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25/01/2013 at 10:48
It's E's birthday next Sunday. I want to invite people to our house, but our house isn't really big enough to have everyone there at the same time. So i'm thinking a drop in kind of thing and have an open house. But how do i do food in this situation? Also when would you cut the cake?
Any advice/tips from anyone that has done similar will be greatly appreciated. Also tips on making sure people don't think of it as an all day thing will be good, i don't want someone being there all day taking up room and then others just keep turning up as well. My mother and grandparents are likely to fall into this category.
25/01/2013 at 10:56
25/01/2013 at 11:31
Have you got a slow cooker? I'd do either a big vat of chilli or similar in that and let is sit and people can help themselves? Just serve it with French stick.
For other things, if you're doing sandwiches and the likes, just don't put them all out at the same time and top up as you get a wave of people coming in.
25/01/2013 at 11:36
Geordie Barbie - yes i've got a slow cooker. Thats a good plan, thanks. In fact i could borrow my mum's and perhaps have a curry and a chilli on the go.
Minniemouse - i think i'd probably find that people would stop from 12-3 if i did that. I want a flow of people.
I wish i'd have had my children when the weather was warmer, i've got a huge garden and a BBQ would work so much better.
25/01/2013 at 12:02
The chilli and curry idea sound great. As for cake I'd do a birthday cake with the first set of people at a time you choose then have cake ready for others as and when they arrive. My open house usually ends up with people staying all day too
25/01/2013 at 12:14
I'd just say any time after 12 say to everyone its an open house so feel free to drop by any time after 12 (or what ever time). I'd have a cold food buffet set up and I'd have a pot of stovies/chilli/curry on the go so that people can just help themselves. My drop ins usually turn into a ridiculously drunk night and we get the wii out and start bloomin dancing in the living room. My friend had an open house for her Los first birthday and our other friend was helped home at about 5pm as she was comstosed lol
25/01/2013 at 12:28
It also means you get a decent dinner!
As for cake, i'd try and do the big happy birthday sing song when the major people are there (grandparents, etc) and then slice it up to give to the later people
25/01/2013 at 12:50
Good tips, thanks ladies. I shall definately be getting the slow cookers out. Not sure i'll do much in a way of cold food though, i don't want it to get too dried up. I'll perhaps invite people from about half 12 and then just see how things go.
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