How To Plan Meals For Your Family Reunion

If you're hosting your family's next reunion, you may be a little bit stressed about what to serve your guests. After all, pleasing many people can be a challenge. By remembering to add variety to your meals, you're sure to be everybody's hero. Start by dividing the meals into the categories of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. It's good, too, to find out ahead of time if anybody has special dietary needs. 

Unless you've designated an exact time that breakfast will be available, this meal can be a tricky one. You may have very early risers or you may have slowpokes. For those early risers, it's smart to just set food out the night before so it will be ready right when they walk in the dining area. After all, you may not want to get up at the crack of dawn to join those early morning joggers! Set out cereals, specialty breads and a bowl of fruit. For those who want a hot breakfast, consider offering tortillas or flatbread that can be stuffed with things like eggs, bacon, and sausage. Or go with a Mediterranean diet and offer things like hummus, diced cucumber, chopped hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, peppers and other veggies.

Will lunch be served at home or on-the-go? If you'll be eating at home, consider making different types of salads ahead of time. Of course, green salads are always a good choice, but don't forget egg salad, ham salad, chicken salad and tuna salad. For those who want a heartier meal, have different types of breads on the food table. Many of your guests may not have tried flatbreads, so it would be fun to add this for added interest. If you'll be eating on-the-go, flatbreads are a great way to make a sandwich because they usually don't get as soggy as regular bread. Pita bread can be stuffed with cheese and lunch meat or even peanut butter and gourmet jelly.

Give yourself a break at dinner time. After all, you've probably had a full day yourself, and you may be dead on your feet. Hopefully your guests will want to try local restaurants. If not, consider ordering pizza or Chinese food. If you still want to cook for your family, take the mess outside. Heat flatbread on the grill and make it into a do-it-yourself pizza. After all, who in the world doesn't love pizza?

Don't forget to load up on water bottles and keep them in a cooler filled with ice. Paper products will save you a lot of work, too.

For more information or assistance, contact companies like Klosterman Baking Company.