in a pan | Baked eats are nice because they can generally
be prepped way ahead of time, and just need to be reheated before
and other baked pastas, shepherd's pie, pot
in a pot | Like the aforementioned baked stuff, stewy type
eats can be made well in advance, and generally taste better when
they've had time for the flavors to sit and mingle; moreover, these
dishes tend to be pretty forgiving … add a little more or less of
one ingredient or another, and the end result will still generally be
Try: gumbo, chili
on the grill | The benefit of the grill is that it gets the
cook out where the party is, making the cooking part of the fun.
brats (boil 'em in beer first for the best flavor), kebabs, jerk
that's good for communal food
prep | Making 400 potstickers all by your lonesome is a
chore; get your friends and family to help and it's a par-tay.
where folks assemble their own | Get your guests involved
with the food prep, and make it DIY.
Try: soft taco or burrito bar, baked potato bar, Asian summer
noodle bar (serve peanut
sauce and honey-scallion-soy
sauce, an assortment of meat and veggies, cold cooked noodles)