Fourth of July Menu?

I'm sitting here at the island in the kitchen deciding what to make for an impromptu Fourth of July celebration we are holding tomorrow. My husband hasn't had the Fourth of July off from work in almost 19 years so I was taken by surprise to find out he got it off this year. I invited my good friend, her husband and 3 daughters over, and we've extended the invitation to my husbands best friends and their families. My kids have also been told that we'll just be hanging out at the house and grilling so if they want to have friends over, they can.

Not sure of the head count yet, I'm trying to plan a menu that can feed either 10 (minimum) or 27 or more. I also have to use food and items we have on hand as the checkbook is empty now that bills have been paid. Let's throw together a last minute party, K? And do it with only $25 cash on hand.

$25 went for:

Red & Blue plates, napkins, cups
Cake Mix
Coffee filters
2 cans Ravioli for my son to eat for lunch this week
1 can frosting
1 canister sugar-free iced tea mixes
evaporated milk
1 bag chips


Chips & Funyons
Soda - regular and diet
Iced Tea - regular and sugar free
Bottled water

Fresh cut veggies and homemade ranch dip (celery, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower)

Grilled Chicken - Half Caribbean Jerk & Half Lemon Pepper

BBQ Beans with bacon
Green Garden Salad with assorted dressings
Red Pepper, Artichoke and Tortellini Salad
Ranch Pasta Salad

Pumpkin Bars (I froze half the pan previously from last week)
Caramel Brownies
M&M Cookies
Sugar Free Cheesecake
Rice Krispie Bars (brought by friend)
Frosted Brownies (brought by friend)

Now, let's get cookin!

*edited on July 5th to show what we ended up having*Print Friendly and PDF