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Spring Gathering for a Crowd

A shower event, a prom party, a graduation, a farewell or just a friendly get-together demands lots of good food. Follow this make-ahead menu planned for 20 people, and you'll be able to enjoy the party, too!

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That Special Someone

  • For a special loved one who is moving or for a celebrated individual, place a photo in a 6-inch or wider mat. Have party attendees autograph the mat and send well wishes. After the party, frame the matted photo for a lifetime keepsake.

  • Place disposable cameras about the party scene. Guests can capture the moments for you to later compile in a memory book for the star of the party.

  • Request guests bring a written memory of the honored individual to be shared with everyone at a planned time. This can replace gifts.

Serve with Style

  • Buffet service frees the host. Consider using several small tables for a cozier feel. Group desserts on one table, beverages on another.

  • Hire high school or college students to serve appetizers for a special touch, or just have them replenish the tables and free yourself to mingle.

Decorations

  • Choose a color scheme that fits your party. Check out party stores for paper supplies or linen outlets for less-expensive table linens. Buy inexpensive rubber stamps, and stamp linens or paper if you can't find ready-made themed ware.

  • Scatter candles throughout the party area, or string fun lights to match the decor.

  • Make a flag to hang outside your home to represent the event. Use colored felts and a wooden dowel found at craft stores.

Menu

Nestled on a buttery cracker crust, cream cheese takes on the flavor of savory ingredients in this elegant party “dip.”
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Party with portabellas! You'll love them because they can be made ahead; party goers will find them delicious.
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A quick and easy batter becomes a batch of golden brown “dippers” that are heavenly when served with warm marinara sauce.
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A touch of pesto brings deviled eggs to a whole new level!
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If you can boil water, you can make these elegant individual appetizers!
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Easy to make, this recipe makes plenty--enough to quench the thirst of a large gathering of friends and family!
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Have a big party coming up? Keep dessert simple by serving this eye-catching platter of fresh fruit and a sour cream dip.
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If you think cheesecake is tops, wait until you try this smooth and elegant dessert.
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These dainty treats showcase a fudgy filling nestled in a tender cream-cheese crust.
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