Dinner ideas for 20 to 25 people....?!

Question: Dinner ideas for 20 to 25 people!.!.!.!.!?
We are having a dinner sunday, and expecting 20 to 25 people in honor of my parent's anniversary!.

I was wondering what the easiest/best dinner idea would be for that many people!. I'm having a little trouble coming up with the food!

Thank you in advance! 10 points to the best idea/menu I choose!

Help me make my parent's anniversary special =)Www@FoodAQ@Com

a big italian meal! Pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, manicotti, sausages, and tiramisu for dessert!. everything is easy to make, too!:)Www@FoodAQ@Com

go to your local butcher and order roast beef!. they slice, cook and have it ready hot for you when you need it!. they charge by the pound!. they suggest 1-1!.5 lbs per person!. that leaves you to do all the sides!. make sure to have buns for the roast beef, and you can serve corn on the cob, (its in season and waaay easy to make!.!.!.just crack the cobs in half!. they fit better in the pan, and people might naturally eat less, so you don't have to make 30 cobs!. so, that's on your stovetop, in your oven you can make scalloped potatoes!. you can do from scratch, (harder) or you can pick up the betty crocker boxed ones (sooo good and sooo easy!.) make a bunch of boxes, and put them all together in a big corningwear pot in the oven!. ok!.!.!.meat, veg, carb!.!.!.salad! you can have a mixed salad, just prepare every ingredient before hand, and have them in separate containers or baggies in your fridge!. people can customize their own salad!.!.!.almost like a salad bar! now for dessert!.!.!.pie is obviously yum! and you can usually buy them pre-made in a bakery or grocery store!. you can also bake it again to warm it up before serving, so you can feel like you made it yourself! or, of course, just make it yourself! you could make frozen pie, and make it some time this week!. (here is an example of one i've made, and it's AWESOME!! http://www!.kraftcanada!.com/en/recipes/ch!.!.!. it would be done then, and you wouldn't have to worry about it last minute when you are trying to get everything else ready!. obviously, a cake decorated for their anniversary would be appropriate and yummy as well!
don't forget wine, beer, and non alcoholic bevvies for those not wishing to partake!.
have fun! enjoy! congratulations on your parents anniversary!!

I would assume that this would be more of an open house type of situation!.

I would do the sandwich spread type of thing with the meats and cheeses out so they can build their own sandwiches!.
cold cuts
veggie trays
potatoe salad
baked beans
Chicken cordon blu's (can bake them all at the same time)
Fried Rice
Scalloped Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Tossed Salads

Happy Anniversary to the folks

Whatever you make be sure it is some of their favorite foods!.

Good Luck
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If you have a Bj's or coscto wholesale store, you can get appetizer's in bulk and spend less!. That's what I do when I have a party!

They have mini quiches, breaded shrimp, scallops wrapped in bacon, egg rolls!.They have alot of differnent things to choose from!.
You can either do a BBQ and have steak, hamburgers and hot dogs, marinaded chicken on the grill or chicken cutlets,and do pasta salad, potatoe salad, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, green beans, salad with cucumbers and tomatoes!. This is all stuff that can be done ahead of time and some served cold!. Do BUFFET STYLE!

Do the appetizers, lasagna with garlic bread or breadsticks!. the Pillsbury ones are good! Chicken cutlets or veal cutlets!.
A roast with potoes and carrots!.
Green beans!.
A salad!. A red watermelon is good!.
Wine and soda!.
The cake at Bj's is real good!. They have cookies and other desserts there too!. The cheesecake is good!. You can ask the guests to bring a side dish or a dessert!. That's what we do!.
You can go to the dollar store and get decorations and dishes, and paper products!. And decorate with wedding stuff!. That would be cute!

GOOD LUCK and Have Fun!

How much are you willing to spend!?

Roast Beef/ Chicken and Gravy
Roasted Vegetables (Pumpkin, Potatoes, Sweet potato, Onion)
Garlic Cabbage (Just Garlic and Cabbage boiled together)
Cheesy Cauliflower and Broccoli (Brocolli and Cauliflower with melted cheese)

Mud cake and Ice-cream!.
Brown Brothers Wines

Cheesy Ravioli witha Creamy sauce
Fresh Salad
Steamed Vegies
Cold meats platter

Cheese-cake with Creme fresh/ ice-cream/ Cream
Fizzy drinks


how about go to some websites that offers variety of dishes and even a complete course!. http://www!.recipezaar!.com/sifter!.php well this site it really helps me a lot and why don't you try it and some recipes are easy to make and prepare too!. Hope it helps you!Www@FoodAQ@Com

Lasagna and a cheesy garlic bread!.!. Made great in large batches and you can easily start it off with a huge garden salad tossed in olive oil and vinegar!. Or, serve dressing on the side if you have a pickier crowd :)Www@FoodAQ@Com

Lasagna would be the easiest thing to make ahead, in large batches, and bake later to serve!.!.!.!.

Antipasto platter
Caprese Salad
Breadsticks (stand them up in large glasses to serve)
Tiramisu or zabaglioneWww@FoodAQ@Com

Barbecue -and ask guests to bring a side dish

My Very Best Pot Roast

Pot roast was a standard growing up, and still continues to be in my parent's household!. It requires slow cooking over low heat to ensure tender, flavorful meat!. Pot roasts typically use the tougher cuts of beef - a chuck roast or shoulder roast - which have the most flavor!. The slow cooking at low heat is what melts the tough connective tissue between the muscle fibers, leaving you with tender meat that flakes apart with your fork!. This is my mother's tried and true recipe for pot roast!. She only adds a half cup of liquid to the pot because she's able to keep the heat very low and her pot has a tight cover!.

A bottle of red wine, a couple of chuck roasts (inexpensive) a big bag of carrots, an onion and you've got one incredible meal they and you will remember for a long time!. It's definately a "I'm gonna make that again" recipe!.

3 1/2 lb of beef shoulder or boneless chuck roast
1 Tbsp olive or grapeseed oil
salt, pepper, italian seasoning to taste
1 large yellow onion, chopped or sliced
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
1/2 cup of red wine
Several carrots, peeled and cut lengthwise

1 Use a thick-bottomed covered pot, such as a dutch oven, just large enough to hold roast and vegetables!. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil on medium high heat (hot enough to sear the meat)!. Sprinkle and rub salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning all over the meat!. Brown roast in pot, all over, several minutes on each side!. Don't move the roast while a side is browning, or it won't brown well!.
2 When roast is browned, lift up the meat and add garlic and chopped onion to the bottom of the pan!. Let the roast sit on top of the onions!. Add 1/2 cup of red wine!. Cover!. Bring to simmer and then adjust the heat down to the lowest heat possible to maintain a low simmer when covered (we cook our roast on the warm setting of our electric range)*!.
3 Cook for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until meat is tender!. (If you are using a pressure cooker, cut the time by half)!. Near the end of the cooking, add carrots, cook until tender, about an additional 10 minutes!.

After cooking 3 1/2 hours, before adding the carrots!. Note how much liquid has been released by the meat!. This comes from slow cooking at a very low temperature!. If your pot roast is too dry, make sure the pan you are using has a tight fitting lid and that you are cooking at the lowest possible heat to maintain the low simmering!.

Serves 4 but easy to multiply!. I suggest serving it with green beans and potatoes

Chicken Broccoli and Ziti
Antipasto salad
Garlic bread
and ice box fruit cake for desert

Chicken Broccoli and Ziti

1 pound dry ziti pasta
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 pint heavy cream
1 (10!.75 ounce) can chicken broth
1 cube chicken bouillon
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 large heads broccoli, steamed
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts in water
6 breaded and fried skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, chopped

In a large pot of salted boiling water, place pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until pasta is al dente!. Drain!.
In a large skillet, saute garlic in butter over medium heat!. Stir in the heavy cream, chicken broth, and bouillon!. Add Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper!. Add cornstarch (adjust amount to thicken sauce to your liking)!. Simmer all together for about 20 minutes!.
Once sauce is cooked and thickens, add broccoli and artichoke hearts, stir all together and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes!. Once sauce is done, put cooked ziti pasta in a large bowl, pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat and mix!. Then add the chicken pieces and mix all together!. Serve!. Delicious!

Antipasto salad
6 1/4 cans (16 oz size) artichoke hearts, drained
3 1/8 cups kalamata olives, pitted
37 1/2 Roma tomatoes
0!.781 pound salami
18 3/4 ounces Feta cheese
12 1/2 tablespoons chiffonade of basil
18 3/4 sprigs fresh oregano
Olive oil
Kosher salt
Black Pepper


In a medium bowl, add artichoke hearts!. Roughly chop olives and add to bowl!.

Cut tomatoes in half horizontally and squeeze out seeds!. Cut the halves in quarters and add to bowl!. Cut pre-sliced salami rounds in quarters and add to bowl!. Crumble feta and add to bowl!. Add chiffonade of basil and leaves from the sprigs of oregano!.

Gently toss ingredients!.

Give a four count of olive oil and a healthy sprinkling of salt and pepper!. Taste and adjust as necessary

Chesse garlic bread

6 1/4 loaves French bread, unsliced
3 1/8 cups butter
12 1/2 garlic cloves, halved
2 1/8 tablespoons dried parsley
2 1/8 cups grated parmesan cheese
1Preheat oven to 375F degrees!.
2Cut slices down the length of bread loaf at 1 inch intervals, without cutting all the way through!.
3Rub slices and top of loaf with cut sides of garlic!.
4Mince garlic!.
5Combine butter, garlic, parsley and Parmesan!.
6Spread butter mixture between bread slices and on top of loaf!.
7Wrap bread in foil leaving top partially uncovered!.
8Bake until heated through, about 15 minutes!.

Ice Box fruit cake
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) butter
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup candied cherries
2/3 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons raisins
1 pkg!. (sleeve, or 1/3 of a standard box) graham crackers
Line cake pan with a large piece of foil!. Press carefully into pan as not to tear the foil!. Chop cherries!. Break graham crackers into small pieces in a bowl, add cherries!. In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips, butter, and milk; stir over low heat!. Add raisins and almonds to the cracker mixture!. Pour chocolate sauce over cracker mixture and mix well!. Spoon mixture into cake pan and press more cherries on top!. Cover cake with foil and press down firmly!. Put cake in refrigerator to chill for 2 to 3 hours!. Lift out of pan and remove foil!. Store cake in refrigerator!.


Spaghetti and Meatballs or breakfast cereals!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

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