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Navy Retirement Party Refreshments for 50

My husband is retiring from the Navy in August. They pay for the ceremony and invitations, but we have to provide the refreshments. We are on a budget. Do you have any good ideas that are easy to fix or buy, that would feed about 50 people? Thank you.

Sherry from Silverdale, WA

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January 12, 20080 found this helpful

first let me say congratulations to you both! my husband retired from the navy 13 years ago and afterwards the years to follow will be some of the best years of your lives spent together, cherrish it well. My suggestion would be to look at Sams Wholesale Club if you have one in or near your area. They offer wonderful, hard to find Bulk size appeatizers in the freezer section, and most will feed 40-50 people lots are easy to just heat up or cook breifly then transport them in the large aluminum trays like you see in your grocerie store (they will carry these as well) and a fruit tray with mixed fruits with various dips for choice are always nice and easy to fix. good luck & God Bless

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January 12, 20080 found this helpful

Congratulations to your sailor boy! You, too. As they say around Norfolk, the toughest job in the navy is being a sailor's wife. Many grocery stores have party platters: cookie trays, little sandwiches, cold cuts, etc.... Shop in an area frequented by sailors and their dependents, with a Navy ID you can often get a discount(at least you can in the Norfolk area). Good luck on your new life!

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January 12, 20080 found this helpful

Congratulations to both you and your husband! Now to get to the main point of my post. If you have the time and enjoy doing some of the work yourself. You can make a large vegetable party platter much cheaper than ordering one from a deli. Vegetables that would work well on a vegetable party platter would be brocolli, cauliflower, baby carrots, celery, green/red/yellow peppers, cucumbers, green & black olives, fresh mushrooms, grape or cherry tomatoes, etc.

Also you could make your own fresh fruit platter with dip. Finger foods are a big hit at any party, and as I mentioned if you do most of the work yourself there is a big savings. - Planning Party Platters - Retirement Party Ideas

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January 13, 20080 found this helpful

Congrats!! First we had a big party 2 summers ago and I went to Pedro's Mexican Rest they sold me a huge bag of chips and salsa cheap and you can make guacamole and other mex dips pretty chip if you buy in bulk take a big thing of velvetta and add a can of rotel and some hamburger cooked in a crock pot that goes a long way also take cream cheese and chilies bl olives red peppers ect and spread on solf shell tortillas those are a great hit. and good summer drink is beer lemonaid frozen and vodka sip and go nakeds they sound bad but are awesome.

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January 15, 20080 found this helpful

Do you have others to help with this party? That

would be great and there are many recipes you

and your helpers or friends can make ahead and

then just heat, and then there are the served cold

things too.

Here is a link you can copy and paste that has

many large group recipes


Congratulations and try to enjoy the party yourself too.

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