Great suggestions, everybody! Thanks!
Thinking out loud here --
I think that you need to make another side for Sunday
You're right and I agree with you. It seems like DD#1's menu is a little short-changed, doesn't it.
So, I am listening to what everybody said about the salads and I'm still going to do the potato salad for DD#2's party. That's a bbq standard. I always make plenty so the DDs can nosh on leftovers of that for lunch on Sunday.
Thanks, Mikayla, for saying that DD#1 should get a fresh salad on her day. There were a couple of excellent suggestions for salads for DD#1's party . . . I know she loves "different" salads, especially ones with a mediterranean flare.
Cicero -- would you please post your recipe for "I also like mediterranean style spicy salads like cooked tomato salad
Bobbie -- I looked up Ina's Greek Salad and that sounds delicious. A definite possibility. Thanks!
Your whole menu sounds yummy, but, I'm sorry to say, the crab-stuffed mushrooms sound out of place with the other items, which indicate more casual fare.
Good point. I think the mushrooms would go better with DD#1's party anyway. Maybe an artichoke or spinach stuffed mushroom instead of crab with pork steaks? I can prepare these ahead of time and serve while the pork steaks are grilling. I should probably serve a fresh veggie tray with a dip and maybe crackers at the same time.
The guest list for DD#1's party is her room mate, the DDs and me. So I don't want to do over-kill with food. There's a possibility that maybe the DDs BFs will be joining us for dinner, but since it's Mother's Day plans are up in the air right now.
All of the people invited for DD#1's party will also be at DD#2's party so it's a good thought from you all that I should change things up and not serve leftovers.
Sorry, this is getting long, but writing this down helps me with my thought process. Thank you for your patience!
On to DD#2's party:
rose red -- Deviled eggs are DD#2's specialty. I know she'll be up to making a batch. Plus your idea of cheese sticks is a great thought (since I'm not doing the mushrooms) and will go very well with the sliders. I've put both of these on the menu. Thank you!
Bobbie -- "Teriyaki chicken skewers." has great possibilities, but do you think these with the sliders will be too much of an entree type app?
bloo -- Oooooh Yeaaaah. "bacon-wrapped jalapenos"
Thank you so much for posting your recipe. This is a must do!
For a fun take on sliders, try making some of 'em stuffed. I plan on mixing the ingredients in with the meat, like chopping the mushrooms and bacon, and cooking it all together. Is that the same as stuffed?
This isn't quite standard barbecue fare, but college-aged students might enjoy some sushi. Another great thought. Wondering how well this will go with the rest of the meal, though.
For the barbecue sliders (snip) . . . I'm second thinking the bbq sliders. Maybe making them meatball Italian-style instead.
I LOVE e-hell! You all are the greatest!
(Hmmmmm and bloo have replied while I was typing . . .)