Now, I will be making a meal for about 15-20 people for the first time at the end of May. We are hosting a buffet-style brunch for my son's baptism and, being from an Italian family, it is crucial that I follow tradition and provide far more food than my guests can possibly eat. The catch? Everything needs to be able to be prepared in advance and it needs to be able to withstand the heat since we will be hosting brunch on our apartment's roof deck.
So, I need some help. I need:
- Cookie Recipes. You know, those kinds of cookie recipes that produce elegant looking cookies that also happen to either freeze well once they are baked or is made from a dough that freezes well. I will need to be doing much of the work in advance.
- Cupcake Recipes. I am thinking of making a coconut cupcake with a vanilla buttercream icing, though I am open to other suggestions. That said, I don't have a recipe for coconut cupcakes. I want to make the cupcakes in advance and freeze them so that I can just ice them the day before. As for decorating them, I am going to get plain brown cupcake liners and decorate them like this.
- Salads and Mains. Especially true if you have any great gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian recipes. At least one guest has all of these dietary restrictions.
Just for fun, here is my tentative menu:
Spinach & Egg Strata
Gluten free bread
Spreads (peanut butter, cream cheese, jam, butter)
Cheese Platter (including goat cheese & gluten free crackers)
Pesto Tortellini Salad
String beans & tomato salad
Quinoa & vegetable salad
Cupcakes (to be determined)
Biscotti (almond & chocolate)
Either cocoa sables or world peace cookies
White truffle boxes filled with blue and brown Jordan almonds and tied with blue and brown ribbon.
If you have any recipes, suggestions, or advice, please leave a note in the comments or shoot me an email. Any help would be very appreciated.