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“the classic” menu

For this shopping trip, I headed over to Trader Joe’s. I made a quick list beforehand, but am always on the lookout for items that I know my friends will enjoy. This menu is based on 15 people.

FOOD
Meats, cheeses, bread board (1 package of each)
Meats: Pepper Crusted Salami, Prosciutto
Cheeses: Brie, Italian truffle cheese, herb crusted goat cheese, and Chevre Goat Cheese with Kalamata Olives
Bread: French baguette

Crackers and dips (1 package of each)
Crackers: pita crackers, water biscuits
Dips: garlic hummus, spinach and kale Greek yogurt dip (this was a big hit)

Fun bites
Caprese bites
12 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
4 basil leafs, sliced
12 fresh boccacini mozzarella balls, sliced in half
Pinch of salt
24 toothpicks
assemble mozzarella, basil, tomato on a toothpick.

mac and cheese bites (click for recipe)
1 package frozen Mac and cheese
7 Campari tomatoes, sliced in half and scoop out the seeds

DESSERT & SIDE SNACKS
1 bag of M&M’s
1 bag of jelly beans
1 bag of mixed nuts
1 bag of olive-oil popcorn
1 package of sugar snap peas

oreo dessert bar (click for recipe)
1 package of Oreos
1/2 gallon of milk

DRINKS
I estimated 1.5 drinks per person for each item to calculate my beverage needs.
4 bottles of white wine
3 bottles of red wine (it is spring, so people are starting to drink white over red)
24 pack of beer

pomegranate limeade spritzer (click for recipe)
2 bottles of vodka
1 bottle of Trader Joe’s pomegranate limeade juice
1 bottle of seltzer

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