Party food... HELP please!

Posted 20th Sep 2010
Hiya all

My dad and I are planning a surprise party for my mum at the weekend and i'm starting to panic now...

I just wondered if anyone could give me some advice about when would be best to prepare the food as I have no idea about how long before the party I can cook things and then serve them cold during the party.

The main things I am worried about are the sausage rolls, chinese / indian selections, cold pasta/rice salads, etc. I was wanting to cook them maybe the night before/morning of the party but obv. i don't want anything to go off and i really have no idea about how to do it. Can I defrost/oven cook them, let them cool and then refrigerate them until just before hand? Will the pasta and rice still taste ok if cooked the day before?

Sorry if this is a stupid q. but i have never done this before and want it to be perfect

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I have had 3 christenings over the last few years. First time I did all thefood myself and spent a fortune on food and hours and hours in the kitchen. Thenkn the last 2 occasions I have ordered a take away. Currys for the one and fish and chips for the other. With curry just order a couple of types and get them to deliver in pots and if you have 30 peole just order 20 portions. They will normally give a discount and freebies. I have just order curry, rice, nan, popadoms etc for 57 people and it has cost me £214. I may then just put a couple of pizza and jacket potatos for those who don't like curry. I have also had fish and chips at z cost of £2 each. They were mini ones but big enough and just ordered some curry sauce and did bread and butter. Much, much easier and cheaper than making if yourself! They should also deliver
Just serve up crisps in a variety of flavours...........chicken,roast beef, cheese and onion etc etc

P.S. Leave them in their bags until about 10 mins before the party starts, open and pour into bowls.
if cooking from froozen i wouldnt leave to long do it in the morning if you cook from fresh the night before then refrigerate will be fine pasta will always be ok if cooked from fresh then fridged. rule is never buy fresh meat freeze then thaw then freeze then cook. but fresh then cook then freeze then thaw and warm in oven is fine for most things
Edited by: "nightstud" 21st Sep 2010
Go to one of the big supermarkets - they have lots of "party Food" in packs and things - saves a lot of time cooking...... xoxoxox
my mum does buffets alot for people and she normally cooks things the night before and does the butties on the day so they stay fresh, it depends how much time you have before the party, you could always cook some things on the day if your not going to be to busy, but things shouldnt go off, just make sure you cover them up in the fridge.
Rice can do some funky and nasty things if left at room temp for a day [even overnight]. If you want a rice salad make it as close to the time as possible. other than that... big bags & boxes of party foods from the Supers...
thanks for all your suggestions they are really helpful i'm going to try and do most of it the night before but leave the cooking until just before the party starts

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