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What are some good menus to use when hosting large groups?

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Menus for large groups typically offer savory finger foods followed by simple sweets. Examples of savory finger foods include meatballs, sliders and cheese plates, while simple sweets include ice pops, cake pops, brownies and cookies.

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For an afternoon party, such as a graduation celebration, Epicurious.com suggests serving a selection of meatballs and sliders followed by bite-sized sweets. For instance, the menu includes meatballs from two different kinds of meat — bison and chicken — along with dipping sauce. The menu also includes vegetable-based balls.

For the sliders, the menu includes two meats here, too, this time barbecue turkey and pulled brisket. The drink offerings are rhubarb Collins, sangria and iced lemon ginger tea. For dessert, the menu includes red velvet whoopie pies, lemon buttermilk ice pops, vanilla-cherry chocolate chip cookies and double chocolate mocha brownies.

For a sit-down dinner, MelsKitchenCafe.com suggests balsamic-glazed pork with side dishes. The pork is cooked in a slow cooker with a glaze of brown sugar, balsamic and soy sauce. Side dishes include baked garlic mashed potatoes, lion house rolls and caramel apple cheesecake bars.

The Huffington Post also includes a menu for a large dinner that includes roasted chickpeas and bacon-wrapped water chestnuts as appetizers. These are followed by chicken posole, kale and mint salad, and quesadilla pie. Dessert options are peanut butter fudge brownie trifle and chocolate pudding.

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