for buffet food ideas.

Somethings that can be cooked in the oven, a slow cooker or electric wok that can be kept heated electrically on the day.

So far we have homemade fried rice and pasta bake.

Thanks in advance!

Edited by OneProudMum, 12 April 2012 - 03:19 PM.


#2 PrincessPeach

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

Beef & red wine.

Curried prawns

stir-fry

#3 CountryFeral

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

Do a ring around and gather together all the fondue sets that are lurking in the back of the cupboards of your friends/friends parents.

Fondue is GREAT!

Not only is it entertainment but food too!

If you can get enough sets you can have a whole array of different fondues both savoury and sweet.

#4 paddyboo

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:17 PM

mini pies/sauasage rolls/pizzas/chicken wings always go down a treat in winter.

maybe you could also cook up a batch of yummy soup and have little bowls out

#5 Oolia

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:19 PM

How about:

Curries
Stews
Casseroles
Zucchini slice
Cauliflower & Broccoli with cheese sauce
Potato Bake
Roasted vegies - sweet potato, zucchini, mushrooms etc.

Good luck original.gif

#6 OneProudMum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:20 PM

Forgot to add there will be 50 people approx. Thanks for the suggestions so far.

#7 Escapin

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:22 PM

I'd do large amounts of say 2 mains and 3 sides rather than a bunch of different things. You can then concentrate on making a few things extra yummy rather than stressing about a bunch of different dishes.

#8 fooiesmum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:26 PM

Tacos or Nachos with shredded beef and beans (hot) - plus the usual accompaniments (salsa, corn, guacamole, sour cream)

Easy to do for a crowd original.gif


#9 Mama Midwife

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:33 PM

At my brother's wedding, they had a massive pot of pumpkin soup, ham rolls and hot chicken rolls for a supper, due to it being afternoon lunch reception and the reception going until 11pm that night.

#10 *mylittleprince*

Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:38 PM

Is it just you cooking? If not I would make one starter, two mains and one dessert and then get a bunch of people to cook so it's nice and easy.

You could do something like:

Starter
Butternut pumpkin soup and mini rolls

Mains
Something meaty - beef lasagne/chicken curry and rice, etc
Something vegetarian - vegetable lasagne or vegetable stacks/ mushroom risotto
I would always have one big salad, most people like a bit of salad no matter what the weather and small rolls to make it go further.

Dessert
Something easy to make in large amounts like: trifle, brownies and ice cream, etc

Good luck with your party original.gif

#11 Pearson

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:03 PM

Beef Stroganoff
Portugese Chicken Casserole
Slow Cooker Roast Lamb (cook it, then slice it up back into the slow cooker)
Chicken wingettes/drumettes
Soup

You could cook these in advance as well and freeze them, microwave on the night and keep them warm in slow cookers (beg and borrow a couple from friends, family and neighbours).  Dont forget the old fashioned deep Fryers also are good to keep things warm if you have them.

Have the pasta bake vegetarian or creamy, and use this and the fried rice as sides, or you could do Potato Bake too.  Bread rolls or slice baguettes as well.

We had portable bain marie's at a june night party and they did not keep the food hot enough.

If you are looking for pre-dinner things, you could buy these and cook them in the afternoon or in a pie warmer (you could hire for the night for around $50).
Or, as PP's have said - the mexican dishes (depends, some older people dont like this)

#12 ~mimo~

Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

lamb & rosemary pies - or no pastry and just have it as a casserole and maybe some fresh, crusty bread or just the rice you have already. yummo!

let me know if you want recipe original.gif

#13 credence

Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:18 PM

Last year at my DS's first birthday the best thing we did was make Lasagne. I just made up 2 big lasagne's a couple of days before and just popped it in the oven on the day. It's great because it can stay hot out of the oven for 2 hours if you keep it wrapped in foil, leaving space to do other dishes in the oven.

#14 OneProudMum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:18 PM

QUOTE (~mimo~ @ 12/04/2012, 04:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
lamb & rosemary pies - or no pastry and just have it as a casserole and maybe some fresh, crusty bread or just the rice you have already. yummo!

let me know if you want recipe original.gif



YES please! That sounds delish!!

QUOTE (credence @ 12/04/2012, 05:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Last year at my DS's first birthday the best thing we did was make Lasagne. I just made up 2 big lasagne's a couple of days before and just popped it in the oven on the day. It's great because it can stay hot out of the oven for 2 hours if you keep it wrapped in foil, leaving space to do other dishes in the oven.


Brilliant original.gif

#15 knittingkitten

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:44 PM

Curry. Make it the day before. One vege, one chicken, one beef or lamb.

I'd suggest vegie/lentil curry this for the vege one.

Serve in large bowls, borrow or beg a large rice cooker and a bucket of papadums (btw pappadums are yummy not cooked in oil but zapped in the microwave for 60 seconds.)
And small bowls of bought chutneys, yoghurt raita and and sliced chillies. And one huge bowl of green salad.

#16 claptrap

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:57 PM

hi OPM

want kind of group are you catering for?  i.e. mix of adults and children / some elderly / some fussy eaters?  What kind of occasion?

For me it would depend on who I'm feeding and what kind of event, and how formal I wanted to be.
I like a themed buffet - so all Italian or all Mexican for example.

I would definitely go for larger quantities and fewer choices - so 4 casseroles to choose from rather than 8 (for example).  huge platters overflowing with something delectable rather than lots of little bitty plates all with different things.

It depends a bit on what kind of seating arrangements you'll have (are we talking plates on knees or standing up, eat with a fork type stuff) and what kinds of plates you'll serve on and how you'll be washing up, too!

#17 ~elle~

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:28 PM

Our engagement party was late May out side in Mum and Dad's backyard. Approx 75 people.

We had about 5 crockpots going all with different dishes / curries/ chicken/ meats etc

A big basket of rolls, a large steamed (microwave) rice.

did have about 4 salads but they were barely touched.

Dessert table held a huge selection of cakes/ slices/ cheesecakes.Mum did the engagement cake.

We had another table for drinks in esky's / tray full of wine glasses / ordinary glasses etc.

Another table near the desserts with a borrowed Urn and tray of mugs, tea/ coffee/ hot chocolate/ jug of milk/ sugar/ teaspoons.

We had enough tables but we hired 80 chairs for the night.

It was great, dad built this thing that enclosed the big patio they had - so it was only open on one side and people could sit in the ajoining family room/ lounge/games room if they wanted.

Great night!!! Hardly any hot food leftover.

#18 noi'mnot

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:36 PM

This is making me SO hungry!

Personally, I'd gather together about 6 slowcookers and do three different dishes (one for every 2 slowcookers) - probably a beef and red wine, a chicken cacciatore and a vegie casserole. I'd have a gazillion bread rolls to go with. I'd also have a couple of massive foil trays of potato bake, and maybe a big dish of couscous.

I guess I don't have to decide what we'll be eating next week now, as I'm going to have to cook all of the above after thinking about them!

Enjoy OP, and let us know how you go!

#19 ~mimo~

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:56 PM

Lamb, rosemary and garlic pies

Ingredients (serves 8)

• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1kg diced lamb
• 1 red onion, thinly sliced
• 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
• 2 carrots, peeled, cubed
• 1/2 cup tomato paste
• 1/3 cup gravy powder
• 3 cups beef stock
• 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
• 2 tablespoons cornflour
• 4 sheets frozen ready-rolled puff pastry, partially thawed
• 1 egg, lightly beaten

Method
1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add half the lamb. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and remaining lamb.
2. Heat remaining oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until soft. Add carrots. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until browned. Add tomato paste and gravy powder. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
3. Return lamb to pan. Add stock and worcestershire sauce. Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours or until lamb is tender. Stir in rosemary. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Combine cornflour and 2 tablespoons warm water. Add to lamb mixture. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cool.
5. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Lightly grease two 3cm-deep, 20cm (base) round glass or ceramic pie dishes. Line base and sides of each dish with 1 sheet of pastry, trimming excess. Place each dish on a baking tray. Line pastry cases with baking paper. Fill with uncooked rice or ceramic pie weights. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove baking paper and rice or weights. 6. Divide lamb mixture between pastry cases. Place remaining pastry sheets over filling. Trim. Press edges together with a fork to seal. Prick top of pastry with a fork. Brush with egg.
7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until pastry is golden. Remove from oven. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes
• Stand all pies for 5 to 10 minutes before serving, as filling will be very hot. To freeze the lamb and rosemary pies, wrap in cling wrap then foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight before reheating. Nutrition data is per pie.

• I don't bother with pastry for the base, I just put pastry on top.


#20 OneProudMum

Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:49 PM

QUOTE (dogged @ 12/04/2012, 07:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
hi OPM

want kind of group are you catering for?  i.e. mix of adults and children / some elderly / some fussy eaters?  What kind of occasion?

For me it would depend on who I'm feeding and what kind of event, and how formal I wanted to be.
I like a themed buffet - so all Italian or all Mexican for example.

I would definitely go for larger quantities and fewer choices - so 4 casseroles to choose from rather than 8 (for example).  huge platters overflowing with something delectable rather than lots of little bitty plates all with different things.

It depends a bit on what kind of seating arrangements you'll have (are we talking plates on knees or standing up, eat with a fork type stuff) and what kinds of plates you'll serve on and how you'll be washing up, too!


Adults and children for a baptism. We've hired a hall so tables and chairs are provided.

QUOTE (~mimo~ @ 12/04/2012, 08:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lamb, rosemary and garlic pies

Ingredients (serves 8)

• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1kg diced lamb
• 1 red onion, thinly sliced
• 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
• 2 carrots, peeled, cubed
• 1/2 cup tomato paste
• 1/3 cup gravy powder
• 3 cups beef stock
• 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
• 2 tablespoons cornflour
• 4 sheets frozen ready-rolled puff pastry, partially thawed
• 1 egg, lightly beaten

Method
1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add half the lamb. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and remaining lamb.
2. Heat remaining oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until soft. Add carrots. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until browned. Add tomato paste and gravy powder. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
3. Return lamb to pan. Add stock and worcestershire sauce. Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours or until lamb is tender. Stir in rosemary. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Combine cornflour and 2 tablespoons warm water. Add to lamb mixture. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cool.
5. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Lightly grease two 3cm-deep, 20cm (base) round glass or ceramic pie dishes. Line base and sides of each dish with 1 sheet of pastry, trimming excess. Place each dish on a baking tray. Line pastry cases with baking paper. Fill with uncooked rice or ceramic pie weights. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove baking paper and rice or weights. 6. Divide lamb mixture between pastry cases. Place remaining pastry sheets over filling. Trim. Press edges together with a fork to seal. Prick top of pastry with a fork. Brush with egg.
7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until pastry is golden. Remove from oven. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes
• Stand all pies for 5 to 10 minutes before serving, as filling will be very hot. To freeze the lamb and rosemary pies, wrap in cling wrap then foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight before reheating. Nutrition data is per pie.

• I don't bother with pastry for the base, I just put pastry on top.


Yum! Thanks so much for taking the time to type it out. Much appreciated.

#21 ~mimo~

Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:39 PM

QUOTE (OneProudMum @ 13/04/2012, 08:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Adults and children for a baptism. We've hired a hall so tables and chairs are provided.



Yum! Thanks so much for taking the time to type it out. Much appreciated.

No worries, but it was just a C&P job. wink.gif

Enjoy the baptism. original.gif

#22 claptrap

Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:38 PM

Hi OPM

I'm guessing then that it's a lunch rather than evening meal?

The old classics plus a few basics like your pasta bake and the lamb pie would work well in that case.
Perhaps also home made sausage rolls - they'd go well with the children.  And some mini quiches - lorraine, and spinach/fetta.  The earlier suggestion of a pie warmer was a good one.  

I hope it all goes well for you!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Toddler pleads for return of "stolen" nose

A two-year-old's reaction to a game of "got your nose" shows it doesn't take much to make a toddler cry.

The 15 photos new parents share (and five they don't)

From the first scan photo to the baby covered in cake at their first birthday party, there are 15 photos most parents seem to share - and some they don't.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Breastfeeding friendly café goes viral

A photo of a breastfeeding-friendly sign in a cafe has been posted to Facebook and shared by hundreds of mums around the world.

First look at the Bugaboo Bee3

The newest Bugaboo Bee ? the Bee3 ? offers a variety of improved features, including a much asked-for bassinet and a rainbow of colour combinations.

Childcare costs, not paid leave, the real issue for parents

Given the choice between maintaining their wage for six months to have a child, or having a reduced rate of pay for a time but a better deal on childcare when returning to work, there are no odds on what most working parents would choose.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

We lost three babies in two years

Our first pregnancy ended the way we all expected it to - with a healthy, happy baby in our arms. What a true blessing he was, for we were not to know the heartache we were about endure.

Family turned back from doomed flight MH17

'There must have been someone watching over us and saying, 'You must not get on that flight,' says mother who narrowly avoided boarding the Malaysian Airlines flight which exploded in mid-air over the Ukraine last night.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Adorable Skeanie loafers for kids

Your little toddler or preschooler can now get their nautical on with a new range of classic loafers by Australian show brand Skeanie.

My baby is hypermobile

For months, I have been telling myself not to worry that Jasmin isn't crawling or walking. This week I heard the term hypermobile for the first time.

When you don?t bond with your baby

They say that there is no bond greater than the bond between a mother and her child. But for some women, the mother-baby bond takes more time and effort to develop.

Yumi Stynes: Having a baby after a 10-year break

After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.

Grieving father asks for help to Photoshop his daughter's image

When Nathan Steffel's daughter Sophia died from a liver condition at just 6 weeks old, he reached out for someone to create a beautiful image of his little girl.

Raising kids in a 'low media' home

Can you imagine a life without TV or computers? Some parents are opting for a low-tech, screen-free life for their kids.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)

Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.