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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