After you have executed a successful move it may take a little time to get 100% settled in but there is no reason why you can’t invite some friends and family over for a visit to show off your new abode. When selecting a party food menu there are a few things to take into consideration such as: the overall tastes/likes/dislikes of your guests, if you want to host a sit-down dinner or a mix-and-mingle type of party, your budget and of course how much time you want to devote to preparing for the masses.
Appetizers and finger foods can be the main course or they can be the first course to a sit-down dinner. Once you decide the style and theme of event you want to select a variety options to serve. If you decide to solely serve appetizers and finger foods consider choosing anywhere from 5-8 small items to serve up so your guests do not feel limited.
Think of Your Guests Needs
Considering dietary preferences when planning your menu will ensure everything runs smoothly the day of your party. Make sure to offer at least two vegetarian options and take into consideration if there are any known food allergies of your guests. Nuts and sesame seeds are very common (and extremely lethal) food allergies so keep clear of these items when possible.
Wine & Cheese
Are you already overwhelmed with the menu planning? An easy and popular choice for any party is a wine and cheese party. Compliment the cheese, crackers and breads with some fruit, vegetables and spreads. Select a couple bottles of red wine, white wine and even mix in some champagne or mixed cocktails to toast to the new digs.
Food & Beverage Options
Food options are endless and are completely dependent on your budget, the amount of you time you want to devote to cooking and of course your cooking skill level. Some appetizer crowd pleasers such as flatbreads or focaccia bread can be made a variety of different ways and can be easily cut into small slices. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus; stuffed mushrooms; shrimp cocktail and a variety of dips and salsas are all easy options and will satisfy your foodie friends as well as your down-home eaters. If you want a more casual spread but want to provide more than just appetizers and finger foods break out the BBQ and throw on some meat, fish or veggie burgers. Compliment the main course with grilled corn on the cob or grilled fruit such as pineapple or peaches. Have a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, water, wine, beer and or mixed drinks and ice will ensure that your guests are all taken care of accordingly. If you are working on a tighter budget don’t be afraid to ask your guests to bring something when you send out the invites. Your friends and family will most likely be happy to bring an appetizer of choice or their favorite beverage thus helping add to the mix of the menu. Remember whatever menu you decide on for your event keep in mind the tastes of your guests and how much actual time you want to spend during the actual party cooking; you want to enjoy the time with your friends and family and not be preoccupied with cooking the entire time!