Pasta Party Tips
Plan for at least 100 kids. The host family/families usually provide the pasta, sauce, protein and ice. The key is to not turn down any help offered. If someone offers to help, ask them to bring a crockpot, cooked pasta, ice, or extra water.
Plan on about 20 pounds.
Big chunky stuff works best.
Cook it ahead of time, put it in Ziploc bags and reheat it briefly in boiling water before serving.
(Keep a big pot of water hot on the stove).
Offer several different types:
--red sauce (2-3 extra large Costco cans or 5-6 regular large jars)
--non-tomato (Alfredo or pesto -- about 6-8 cups of sauce)
--plain with butter (enough for 1 -2 pounds pasta)
Large cans of sauce from Costco or Smart & Final can be more cost effective.
Chafing dishes or crockpots work well to keep everything hot.
Have a container of parmesan cheese available.
Runners need protein to go with their carbs. Please offer for those who will eat it:
- meatballs (mini ones work best as kids tend to load up their plates: Ralph's will put on sale every so often; 400)
- grilled chicken strips is another great option (Costco sells in bulk, just reheat with a little olive oil and garlic)
Provided by other parents. They should deliver it cooked, cut up and ready to serve. Should have serving trays available.
Provided by other parents. They should deliver it ready to serve. Should have serving utensils available.
Provided by other parents.
Provided by other parents. Have coolers and ice ready.
-Plan an efficient path for the food line, keeping as much as possible outside, especially the trash and ice chests.
-Have recycling tubs available for water bottles
-Station an adult at the pool, if you have one.
-As the kids leave, ask if they have everything they brought. Take lost and found items to the meet the next day.
-Have plenty of trash bags available; ask kids to help with clean up.
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