How do you feed 20 people party food cheap? *ETA Thanks!* *ETA What I ended up doing*
My son's 4th birthday party is in 2 weeks. We have an immediate family of almost 20, half of whom are big eaters. How can I do this on the cheap? We usually do a BBQ, but that gets expensive because they don't just eat a hot dog. The big eaters will eat a hot dog or two, a hamburger and whatever chicken or steak kabobs we make. Plus, chips, cookies, etc. The one time I tried to just do cake and ice cream it didn't work and I ended up going to the store because everyone expected it.
*I know that sounds like they are bad people. They aren't. They just eat to socialize. I really think that once they have kids and have the whole family over they will see just how hard it is to do. My husband doesn't want to lose face by telling them straight up we need to down size our parties. Four kid birthdays, 3 of which are in the warm months almost in a row, are tanking us. Especially since this year we held a get together for when hubby's dad came into town a few weeks ago.
Any suggestions, Ladies.
(Also, they are sort of picky so nothing heavy on veggies or fruit or salads. They just leave them sit. 8( )
Thanks for all the help, ladies! I'm reading every reply even if I don't respond personally to each. I have been getting some great ideas! I'm also get getting hungry reading about all this yummy food!
*After nixing a cookoff ;) I served a HUGE pork loin that I got on sale for $10, two types of meatballs, beans, several chips and pretzels, homemade rice crispie treats, hotdogs, and a few other things. It was a little less but baking a lot of homemade treats helped to distract everyone from the lack of meal food. LOL It was a successful party! Thanks for all the help and suggestions. I'm going to use some of the other suggestions like tacos or pasta for my daughter's party next month. 8)