(If you're new here, this is our family's gift to the workplace. Previously, I served home-baked muffins with coffee, spice tea, and fruit. I have to plan for a maximum of 100 people. )
After last year's oven failure, I don't think I have it in me again.
We found a local panaderia, or Mexican bakery, which sells huge, fabulous pastries for about 50 cents apiece.
Wouldn't that be a novel change, especially since it's a neighborhood place? Could I cut each pastry into half and turn my old muffin standby into a fun tasting event?
I can stretch the budget by serving a huge platter of sliced navel oranges and bananas cut in half. I think it's safe to say that most people haven't wanted whole apples and oranges, because that's where I've tracked my greatest waste.Drinks: I like to offer an alternative to coffee. We had trouble keeping two urns hot last year. What would you think about a bowl of pineapple-based tea punch? Too much sweet?
If you suspect people will be turned off by Mexican pastries, let me know. I also considered fresh cinnamon rolls from prefrozen homemade dough, but they're not as delicious when they're not hot out of the oven.
Experienced hostesses--or guests--all your suggestions are appreciated. Later today we'll talk about the decorating scheme.