Our Vacation Menu Plan for 31 People {Cheap and Easy Meal Ideas}

As we’ve provided for the previous 21 years, at the very end of July, we took a trip to Bull Shoals Lake near Mountain Home, Arkansas for our yearly prolonged household holiday at the lake with my side of the household.

We all remain in little private 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.

During the week, we invest a great deal of time water-skiing, boating, tubing, swimming, and hanging out. And, obviously, we consume a great deal of scrumptious meals.

In order to feed 31 individuals without it being excessive work, we have low-cost and easy meals that work well for a big group and all of us pitch in and assist with bringing and making the food.

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

Whatever meals or parts of meals you register for, you are accountable for bringing the components for and cooking/baking.

Here were the meals we had on this holiday

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 and Crowd-Pleasing Meals for 25+.

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What We Made for Breakfast

  • Pancakes, fruit, bacon, eggs, orange juice
  • Baked Oatmeal, sausage, orange juice
  • French Toast, bacon, rushed eggs, orange juice
  • Cinnamon Sugar Bagels (bagels toasted with butter and sprayed with cinnamon sugar), sausage, fried eggs, orange juice
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What We Made for Lunch

For lunch, we had a substantial Build-Your-Own Salad Bar every day (the majority of my household enjoys 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 a big group — and prudent, too! All the components can be extended a long method, considering that you’re just utilizing a bit of each active ingredient on your salad.

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

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What We Made for Dinner

If you’re trying to find some truly simple dishes for big groups, here’s what we produced the suppers:

  • Spaghetti, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Green Salad, Fruit
  • Grilled Chicken, Steamed Veggies, Mashed Potatoes, Fruit, Homemade Rolls
  • Papa John’s Pizza, Breadsticks, Soda Pop
  • Hamburgers/Hot Dogs, French Fries, Corn on the Cob, Watermelon, Baked Beans, Steamed Peas
  • Build-Your-Own Tacos/Burritos, Rice, Refried Beans, Fruit
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What other concepts for simple meals for 20+ individuals or simple dishes for big groups do you have? I’d like to hear!


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