Suggestions for easy/fun group dinner — cooking

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For DH’s 60th bday, 3 couples will be spending a weekend at our beach house. The other 2 couples are our best friends, and we are all very casual people so no need to ”impress” anyone. I’m looking for dinner ideas for our first night, when we will all be arriving at different times. It would be great if I could make the main dish ahead of time, then we could make a salad and/or side dishes together.

I thought of chili (and margaritas!), but if the weather is hot and humid — blech. Maybe tacos!

I could also make a pasta salad and other salad ahead, then marinate some chicken to grill.

Any other ideas? Needs to be not too exotic, because a couple of us are not adventurous eaters.

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