Planning a picnic... for fifty?!

Hello friends,

A few times a year we host a celebration dinner for the World Traveler's work team.  The planning done, now it's time to execute said plan, in two days!

We are expecting close to fifty friends and coworkers to join us for a picnic themed evening, which will include a 'second annual' rib competition - two men, dozens of ribs, bragging rights.

Follow me on Instagram, and you will see that I have started the food prep (no caterers, rather a meal from the heart).   Tables and Charcoal grilling stations rented, $500 of meat purchased, fifty pounds of ribs smoked, and food prep begins today.  One more visit to the market to purchase the produce, and we will be ready to start cooking/baking.  

THEME

Every party needs a theme right?  This was fairly easy decision after shifting from heavy appetizers to a rib competition, it's summer... let's have a picnic, simplified. Red and white! We have paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling, gingham linens, white and recycled color paper products/utensils. Mix in some music, wine... it will be a fun night.

I read Handmade Gatherings a few months ago and am using this book to guide our dinner party. Reading Ashley English's approach to party planning has me relaxed, open to accepting help, and enjoying every moment.  confession: I have a mad crush on her chicken coop, and property.

Next week I will share a few tips for attending a party/gathering. After hosting several of socials, I can share a few thoughtful gifts/unexpected contributions that create extra work/stress for the hostess. There are tips for attending a gathering under ten, over ten. Catered vs not catered.

If you are planning a picnic/BBQ this summer, feel free to use any/all of our menu.  It's simple, well thought out, allowing us to bake in advance and enjoy everyone Friday evening. 

THE MENU

Small bites

Cheese & Crackers

Asian Dip & Wantons

Dinner

BBQ Ribs

Smoked Salmon

PB&J Squares

Mushroom Lemon Quinoa Rocket Salad

Roasted Red Potatoes with Chimichurri Sauce

Watermelon

Baked Beans

Dessert

Pear Walnut Tart - a sampling of sweets from Nell

Beverages

Fizzy Blueberry Mint Lemonade - Strawberry Coconut Water - Beer & Wine