Create the perfect lunch with these recipes and tips

Aug 31, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Serving lunch for a crowd doesn't have to be complicated. These recipes and tips make it super easy to come up with a tasty lunch that can feed a big crew, and we promise they'll all leave happy (and not hungry!).

Chicken salad is a simple choice for lunch because it's easy to throw together and you can make it ahead of time, so when your crowd is ready to eat, you'll be ready to serve. We love the garlic chicken apple salad Mary Elizabeth made in the video above, and we're pretty sure you will, too. Check out the recipe here.

Cupcake quiche

We love quiche for any meal because it's customizable and a great way to use up whatever veggies you have lying around your kitchen. These cupcake quiches from Mary Elizabeth are perfect for parties since they're the perfect serving size. To make 12 muffins, follow along with the video, using 12 eggs and adding 1/4 cup of sautéed veggies to each muffin tin. Add a generous amount of cheese, and you'll fall in love with this tasty treat.

Lunch station styling tips

It's not just the food that you make, but the way you present it. Thankfully, we have Mary Elizabeth to show us how it's done. Watch this video to get her best tips on everything from setting up the buffet to decor.

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