Variety is the Spice of Every Party
Planning a party can be so stressful that by the time everyone turns up, you don’t have any energy left to enjoy their company. The guest list, the food, the drinks, don’t forget the ice, making sure you have enough seats, glasses and plates to go around, what about the music, and oh no, you forgot the ice. A party-planning checklist can help you remember all the little details, so you can relax and enjoy focusing on something fun like the menu.
You can spend hours browsing online or in the supermarket, deciding what to serve on the big day. A party is the perfect opportunity to try a recipe you’ve been thinking about, or to buy a bunch of gourmet treats. But you have to remember that you won’t be the only one eating.
Just like you’ll serve beer and wine because not everyone likes the same thing, keep your guests’ differing tastes in mind when shopping for party food. I love stinky cheese, and will dig into Brie rind and all. But I know people who affectionately call me a filthy rind eater, and don’t like any cheese stronger than mild cheddar. That’s why most of us serve four or five types of cheese at once. But we need to apply that logic to the rest of the hors d’oeuvres.
How many times have you been to a party where there’s a bowl of tortilla chips next to a bowl of salsa? Now, most of our salsas are medium heat. But for some people, that’s too hot and for others, too mild. That’s why we also make mild and hot salsa. Rather than buy a few jars of one type of salsa, and keep refilling the bowl as the party wears on, why not serve several types of salsa at once? Your guests will enjoy the variety, and that’s one less thing you’ll have to go back to the kitchen for.
And what about crudités? It’s a party classic, and most people serve ranch dressing with their veggies. And that’s another bowl you’ll have to refill at least once. But what if some of your guests don’t like ranch dressing? And who decreed that we serve crudités on a round platter around a single bowl of dip anyway? The party gods aren’t going to smite you for serving some blue cheese, thousand island or green goddess dip as well.
When you’re entertaining a large group of people, you also need to consider allergies and dietary restrictions. When you send out the invitations, ask people what they don’t eat. That way you won’t use this year’s pecan harvest in half the dishes only to discover that some of your guests are deathly allergic to nuts as they slowly back out the door.
Everyone loves options. So when you’re putting together a menu for any party, try to offer your guests some variety such as NAKED infusions 8 gourmet infused organic salsas. That way, the food will be as entertaining as the company.