5 days after we get back from WDW!!! It will be her 2nd birthday. I have all of her gifts and Wiggles party decoration purchased (except for the Mylar balloons). I have not yet sent out invites, but it looks like there will be about 19 people total. The only thing not figured out yet is the food and how in heck I will have my house ready for a party that soon after we return.... I have already started cleaning, but I work FT with 3 DDs, and DH is working 12 hour midnight shifts all week. For the food, DMIL suggested I get the ready made stuff at Costco, like the meatballs and stuffed shells. This would work out great, because 8 lbs of ready made frozen shells and a large bag of meatballs would cost approx 25. bucks. She was going to make chicken parm, and I would buy a few other things, and that would be that. Now today, she brings me a catering menu from their favorite Italian/pizza place, and says I would be better off catering from there. She says a small tray of chicken parm would be 45, and it would cost her 42 to make it, so maybe I should cater. Does this sound accurate? I know chicken and cheese are expensive, but 42 for a tray sounds pretty steep to me. I could get the Tyson cutlets from Costso for 3.??/pd. Am I way off? DMIL is set on the thought that only Polly-o can be used because it tastes the best, etc., and only shops at one supermarket chain. (No, she is not rich by a longshot). What would you do? I'm thinking it would cost 300-400 to cater, and about 150 to use Costco and homemaid. Am I dreaming?