Today I'll create the menu and shopping list. Buzz: use this week's store circulars to see what's on sale. If shrimp isn't, then you don't serve shrimp. To entertain affordably you must be flexible. I want plenty of substantial appetizers. A recipe found at Dinners for a year blog for mac 'n cheese mini bites sounds perfect to accompany sliders, won ton cups, mini quiche, onion marmalade and feta palmiers, etc.
Recipe credit: http://dinnersforayear.blogspot.com/2008/08/double-mac-and-cheese-bites.html