Usually when we host a party in our home, we have about 25 to 30 guests – my small side of the family and my husband’s siblings who live locally and their families. This year for my second grade son’s First Communion, we invited almost 60 people, and expect to host around 40 to 45. The last time we hosted a similar larger number, we didn’t plan well for cooking and warming the larger amount of food.
About 2 weeks ago, I started preparing food ahead of time and freezing it. Because we’re a larger family (7 people) with a large garden and extensive fruit vines and trees in our yard, we have 2 20 cubit foot freezers in our basement. Since we’re finishing up last year’s harvest, one freezer was cleaned out and shut down. I used the available freezer to store the party food, and I’ve been adding more food and bags of ice as I work through my party prep lists for the 2 weeks before the party.
When I first planned the menu, I wasn’t sure what the weather would be like for May 5th in the Philadelphia area. Some years, it’s pretty warm, and others, cool. This year, the weather has been warmer than normal, though we’re in a bit of a cold snap right now. Seven days out, the high for the day will be a nice 76 degrees which means I won’t need to worry too much about the food getting hot or my guests getting hot. I’m hopeful the menu will work well, especially the buttercream icing on the 1st Communion cake.
First Communion Party Menu
veggie platter with dip
artichoke dip, crackers
guacamole dip, tortilla chips
Chicken salad sandwiches
Corned Beef sandwiches with Swiss cheese and Russian dressing
Green Salad with dressing
Thomas birthday cake
Almond tea cakes
mac and cheese
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