Crowd-Pleasing Meals for 25+ | Our Vacation Menu Plan for 31 People

Near completion of July, we took a trip to Bull Shoals Lake near Mountain Home, Arkansas for our yearly prolonged household trip at the lake with my side of the household. We’ve done this every year for twenty years!

We all remain in little specific cabins, however then we consume our meals entirely and invest a great deal of time together in the bigger home that my moms and dads remain in.

In addition to costs great deals of time snowboarding, boating, swimming, and hanging out, we consumed a great deal of delicious meals. In order to feed 31 individuals without it being excessive work, we stuck to low-cost meals for big groups and we likewise all pitched in and aided with the food.

How We Planned and Divvied Things Up

My sis prepared the menu with simple meals that would feed a crowd and sent a sign-up type utilizing Perfect Potluck (it’s totally free therefore simple to utilize!). Each household registered for the main courses and side meals they wished to supervise of.

Whatever meals or parts of meals you registered for, you supervised of bringing the components for and cooking/baking.

Here were the meals we had…

Be sure to likewise have a look at these Recipes for a Crowd of People on Vacation and these Cheap Meals for Large Groups and Easy Meals for 20+ People.

What We Made for Breakfast

  • Cinnamon Sugar Bagels, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Orange Juice
  • Baked Oatmeal, Sausage, Orange Juice
  • French Toast, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Orange Juice
  • Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Orange Juice

What We Made for Lunch

For lunch, we had a big Build-Your-Own Salad Bar (most all of my household likes salads!). We likewise had bread and meat/cheese and peanut butter/jelly/honey for sandwiches for the kids and any grownups who didn’t simply desire a salad. In addition, we set out any leftovers from breakfast or supper.

Having a Build-Your-Own Salad Bar is such a simple meal concept for 25+ individuals — and penny-wise, too! All the components can be extended an actually long method, given that you’re just utilizing a bit of each component on your salad.

Build-Your-Own Salad Bar Ingredient Ideas:  A range of Greens and Lettuce, Canned Tuna/Salmon, Boiled Eggs, Raisins, Carrots, Celery, Seeds/Nuts, Feta Cheese, Avocados, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Chickpeas, Cherry Tomatoes, Dressings

What We Made for Dinner

If you’re searching for some actually simple dishes for big groups, here’s what we produced the suppers:

  • Spaghetti, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Tossed Salad, Fruit
  • Build-Your-Own Haystacks, Homemade Guacamole, Rice
  • Grilled Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, French Fries, Tossed Salad, Biscuits, Watermelon
  • Hamburgers/Hot Dogs, Tater Tots, Corn on the Cob, Steamed Veggies
  • Papa John’s Pizza, Breadsticks + remaining salad and fruit

What other concepts of simple meals for 20+ individuals or simple dishes for big groups do you have? I’d enjoy to hear!


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