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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 the church Youth Conference for 230 teens and leaders, Girl’s Camp, church Seminary class, 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

* = can be easily assigned

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I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

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Fruit Tray

Corn Salsa & Fritos *

Mac & Cheese *

Peaches & Cream Slab Pie *

Root Beer

Barbecue Chicken

Buttery Corn on the Cob

Strawberry & Orange Pop

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

Huli Huli Chicken

Fried Rice *

Kona Macadamia Nut Banana Bread *

Tiki Drinks

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 *

Twice Baked Potato Casserole *

Chicken Stroganoff

Assorted Mini Cheesecakes & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries *

Cast & Crew Dinner

Buttermilk Dinner Rolls *

Chicken Stroganoff *

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 *

Sautéed Farm Fresh Green Beans & Bacon

Lucious Potato Casserole *

Amazing Mushrooms * (fabulous!)

Honey Maple Roasted Carrots *

Chicken Stroganoff *

Cranberry Trifle, Candy Cane Brownie Trifle, Salted Caramel Brownie Trifles *

More Great Group Recipes

See all my latest large group recipes.

Beach Baby Pudding Cups

These Beach Baby Coconut Pudding Cups are everything that’s great about the islands! Kids LOVE ‘EM. You will too since they are so easy to make.

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Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

Even people who don’t like pineapple or coconut take a bite and say “WOW!” Treat yourself to a mini trip to Hawaii with these luscious Hawaiian Pineapple Cheesecake Bars.

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Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Looking for a quick and easy treat? This Hawaiian Wedding Cake comes together in a snap and tastes like a piña colada on your plate.

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Huli Huli Chicken

This is without a doubt one of the Best. Chicken. Recipes. Ever. We fixed this for our luau last year. I figured out of the 140 guests there had to be some folks who didn’t like roast pig. So we made 70 pieces of Huli Huli Chicken to supplement the roast pig. Turns out no one doesn’t like roast pig. But NO ONE wanted to skip the chicken either.

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Easy Island Fried Rice

A quick fried rice much better than you’d get at your favorite Chinese restaurant. It makes an easy and delicious side dish.

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Heath Bar Freezer Pie

In less then 15 minutes you can have this yummy Heath Bar Freezer Pie done and in the freezer. Make it before you need it. Need a quick dessert? Ta da! You have a Frozen Heather Bar Cream Pie in the freezer. Your family will love it!

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