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Large Group Dinner Menus with Recipes, Game Plans & everything you need to Wow a Crowd

People expect a lot from dinner and these menus and recipes really deliver.  In many cases a great dinner can make or break the event.  These are all proven winners.  They’re delicious and they are designed to be a stress-free experience for you and your team!

Many of the recipes can be made several days before and simply heated up prior to serving.

I’ve made these dinners for multiple church Youth Conference for 235 teens and leaders to 340 teens and leaders, Girl’s Camps, church Seminary classes, Graduation Party Breakfasts and neighborhood supper clubs.   All the recipes were specifically chosen, not only because they play great together, but because the timing works well.  They are designed to be very easy meals to prepare and serve. Most recipes can be assigned out to volunteers to make in advance, these are marked with a * below.  Most of the additional items only require a simple prep.  You can use the whole menu, or pick an choose.  Just click on the name of a menu below to link to a page with your game plan, recipes and everything you need for a dynamite dinner!

Dynamite Dinner Menus for a Large Group

All the large group dinner recipes below were designed to be easy, make ahead, hold-well dishes.  You can make them yourself, or if you’re cooking for groups of 100 or more, just follow the steps below.

 

 

It's easy!  Just follow these 3 simple steps:

 

1.  Send your volunteer a link to this page.

2.  Tell them which item to make, 

3.  And how many batches.

 

That's it.

 

Items which can be assigned to volunteers are marked with an *

 

By the way, most of recipes below have family-sized recipe versions as well

- or better yet, make a big batch and freeze!

 

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This is a great choice for a large group dinner.   The recipes were picked not only because they are Proven Winners (many times over), but also because there is minimal last minute prep. It also requires minimal or no oven space.  See the Game Plan below for details. The corn can be cooked in 1 or more large coolers.  The chicken can be cooked on grills, leaving only the beans in need of an oven to bake.  Alternatively the beans can be baked in an oven and kept warm in a slow cooker – or heated in the slow cooker after being started on the stove top.  The beans can also be cooked or heated on the grill if it’s large enough, or if you have multiple grills.

 

  • The Texas sheet cake can be made up to 3 days in advance.
  • The potato salad can, and should, be made the day before, covered and refrigerated.
  • The bacon and onions for the baked beans can be cooked the day before, added to all other bean ingredients, covered and refrigerated.   If you’re tight on oven capacity, once you’ve sauteed the onions and bacon, a 6 quart (192 fluid ounces) slow cooker will hold a double batch of this recipe, serving 44 – 50 people.
  • The corn simply needs shucked, placed in 1 or more large coolers, covered with boiling water and left to cook for 30 minutes or up to 3 hours.  The corn can be shucked the morning of the event (a perfect job for the youth in the party).
  • The BBQ chicken needs no advance prep.  MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SUFFICIENT GRILL SPACE.  Cooking too many chicken thighs on a single grill can quickly lead to a grill fire.
  • The only items requiring last minute assembling are the green salad and the ambrosia.
Huli Huli Chicken
Corn on the Cob for a Crowd
Ambrosia Salad
Best Ever Baked Beans
Potato Salad for a Crowd

Strawberry & Orange Pop

Texas Sheet Cake
Large Group Recipes

This menu includes my ALL TIME FAVORITE large group recipe – Pulled Pork Sandwiches.   I love, love, love this recipe, and you will too.  Man, is it good.  But don’t take my word for it.  Check out the comments on the post.  It is easy, with minimal hands-on time, can be made in advance – and the taste – the taste is outstanding.   If you take the extra time to toast the buns (totally optional) it’s stratospheric.

  • The Fruit Tray to accompany it comes together in no time and can be assembled in advance.
  • The Peaches and Cream Bars, while great anytime of the year (with canned peaches), are a big summer hit with fresh.
  • Another real crowd pleaser is the Black Bean & Corn Dip.  Kids and adults alike really go for it, and it can be made in advance as well.
  • Finally, the Mac & Cheese is a classic, gooey, cheesy proven winner.

There is nothing on this menu requiring last minute assembling, every recipe is VERY FORGIVING and if you are new to cooking for a crowd – or just want a wonderful, easy over-the-top dinner – then this menu is for you.  This was one of the first large group meals I ever coordinated and I’ve turned to it time and again over the years.  It never fails to deliver.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches for a Crowd
Fruit Tray for Crowd
Black Bean and Corn Dip

Mac & Cheese *

Root Beer

Mac and Cheese for a Crowd
Peaches and Cream Bars
Large Group Recipes

Let’s Luau!  –  It just doesn’t get any better.

We’ve hosted this Luau multiple times.  It’s always a huge hit.  I’ve assembled a collection of wonderful Luau recipes below.  You can chose as many or as few as you’d like.  We typically handle the meat and assign out the side dishes.  All the side dishes were chosen because they are easy to make, can be made the day before or earlier in the day and hold up really well.  For the main dish – if you want to go all out, roast a pig.  My step by step guide shows you how.  The Huli Huli Chicken is also a big hit.  You can serve it with the pig, like we do – or make it the main dish if you’re not up for the whole hog (pun intended).  I’ve included my Slow Cooker Kalua Pork recipe if you are planning a smaller event and would like to avoid outdoor grilling.  Either way, it’s fabulous!

Huli Huli Chicken
Salad for a Large Group
Fried Rice for a Crowd
Salad for a Large Group
Fried Rice for a Crowd
Huli Huli Chicken
Macaroni Potato Salad for a Crowd
Fruit Kabobs
Ambrosia for a Large Group
Banana Macadamia Nut Bread
Luau Party Ideas
Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Pre-Prom Dinner (The kids LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this one!)

Baby Greens with apple wood smoked bacon bits, strawberries, candied walnuts and homemade croutons served with Homemade Ranch dressing *

Artisan Rolls *

Sautéed Farm Fresh Green Beans and Bacon *

Rolls for a Crowd
Green Beans for a Crowd

Twice Baked Potato Casserole *

Chicken Stroganoff

Assorted Mini Cheesecakes & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries *

Twice Baked Potato Casserole for a Crowd
Chicken Stroganoff
Dessert for a Large Group

Cast & Crew Dinner

I made this meal for the 150 member cast and crew of our church production of Savior of the World.  The potato recipe makes batches of 50 (2 serving trays of 25 servings each).  I made 3 batches (6 tray total) and multiple folks came back for seconds.  They were a BIG hit!

You’ll want 80 ounces of ranch salad dressing mixed with 1/2 cup (4 ounces) Milk to serve 85 – 100.  For faster serving, pour thinned dressing into 2 – 4 squeeze bottles or pour it back into the original dressing bottles.

Buttermilk Dinner Rolls *

Mixed Green Salad
Roasted Potatoes and Onions

Chicken Stroganoff *

Salted Caramel Brownie Trifles *

Southern Style Green Beans
Salted Caramel Brownie Trifles

Fabulous Feast

Buttermilk Dinner Rolls *

Baby Greens with apple wood smoked bacon bits, strawberries, candied walnuts and homemade croutons served with Homemade Ranch dressing *

Apple Rose Tarts

Sautéed Farm Fresh Green Beans & Bacon

Lucious Potato Casserole *

Amazing Mushrooms * (fabulous!)

Green Beans and Bacon
Potato Casaserole
Mushrooms in a Cream Sauce

Garlic Butter Parmesan Carrots *

Chicken Stroganoff *

Cranberry Trifle, Candy Cane Brownie Trifle,

Salted Caramel Brownie Trifles *

Roasted Carrots
Salted Caramel Brownie Trifles

More Great Group Recipes

See all my latest large group recipes.

Asian Lettuce Wrap for a Crowd

If you’re looking for a healthy recipe for your family but are tired of salad, these Pork & Ginger Lettuce Wraps are for you. They are really easy and really fast, on the table within 30 minutes from start to finish. But the best part of all is they are REALLY good! Whip up a batch for your family this week, they’ll LOVE them.

Sausage, Egg and Cheese Sliders for a Crowd

You'll love this sweet and salty breakfast. It will have your house smelling so good your family will be waiting at the table, at least mine was! A few simple ingredients and a few minutes in the kitchen give you an extraordinary breakfast big enough to feed a crowd.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

These mini Ham & Cheese Sliders are easy to make and your family will love them! Whip some up this week. They will be DEVOURED faster than you can imagine.

Best-Ever Chunky Chicken Salad

Your whole family will love this Best-Ever Chunky Chicken Salad recipe. It's hands down the perfect go-to chicken salad for sandwiches for a quick delicious lunch or a light supper. It takes hardly any time to pull together. The sweetness from the grapes always makes it a favorite with kids! Crowd version included, too!

Peaches and Cream Bars

It's time for some peachy, juicy, crunchy, brown sugary goodness of summer. These melt-in-your-mouth moist, Peaches & Cream bars are a perfect dessert to celebrate summer.  The crunchy, brown sugary crust just sends them over the top. The 'peach pie' smells coming from your oven will lure you to try a bite (or a pan) for yourself!

Easy Cooler Corn on the Cob for a Crowd

Looking for an easy way to cook corn for a crowd at your next BBQ, Family Reunion, Girls Camp or Scout Camp? Try this wonderful easy method I’ve used successfully time after time for large groups. It’s the easiest way to cook corn for a crowd. Guaranteed!

Maui Road to Hana Banana Bread

This Road to Hana Banana Bread is moist and flavorful, transporting you to the islands in one bite. The crunchy sugar topping adds sweetness and texture. Read all about it along with our recent vacation to Maui.

Hawaiian Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Another great, super-easy make ahead recipe. 10 minutes work, overnight unattended low and slow cooking, and you’ve got mouthwateringly tender luau-style Kalua pork. Really easy. REALLY good!

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