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Graduation Open House Invite ? Menu ? (Read 10044 times)
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Graduation Open House Invite ? Menu ?
Apr 18th, 2008, 1:06pm
 
I have 2 sons and they're both graduating this year; the older son from college and younger son from high school.  We are having an open house party on a Sunday night, 6:00 to 9:00.

Working on invitations, leaning towards putting RSVP - Regrets Only on the invitation.  

I would appreciate your thoughts and experiences with judging crowd size and how to plan about the right amount of food.  Best ideas for a menu for a party like this?  

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Re: Graduation Open House Invite ? Menu ?
Reply #1 - Apr 22nd, 2008, 10:28pm
 
When our son graduated we were in the same dilemma.  He was the senior class pres therefore he knew the whole senior class which meant many invites. We have a large yard so the party was outside.   Here is the party plan..We had a "Fiesta" Party Open House from 5:00 - 10:00. Yes, we did ask for RSVP'S His best friends and Family stayed for the whole time...and others varied their times so this menu worked well for drop ins..usually the kids came in groups and left with the same group.  I guess total number was about 150 (It was busy but successful)
 Allow 3 tacos per person:
Colors were Lime green, bright yellow, teal blue.
Taco bar was set up with:
Corn and flour tortillas, taco shells, tortilla shell salad bowls.  
Fillings:  Ground Beef mixture, Marinated grilled chicken pieces, marinated grilled halibut pieces. (I chopped and marinated everything in advance and then just kept the grill going.) Also, made the ground beef mixture the night before, reheated it and kept it warm.  we served about 150 people and it was quite reasonably priced..bought everything in large quantities at Costco.  
Condiments: Bowls of Salsa and Gaucomole, Chopped black olives, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, chopped green onions, shredded cheddar and monterey jack cheese, black beans and chopped fresh cilantro.  
Corn on the cob
Bowls of assorted tortilla chips - Chile con queso dip.
Dessert Bar..Congratulation cake
Large fruit Salad (strawberries, kiwi, melon balls, pineapple) Mix the same quantity of lime sherbert with mayo to make a dressing for the salad.
then I just added plates of my son's favorites, chocolate chip cookies, seven layer bars and brownies.
Assorted beverages

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Re: Graduation Open House Invite ? Menu ?
Reply #2 - Apr 23rd, 2008, 11:46pm
 
Many thanks, Jonanna!  I ordered invitations last night from an on-line vendor and went with RSVP (not regrets only).  Your taco menu is an outstanding idea!  Love it!  Thank goodness for Costco.
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Re: Graduation Open House Invite ? Menu ?
Reply #3 - Apr 24th, 2008, 4:53pm
 
Happy to help!  Enjoy the party and Congrats to your Grads.
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