Tasty finger foods and easy appetizers work well as a delicious dinner party spread. Your appetizer choices should mimic a traditional dinner menu. Follow these steps to create a satisfying, stress-free appetizer party.
The Guests: The number of people attending is the primary element in determining the amount of food you need. When developing an appetizer dinner, increase the number of appetizer selections, not just the quantity of each, as your guest list increases.
In a large party, you should expect guests who are vegetarian or have dietary restrictions. Provide an assortment of appetizer selections in a number of categories to ensure a satisfying dinner mix for each guest. For a smaller group, ask about guest preferences so your more limited choice of foods is still pleasing.
how to make a fun appetizer: petite pancakes!
For a really cute poppable appetizer, try this! I'm gonna show you how to take a few simple ingredients and turn them into something spectacular. First, you're gonna start with your pancakes. All I've done is stirred some fresh chives into my favorite pancake batter. And if you don't wanna use fresh, you can use dried. The key is to make really tiny pancakes by using about a teaspoon of batter per pancake. That's your base, and then we're gonna do some really quick toppings for it. I've got some purchased dip here. You can use vegetable dip, onion dip, whatever you'd like. And then I've got an assortment of vegetable toppers. The first one is just simply spooning a little bit of dip onto the pancake, taking a really thin slice of fresh cucumber, a toothpick, and then you just stick the toothpick right into the dip. That way, your guest can just pick up the little appetizer, and pop it into their mouths. The next idea is going to use tomatoes and basil. Again, you're gonna put a little bit of dip on top of your pancake, and for this one, I'm gonna take a little basil leaf here, put that on to my toothpick accordion style, kinda like you're making a small skewer. I've got some great tomatoes here. I'll add that to my toothpick and press it onto the dip. My final idea is super simple. I just took some jarred roasted red pepper, and I'll lace that on to my toothpick, add some dip to my pancake, and then, pop in the red pepper. I just know your guests are going to love these poppable appetizers.
- 10-12 guests = 5 appetizer selections
- 25 guests = 9 appetizer selections
- 50 guests = 13 appetizer selections
The Invitations: Send out invitations about a month before the party to give yourself time to plan the menu with ease. Make sure the invitation makes it clear that you're serving enough party food to stand in for dinner. Otherwise, guests may eat beforehand or make dinner plans afterward, leaving you with an unmanageable amount of leftovers.
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