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Old October 29th, 2013, 08:33 AM
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Kali Chaudas party!!

I'm throwing a huge Kali Chaudas Party at my place. I have over 30 families coming. (60-65 adults/40-50 kids). It's going to be a wild party.

Here's my evite wording:

We cordially invite you and your family to celebrate this festive occasion at our humble abode. It's the night of Kali Chaudas, considered to be the darkest night per Hindu mythology. Be relieved, since bejeweled maidens in colorful saris and their intrepid partners toting young kids shall slay the darkness with fireworks and usher in the festive occasion of Diwali.

Diwali Party Update
Thank you for responding to the invite and offering to help. We are getting the food catered, so just come over and enjoy.
We will have tambola, fireworks, high-stakes poker, and regular poker. I'm looking for 5 serious poker players for the high-stakes table (min $100 table). We have some kid activities and other activities as time permits.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the party!!!

We have 1.5 trays of samosas/pakoras. 1 tray house salad. 1 tray of kadai paneer, tadka dal, butter chicken, mix of naans (onion, garlic and butter), 1 tray pulav, and 0.5 tray raita.

1 tray gajar halwa.

Some folks are getting appetizers (4 people getting 1/2 tray each) and 3 are getting desserts (3 1/2 trays) + one large tray of assorted mithai.

For kids, we have 1 tray pasta, 1/2 tray chicken nuggets, cheese platter, fruit platter and still debating about cheese pizza.

Bar - Glenn Fiddich, MacCallan 15, Black Label, Bombay Sapphire, Avion Silver tequila, Yager, Smirnoff, Sutter Home (Red and White), Moet Chandon, Heineken, Kingfisher, Haywards, Stella, Yeungling, Coke, Sprite, Capri Sun, Fanta. Shots served in test tubes.

Have fireworks for about $250....with grand finale.

Special room for high-stakes poker. $100 + $100

Some women are coming over early to do rangoli around the house.

We have gone all out on this one. Hopefully, weather co-operates. This is a once-in-a-lifetime type of party!

Will post pics.
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Old October 29th, 2013, 09:11 AM
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Re: Kali Chaudas party!!

I feel you will go short on food. You have 1 tray of each item... which will usually suffice 20 - 25 people. And you have about 100 people. You may have to order more. And what is the entry fee? Let me see if I can afford it...
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Old October 29th, 2013, 09:45 AM
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I feel you will go short on food. You have 1 tray of each item... which will usually suffice 20 - 25 people. And you have about 100 people. You may have to order more. And what is the entry fee? Let me see if I can afford it...
Not sure if you are kidding or serious...

Appetizers

1 Tray Pakoras
50 Samosas
1/2 Tray Chicken tikka
1/2 tray chilli chicken
1/2 tray cant-remember-right-now
1/2 tray cut fruit
1/2 tray another-mystery-appetizer
1 tray house salad
1 tray kids pasta
1/2 tray chicken nuggets
Chip and Dip
Cheese platter
Dry fruit platter

Main Course

1 tray butter chicken
1 tray kadai paneer
1 tray daal tadka
1 tray Assorted Naans
1 tray Pulav

Dessert

Assorted Mithai platter
1 tray gajjar halwa
1/2 tray dessert (not sure what)
1/2 tray dessert (not sure what)

I think, this is sufficient food.
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Old October 29th, 2013, 09:47 AM
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Re: Kali Chaudas party!!

Oye ... where's my evite??
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Oye ... where's my evite??
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Old October 29th, 2013, 09:50 AM
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Thanks!! Will accept the evite as soon as I get it! Looking forward to the big bash extravaganza!
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Re: Kali Chaudas party!!

wow Good luck. Took me back to the days when I was planning for my LOs first birthday party.
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Old October 29th, 2013, 10:35 AM
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wow Good luck. Took me back to the days when I was planning for my LOs first birthday party.
Kids will be playing Kinect Party at lower level....special room for high-stakes poker.
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Re: Kali Chaudas party!!

Are you inviting that fat friend of your wife?
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Re: Kali Chaudas party!!

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Not sure if you are kidding or serious...

Appetizers

1 Tray Pakoras
50 Samosas
1/2 Tray Chicken tikka
1/2 tray chilli chicken
1/2 tray cant-remember-right-now
1/2 tray cut fruit
1/2 tray another-mystery-appetizer
1 tray house salad
1 tray kids pasta
1/2 tray chicken nuggets
Chip and Dip
Cheese platter
Dry fruit platter

Main Course

1 tray butter chicken
1 tray kadai paneer
1 tray daal tadka
1 tray Assorted Naans
1 tray Pulav

Dessert

Assorted Mithai platter
1 tray gajjar halwa
1/2 tray dessert (not sure what)
1/2 tray dessert (not sure what)

I think, this is sufficient food.
Appetizers will fly off the table before the last few stragglers drop in. Those are just finger-foods and you should not even count them in your estimates. So, just looking at the main course... you have 3 trays of items, 1 tray of pulao and 1 tray of naans. And your party will have over 100 people. I think you need to rethink.

And 50 samosas for 100 people... you will have to make sure you place a knife next to the samosa tray and suggest... nay, command people to cut each samosa into half before helping themselves.
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release food in batches ..
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Not sure if you are kidding or serious...

Appetizers

1 Tray Pakoras
50 Samosas
1/2 Tray Chicken tikka
1/2 tray chilli chicken
1/2 tray cant-remember-right-now
1/2 tray cut fruit
1/2 tray another-mystery-appetizer
1 tray house salad
1 tray kids pasta
1/2 tray chicken nuggets
Chip and Dip
Cheese platter
Dry fruit platter
When you have an open bar, please try to have more apps as people would normally drink+eat.
I think you will fall short of food.
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Old October 29th, 2013, 12:09 PM
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When you have an open bar, please try to have more apps as people would normally drink+eat.
I think you will fall short of food.
How come?

Even if you have 60 adults - that's ~1 samosa per person, 50 grams of Pakoras, couple of chicken pieces, salad and misc appetizers.

Kids have pasta, cheese platter, nuggets and chips...

I can't see how it will be less...
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How come?

Even if you have 60 adults - that's ~1 samosa per person, 50 grams of Pakoras, couple of chicken pieces, salad and misc appetizers.

Kids have pasta, cheese platter, nuggets and chips...

I can't see how it will be less...
I guess it depends on the crowd too but if you have a long party where you have tambola, drinks, fire works etc we are looking at atleast 4-5 hour evening. You are cutting really close if you think 1 samosa per one person.
Dont forget, if kids come running to grab samosas, you cant say no. And you also cant say no if someone is having a second serving. Your estimate is purely assuming each person is going to have just one serving. With alcohol, apps are gonna fly.

I personally think you will fall short on food but if you are confident, no worries. You know your guests better than I do.

Edit: unless you have interesting misc apps (like hummus dips/ salsa etc), dont consider them as part of apps.
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Appetizers will fly off the table before the last few stragglers drop in. Those are just finger-foods and you should not even count them in your estimates. So, just looking at the main course... you have 3 trays of items, 1 tray of pulao and 1 tray of naans. And your party will have over 100 people. I think you need to rethink.

And 50 samosas for 100 people... you will have to make sure you place a knife next to the samosa tray and suggest... nay, command people to cut each samosa into half before helping themselves.
Maybe I will ask one of the ladies to pre-cut the samosas in half. That's no problem.

I've asked one more person to bring 1/2 tray appetizer.
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