Summer is a great time to plan a family reunion! Kids are on vacation from school, the weather is beautiful and everyone is in a festive mood. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the people you love most and bring everyone together from near and far; from those long lost great uncles and second cousins who have yet to meet your kids, to your sister and brother who live right down the street.
Like most large gatherings the food needs to take center stage, but it can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when bringing so many people together. What do you make to be sure there is something that everyone will like? Here at Paula’s Test Kitchen we have done half the work for you. We came up with some food themes to keep it fun and festive, as well as plenty of recipe ideas! Another great thing about doing a food themed party is that if you want to make it potluck it is easy to assign different dishes within the theme.
An all time classic summer meal is the BBQ. An easy way to feed a crowd that everyone loves! Try these recipes at your family reunion BBQ:
Grilled Vegetable Basket
Grilled Boneless Sirloin with Vidalia Onion Skewers
Grilled Southern Panzanella Salad
Grilled Corn and Watermelon Salad
The Lady’s Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese
Fresh Raspberry Bars
Who doesn’t love Italian? We can’t think of a better way to feed a crowd then with this Italian-style family reunion meal.
Sandwiches and Salads
Easy make ahead sandwiches makes this picnic menu the ultimate for feeding a crowd. The variety will be sure to keep everyone happy. So pack it up and head for the lake!
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Join Paula, Bobby and Jamie for a book signing at the Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah from 2 to 4 pm. Only 350 tickets will be given out starting 1 hour before the book signing. No cameras permitted; a professional photographer will be on site to take your photo.
Join Paula and family for a Party at Sea to the Eastern Caribbean (San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten - roundtrip from Miami) aboard the Celebrity Reflection presented by Alice Travel. Click here for more information, and please note that the Paula Deen cruise is only available by booking directly with Alice Travel. We are running out of space, so book as soon as possible!
Paula Deen is coming to Buffalo, NY to perform a live cooking show and let VIP ticket holders enjoy a delicious Southern feast with a menu created by Paula herself! Both events will be held at Samuel’s Grand Manner in Williamsville, NY which offers a refined elegance in a classically modern setting. The VIP lunch will be held at 12:00pm on February 8th and will go until approximately 2:00pm (doors will open at 11:30am). The lunch will include a hearty helping of Southern style cuisine which is personally selected by Paula, a Southern Cooking Bible cookbook, a photo op with Paula where she will also be signing autographs, a gift package, and preferred seating at that evenings cooking show! The cooking show will begin at 3:00pm on February 8th and run about 60 minutes long (doors will open at 2:15pm). Paula will be cooking up some of her favorite meals live for you at Samuel’s Grand Manor! Seating is unreserved and is “first come, first served”.
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Join Paula and family for a Party at Sea aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas to Labadee, Jamaica, and Cozumel (roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale) presented by Alice Travel. We will be having special, separate events for kids on this one with Jack Deen hosting the kids program! Click here for more information, and please note that the Paula Deen cruise is only available by booking directly with Alice Travel Book now before the prices start going up on the cruise and air!