How to Make a Party Meal

Cooking on the stove is great-but sometimes, people don't know how to cook on it. Or, they are simply afraid and/or lack the time. Fortunately, there are other ways to cook for a party.


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    Determine the amount of guests you will have first. This can help estimate amount of food.
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    Start out with an easy appetizer. Set out some chips and salsa, a bare minimum.
    • Buy some plain yogurt to go the extra step. Generally, one container is enough for four to five people.
      1. Set it in a cheesecloth and tie up the ends of the cloth.
      2. Suspend the cloth with a string from a high length, such as a chair, and let the liquid drop into a dish below.
      3. Leave this for about eight hours.
      4. Once this is done, roll the left over yogurt into balls and put them into an olive oil jar.
      5. Serve with crackers.
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    If you cannot do this, then another good appetizer could be small sandwiches.
      1. Buy bread, cream cheese, turkey, and other fillings of your choice.
      2. Cut the bread into small triangular bits, small enough to fit into one bite.
      3. Put in the fillings of your choice.
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    Follow the appetizer with dinner. There are endless possibilities for dinner, four to five dishes should suffice.
    • Buy microwavable noodles, and follow the directions. One small pack is enough for three to four people. If there are no microwave directions but you are sure it is safe, then add in water, a bit extra and microwave until the noodles are soft. Drain out some excess water.
    • Buy sausage/vegetarian links and microwave them. Chop them up into small pieces and add them to the noodles.
    • Make a chicken bake-one per every four people if you can be trusted with an oven. There are directions on the back. Chicken bakes can be sold in most stores.
    • Go the extra mile and try some foreign food! Heat up some tortillas, and defrost fajita chicken bits (if directions allow microwave use). Buy guacamole and cheese and set up an assembly line. Alternatively, fix the fajitas yourself if time allows you to.
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    Make a quick salad. Buy lettuce, tomatoes, and any other ingredients of your choice. Wash them and cut them up into small pieces. Whip it all together with dressing.
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    Make brownies for dessert. There are baking instructions on the back. If not, make pudding-instant pudding mixes can serve about two people in a party. Make sure to use a lot of them if you choose to make them.


  • Have a cook-out. Invite over some friends to bring their dishes. Not only will it make the dinner more diverse, but alleviate the workload on you.
  • Remember the saying: The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
  • Provide complementary drinks on the side, like lemonade.


  • Make sure that none of your guests are allergic to any ingredients! Tell everyone ingredients such as peanuts, milk products, cherries, etc.
  • Never microwave uncooked meat if directions are not given.
  • Never consume uncooked foods that could be unsafe.

Things You'll Need

  • Microwave
  • Dishes
  • Utensils
  • Bowls

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Categories: Event and Party Planning | Meal Planning