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01 August 2012 @ 09:12 am
Food for adults-only pool party?  
I'm in charge of planning our neighborhood's adults-only pool party, which will be this Saturday from 8-11 p.m.

I have a few hundred bucks for food purchases.

What would you buy? Keeping in mind the following:
-I don't want to cook anything. Last year I did taquitos and they were a pain in the ass to bake and transport.
-I will be going to Costco but if I have to go elsewhere, I could.
-I will be buying most everything on Saturday due to lack of fridge space.
-I would rather not haul out too many of my own personal containers, etc.
-There are probably 75 people there, who will be drinking beer and sangria. There's also a DJ, pool volleyball, etc.
-People will have eaten dinner.

I'm thinking maybe things like cookies or mini cupcakes, a bowl of candy, chips and salsa, veggie tray, hummus/pita.. but would love some ideas in case I'm missing something huge.

Thanks :)
Sarcasticia Nitpickerson: kittenstisiphone on August 1st, 2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
Fruit salad, brownie trays, and watermelon come to mind. Relatively cheap and very easy to prep in bulk (or buy from Costco :)
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mahasinmahasin on August 1st, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
Cheese and crackers, guacamole (because I love avocados) maybe a pre-made spinach artichoke dip?
KBR: pic#117985652gezellig_girl on August 1st, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
One of those trays of sliced deli meats and cheeses Costco has? I don't know that you can assume everyone will have eaten by then and/or won't get hungry after swimming.
Merrow: aquariumlondonbard on August 1st, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
I was also going to go for adding fruit choices.
couchtiger: tiger on your couchcouchtiger on August 1st, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'd do some filling dips. A vat of guacamole, and a peanut butter dip (blend equal parts peanut butter and vanilla yogurt, serve with fruit, celery, and graham crackers). Pool and volleyball makes people hungry and salsa doesn't always cut it.
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m0rbidm00n: school1m0rbidm00n on August 1st, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
I think this is one of those recipes that probably tastes better than it sounds. Have you tried these?
was there a second of time i looked around?: ga dancekisstheground on August 1st, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
oh holy crap yes. so so good.
njlorelei: grapesnjlorelei on August 1st, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
Get a lot of snack items and dips, easy for people to grab and go and good for munching while drinking. Some fruit, veggies, cheese. At least one or two dessert items - cookies, brownies, mini cupcakes. Then at Costco check out their party platter stuff - they have salads, wraps, mini sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, etc. Grab a couple platters of more substantial items and you should be good to go!
Miškamschaos on August 1st, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
I prefer savory stuff so perhaps some cold cuts and cheese for folks to nibble on as well as seasoned nuts and olives.

get some brie, a blue cheese and maybe a cheddar

cheese and meats and nuts (fat and protein in general) helps keep the balance of the booze too. things like fruit, with all the sugar, can help folks get more drunk and makes for a mean hangover.

not saying don't have some, but mix it up

then also chips and dips are good to have as well
Maria: oliviathesparklegirl on August 1st, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Chips and salsa
Maybe some of their bagged veggies: carrots, grape tomatos, broccoli with Costco's artichoke dip. Yum.
m0rbidm00n: school1m0rbidm00n on August 1st, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
Costco's artichoke dip is BOMB, especially their artichoke-parmesan dip.
lapenn: book teaselapenn on August 2nd, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
Nthing all the comments for something more savory or substantial. I get munchy at parties and really appreciate protein stuff to keep me a little more full.
michaela: mouthfullokayprettygood on August 5th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
I know you said chips and salsa already, but a variety of salsas is always fun! Regular, salsa verde, mango/fruit, black bean and corn, roasted veggie, etc. Even if you don't want to make your own, WHolly Guacamole has a bunch of different kinds (the avocado verde and red pepper mango ones are amaaaazing.)

For things like that, I tend to prefer to just get a variety of chips and crackers, a variety of veggies and fruits, and a variety of dips (salsas, some sour cream based, a couple of fruit dips like cream cheese and caramel, and maybe one cheesy dip). Everyone likes to dip things.
michaela: mouthfullokayprettygood on August 5th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
and with the crackers/dips, you can always add sliced cheese and sausage/pepperoni/deli meat, as well. :)