I have this really strong urge to party plan and feed people. This urge comes on way too often so I love to look for an “excuse” to party. I love to have my house be the lively house! Since LLS urges teams to have a kickoff party.. I jumped at the chance this year! To celebrate our 5th year fundraising, I invited our nearest and dearest over for lunch.
Ready for some lunch party menu inspiration? I’d love to share it with you! This particular lunch featured small sandwiches, lots of food that happened to be from ALDI, and $20 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables from my favorite farmer’s market (PS – $20 bought me 5 (FIVE) bags of awesome produce).
Gouda and Havarti cheeses with crackers
Chips, Pretzels, and Tortilla Chips with dips and salsa
We made tiny sandwiches with King’s Hawaiian rolls (3 packages of 24!)
Fancy Chicken Salad (with almonds and craisins)
Ham and Swiss
Italian (Ham, Provolone, Capicola, and Salami)
Turkey and Cheddar
We served our sandwiches with a selection of lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, olives, peppers, and pickles.
Fruit Salad (green grapes, strawberries, cantleope, pineapple)
Potato and Egg Salad
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Sauerkraut and Kielbasa
I made my cookie bars for dessert – I did something a little special with them that I’ll show you some other time 😉 We also really love ALDI’s mini eclairs for party desserts… oh man. Delicious!
To drink we served lemonade, unsweetened iced tea, moscato punch, and sodas.
One of my best tips when planning a party of any kind is to do the prep work! I loved being able to spend time with my friends instead of man the kitchen. I’m lucky because Mike always steps in in the kitchen when needed… but I really felt great about the spread we were able to put out for our guests. I also had a lot of help from my brother before the party to keep the kitchen clean while we prepped… it takes a village, I tell ya!
I was able to keep costs down on this party by serving lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Do the chopping yourself! The giant fruit salad I made could have easily set me back $30+ pre-cut at a supermarket. The chicken salad I made involved using a whole chicken we threw in the crockpot two days before the party. I was able to make TONS of sandwiches with a $6 chicken instead of spending more money at the deli counter. I was also able to give my guests variety!