I want to plan a reunion. Everyone is within 50 miles of the reunion site. What are some ideas on food? Should I do burgers and have everyone bring sides and drinks or would it be easier for everyone to bring a covered dish.
By sheila from Atlanta, GA
We have a family reunion every year. Sometimes we figure out how many buckets of Kentucky Fried chicken we need and have every family kick in so much for the chicken or pay for it ourselves. That way I'm not spending all my time cooking instead of entertaining. I tell each family to bring 2 liter bottles of soda, whatever their family will drink.
I furnish a gallon jug of sweetened tea, a jug of unsweetened and a big pot of coffee. I make up a menu and assign each family a dish to bring. That way you won't have 3 people bringing mac and cheese or testing out a weird new recipe. If there are more families than side dishes and desserts needed, I have them bring paper plates, cups, napkins, etc.
If you don't want to do KFC, barbeque pork steaks in a big cooker is easy to do. Burgers off the grill are fine, too. If you do barbeque, be sure you include a couple packages of hot dogs. (04/27/2009)
I'm planning a reunion this summer at a site that's central to everyone. Each family is responsible for bringing their own food, paper goods, etc. I'm also going to recommend that they bring balls and other outdoor games. This way no one person has to provide anything for the whole group. Each family knows what they like to eat and drink, and we can all just relax and visit. (05/03/2009)
By Judith Ardis
Great ideas all, but just in case there are vegetarians or vegans in the crowd, someone might want to consider some sort of meat-free dish. Whether that's a classic veggie tray with a couple of dips, a fruit tray or whatever, vegans and vegetarians like to eat, too, lol! (05/06/2009)
If you decided not to do burgers or grilling, you could get a spiral cut (cooked) ham or turkey, deli beef, tuna salad or chicken salad and do sandwiches. Someone taught me a while ago that instead of getting regular full sized bread to get rolls from the bakery. Then, the fixin's will last longer because the sandwiches are smaller. This works if you are having everyone bring something, too.
Make sure you get the pot-luck part of it organized. You could end up like we did at my 10 year class reunion, lots fried chicken and deviled eggs and nothing else. Ask folks what they would want to bring, put a sign up on the internet or assign a type of item (ie. salad, chips, etc) to folks whose last name starts with A-K...or something like that.
And, it's no big deal that everyone in your class lives within 50 miles of each other. My entire class, with the exception of 4 of us, live within 20 miles of each other (maybe less). (05/13/2009)
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