UPDATE: Luncheon was a huge success.
Since I found out that it would be more of a lunch type of deal rather than an afternoon tea thing, I listened to those posters that suggested a heavier type of menu. Thanks for that advice!
I decided to serve the meal tappas style, a little bit at a time with many courses instead of serving everything all at once.
I did set up a nice table with a centerpiece and table cloth, but I used pretty paper plates because I figured this would be easier to provide fresh plates between courses.
First course, when guests arrived was cheese and crackers along with a fruit tray, all set on the table.
About 45 minutes later, after everybody was settled, drinks were served, I brought out stuffed clams (frozen/store-bought
, but they were really good!) and bruchetta.
An hour later, I brought out artichoke-stuffed mushrooms and a small plate of crudités with ranch dressing.
Then, maybe 45 minutes later, I served broiled steak skewers (with peppers/onions/mushroom) and a cucumber salad.
Yes, there was a lot of food, but serving it in courses? I think was the way to go and my guests seemed to be very pleased.
Thanks to everybody for your menu/recipe/ideas and suggestions.