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Hi everyone! I'm having a party for my husband, who will receive his masters degree in May. I want to do easy appetizers, dips, finger foods. They can be hot or cold appetizers. We are expecting 40-50 people. Thanks!

Are you just doing appetizer type things, or actually serving a meal? That makes a difference in how much you need to make and if you just need some munchies or a more substantial meal.

I made those little cocktail weiners wrapped in bacon & baked with brown sugar over them that someone had the recipe for one here and took them to a superbowl party. They were a HUGE hit!! But they are fairly time consuming to make. But you could probably roll them and put them in the
dish(es) the day before and just bake them the day of the party. I also made those pinwheels you make with tortillas and cream cheese, etc. Those were also a hit, and it makes alot. I always do assorted fruits with one of those tubs of fruit cream cheese dip and a veggie tray with one of those tubs of ranch dip. Easy & satisfies your healthy eaters and can be made to look pretty too. I'm sure you'll get lots more yummy ideas from the ladies here. HTH tongue.gif

With that many people I would stick to things like meat and cheese platters, and veggie platters for the most part. Perhaps some cheese fondue and various breads? Meatballs are easy and everyone loves them. I usually do hotwings, but unless you have a large deep fryer it would take a forever to make enough. Salads are good, and you make make them a day or two in advance. Perhaps a pasta or macaroni salad. I have awsome recipes for both. If you'd like them just PM me. I also have a recipe for spinach stuffed mushrooms that everyone seems to rave over. It's not too difficult, and you can stuff them the day before and stick them in the fridge till your ready to bake them.

Just remember that your celebrating with your husband. Try to keep it simple so you can enjoy yourself. I have the worse habbit of inviting people over, and spending the whole time cooking and serving. I forget to just enjoy everyone.

These are alway a hit and not too hard....makes a lot...

Ham Roll Ups
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion (I use green onion)
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream (I substitute 8 oz green onion dip)
2 pounds cooked ham, thinly sliced (you don't want it super thin....I cheat and use Hillshire Farms Deli select which is a good thickness and you don't need toothpicks)

In a medium bowl, blend the cream cheese, horseradish, onion and sour cream. Spread the mixture onto the ham slices. Tightly roll the slices and secure with toothpicks.

Spinach dip

Here's another filling dip that's good with tortilla chips
Monteray Jack Salsa---

My parents make something like this with a sweet gerkin pickle in the middle and they are to die for!!

I always make swedish meatballs (not really swedish)-
I'll cheat and buy frozen meatballs if I don't prepare in advance and make them ahead and freeze them but you just add duck sauce and bbq sauce and throw them in the crock pot!!

If lazy I'll go to Sam's and buy prepared hot ones also.

I usually have a large Memorial Day Picnic and make this:

veg and dip
fruit and dip
taco dip w/nachos
macaroni salad
potato salad
marinated tomatoes and onions
burgers and dogs and bbq chicken strips

And then I get a few friends and my parents to bring a few more appetizers and salads.

I make bar cookies and brownies (easier time-wise to make) and jello shots for dessert. I have ice pops for kids and always lots of activities for the kids like chalk, coloring, bubbles, tons of balls to kick around, frisbee, etc.

I have a small styrofoam cooler labeled water and juice for kids
A large cooler of soda
keg of beer


Spinach balls would be an easy thing to make. You would probably have to double or triple the recipe but the recipe I have you make them up and put them in the fridge overnight and bake before serving.

From I found a Reuben Dip you make in the crockpot. Or Spinach/Artichoke Dip. I have a couple really good taco/taco salad type recipes;one is served hot one served cold. Something else that is easy to make and probably could be made or at least part way assembled ahead of time.

I also make Drunk Dogs. Which are just the 'lil smokies with a sauce of ketchup, whiskey and brown sugar simmered for I think 45min. They are so good.

Pretzel jello salad I just love but have never made it so not sure how time consuming/easy it is.

Fresh Fruit Dip

1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
3/4 C brown sugar
1C sour cream
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon extract
½ tsp cinnamon
1 C cold milk
1 pkg instant vanilla pudding
fresh fruit

In mixing bowl beat on medium speed: cream cheese and brown sugar for 2min or until smooth. Add sour cream, vanilla, lemon, cinnamon, milk and pudding mix, beating for 1min, or until well combined. Cover and chill for 1hr.

makes 3 1/2C
Fruit and dip might be good since you are having this in May

I also have a recipe for Vegetable Pizza. You bake two pkg's of Crescent rolls and then top with Hidden Valley ranch pkg mixed with milk and cream cheese then topped with cheddar cheese, green onions, broccoli florets and shredded carrots. Very good and you make it in a cookie sheet so it is a lot.

That's all I can think of right now.

The first thing I would advise you to do is to get help from friends, family to assist and perhaps contribute some recipes and goodies. Here are a couple of quick easy recipes that may help. These recipes have been a hit with both men and women.

Fruit Dip
1 large can fruit cocktail
3 cooked pieces of bacon, crumbled
2-3 green onions chopped
1 block cream cheese, softened

Mix all the ingredients together, chill. Serve with Triscuit crackers or any other of your choosing.

Beef Rolls
Dried beef
green onions
cream cheese
(the amount depends on the size of the dried beef packet)

Unroll the dried beef, spread cream cheese on it, place a green onion on the beef and roll. Very nice.