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Ods graduates high school June 1st. We want to have a little party for him for maybe 10 people at the most. I want to serve cake and punch. Any other ideas? We will be having it sometime over that weekend and I think we will do it in the mid afternoon about 3-5. TIA
 

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How about a make-your-own pizza party, or a taco/burrito bar? Neither one should cost very much and it should be fun as well.
 

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BBQ & Volleyball :)
 

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you could do a old fashioned all american bbq. It shouldnt cost too much. I did one for my sons bday last year. You could serve
Hamburgers
hotdogs
potato salad
coleslaw
assorted chips and a dip
along with your cake and punch.
 

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I would say finger sandwiches, chips, pretzels, dip, drinks... My DS is graduating this year too, probably will have a small family get together if my budget allows :)
 

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With only 10 people, it should be really easy to do a grill out. Or you can do sloppy joes or sliced ham or turkey with cheese on buns. You can serve potato salad, mac salad, coleslaw, chips... whatever the group will like. Serve cake, punch, tea and coffee. Should be a piece of 'cake' (pardon the pun) and not that expensive. I will also post a few different recipes when I find them.
 

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Here's the recipes I promised....

These are my recipes...adapted from other recipes or created by me:

KIM'S SLOPPY JOES

2 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1-2 stalks celery, diced (optional)
1 small bottle ketchup
2 T prepared mustard
2 T sweet pickle relish or diced sweet pickle
Salt/pepper/garlic powder to taste

Brown ground beef, onions and celery. Drain grease. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve on buns.

KIM'S SLOPPY GOBBLERS

2 lb ground turkey
1 medium onion, diced
1-2 stalks celery, diced (optional)
1 small bottle ketchup
2 T prepared mustard
2 T sweet pickle relish or diced sweet pickle
Salt/pepper/garlic powder to taste

Brown ground turkey, onions and celery. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve on buns.

KIM'S SLOPPY JOSÉS

2 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1-2 stalks celery, diced (optional)
1 small jar salsa (your choice of heat)
Salt/pepper/garlic powder to taste

Brown ground beef, onions and celery. Drain grease. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve on buns.
NOTE: Can use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

I had these at a family gathering and they were very good. She gave me the recipe but I have not made them though:

GUMBO JOES (For a Crowd) ***Excellent***

4 lbs ground beef
2 onions, finely chopped
1 c finely diced celery
2 pinches of salt
4 T mustard
4 T catsup
4 cans chicken gumbo soup concentrate [do not add water]
72 to 96 rolls

Brown ground beef with onions. Drain off fat. Mix in diced celery, salt, mustard, catsup and gumbo soup. Simmer approximately 20 minutes.
NOTE: Can be kept warm till serving in a crockpot.

I found these on various sites and they sounded good. I have not made them:

CROCKPOT HOT HAM SANDWICHES

3 pounds thinly sliced deli ham (about 40 slices)
2 c apple juice
2/3 c packed brown sugar
1/3 - 1/2 c sweet pickle relish (depending on taste)
2 t prepared mustard
1 t paprika
12 Kaiser rolls, split
Additional sweet pickle relish, optional

Separate ham slices and place in a 3-qt. crockpot. In a bowl, combine the apple juice, brown sugar, relish, mustard and paprika. Pour over ham. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Place 3-4 slices of ham on each roll. Serve with additional relish if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

CROCKPOT ITALIAN ROAST BEEF (FOR SANDWICHES)
1 Chuck Roast (about 3 pounds)
1 pkg. "Au Jus" mix - dry
1 pkg. Italian dressing mix - dry
1 can beef broth
1/2 can water

Spray crockpot with non-stick spray. Put chuck roast in it. Combine all other ingredients and whisk till smooth. Pour over roast. Put on lid. Cook on HIGH for 6 hours or LOW for 10-12 hours. Take out beef (it will fall apart), shred and cut off fat. Put meat back in juice. Cut chewy French bread into sandwich size pieces, and split lengthwise. Fill with beef, and use a turkey baster to get beef juice from crockpot and pour on bread (grease has risen to the top).

CROCKPOT SALSA ROAST SANDWICHES
1 frozen roast (about 3 pounds)
½ large jar salsa (or 1 whole small jar), any brand
Sandwich rolls (ie. Kaiser, hoagie rolls, French rolls, hamburger buns) or tortillas

Place frozen roast beef in crockpot. Pour the salsa over the roast and let cook on high in a crockpot for about 5 hours. Shred the roast with a knife and fork. Put the lid back on and allow to cook another hour on low. Serve on sandwich rolls with desired toppings.

CONEY HOTDOG SAUCE (no bean chili dog sauce)

½ lb ground beef
¼ C water
¼ C chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
8 oz can (1 cup) seasoned tomato sauce
½ t chili powder
½ t salt

Brown beef slowly but thoroughly, breaking with a fork till fine. Add remaining ingredients; simmer uncovered 10 minutes. Makes sauce for 12 coney dogs.
 
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