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It's basically a BBQ in our yard. We have about 30 people on the invite list- all family.
I don't want to do the usual stuff -burgers/dogs. I want to keep it easy for me on the day- don't mind lots of pre-cooking etc.
how about a big salad of greens, tomato, cucumber, olives, shredded cheddar or mozz. - Steak & Chicken Kabobs (can be cut & marinaded days before and then thrown on the grill the day of... Corn on the cob - a pasta salad
You HAVE to do a ladybug cake , I'm assuming the ladybug theme means you've probably already thought of that - there are tons of good recipes online if you google it, (saw one for ladybug cupcakes - cute!!), but here is a good simple one: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ladybug-cake-recipe/index.html.
Also, if you have a grill wok or vegetable grill pan - I make grilled vegetables all the time that get RAVE reviews, and they are ridiculously simple. I cut up red peppers, onions, yellow squash and zucchini in big chunks (you can do this a day ahead), then an hour or so before the grill, mix the veggies with half olive oil, half balsamic vinegar, and salt and seasoned pepper (or grill seasoning if you don't have seasoned pepper). Then just throw them on the grill wok, you can cook them as little or much as you like. People always DEVOUR these and they are so easy.
:ladybug" is one of the theme ideas I was thinking about for my daughter's birthday this year. Here's some ideas I saw online:
also, for the first bday last year, mid sumemr - i ordered deli platters of sandwiches. It was too hot to stand over a grill, and i wanted to enjoyt he party too. We did some salads - green mixed, potato, macaroni, cole slaw - and lots of chips, assorted drinks, cake and cookies for dessert. I think I also pre-made a huge pasta-veggie salad that day before.
have you ever seen "dirt" cakes? this could be cute too, with some ladybugs on top: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/dirt-cake-i/Photo-Gallery.aspx
did you want all food to be themed?
I don't think the boys would be into wearing antenna. There are NO other girls, but I just love the bug costume idea. Saving that idea for later!
I will check out the website for ideas.
I don't need ladybug themed food. I am just so bored with the same foods and I guess I am looking for some new ideas. Its actually going to be upwards of 45-50 people, but either way I don't mind grilling on the actual day.
Thanks for the ideas.
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