10 Fabulous Family Reunion Menu Ideas

July is Family Reunion Month!  We are going to start the month out with a look at how to feed a crowd with unique and easy to make recipes!  After all, half the fun of a family reunion is eating, right?

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Planning for a crowd can be difficult.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Choose recipes that work well for larger groups
Converting a smaller recipe by doubling or tripling the batch does not always work out.  Try to go with food that can easily be made in large quantities.

Vegetarians are important too!
There is always someone in the crowd that does not eat meat.  And oftentimes ethnic and religious preferences need to be considered too.  Always be sure to offer at least a few vegetable dishes.

Keep it Simple!
Choose recipes with fewer ingredients and those that do not take tons of time to make.

bacon wrapped smokies with brown sugar

Bacon Wrapped Smokies with Brown Sugar and Butter from Tasty Kitchen

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How much should you make?

A good rule of thumb is to use these quantity suggestions:


24 oz. of soft drinks or water, 3-4 oz. ice, 1-2 slices of bread, 1 cup of salad greens, 1/2 cup fruit or pasta salad, 4-6 oz. meat, fish or poultry, 2 hotdogs, 1 portion of dessert.

Now multiply that by how many you are expecting, and you will have an idea of how much food to make!

chicken chili cheese dip

Chili Cheese Dip from Plain Chicken

buffalo chicken bites

Buffalo Chicken Bites from What’s Cookin’ Chicago

How to keep your family reunion organized:

  • Assign family members a to-do list.  Assign someone to help shop, someone to help set up, cook helpers, and clean-up.
  • Set deadlines.
  • Put someone in charge of charcoal, paper goods, ice, utensils, and other non-food items.  (Get the guys to participate!)
  • Plan a good communication system.  Maybe a website, email, or newsletter.

mexican wedding fruit

Mexican Wedding Fruit Pizza from Cooking ala Mel

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5 comments… add one
  • Liz Latham April 5, 2016, 8:07 am

    These would be awesome for cookout or summer recipes as well! Such a great list! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!

  • cookie17 July 13, 2015, 7:56 am

    I love this think first time seen it We have family reunion’s & try & try find something different this help ,…Good job

  • Debilee July 3, 2013, 2:37 pm

    Oh my goodness! I want to eat each one of those things RIGHT NOW!! Loved the ideas. 🙂

  • Jaan L July 3, 2013, 9:12 am

    Cool! you really have some great food ideas for reunions. I’m making a list of all of them…..they really are just to good to pass up. And your suggestion are great….so not just a few people are stuck with all the work. Thanks

    • suzy July 6, 2013, 9:36 am

      Hi Jaan!
      Yep, my family believes in delegating! It also helps that some folks are better at things than others. Assigning me any fancy cooking is probably not a great idea. Ha!


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