Appetizers for All

  1. How Much To Make: Throwing a dinner party with refreshments before the meal? The rule of 4 to 6 hors d’oeuvres per person should work. If it’s cocktails only, plan for 8 to 10 hors d’oeuvres per person.
  2. No-Cook Success: Don’t have time to cook? Set out cheeses, simple spreads and bread, crackers, and cut veggies. Get creative with presentation, such as serving spinach dip in a bread bowl.
  3. Colors Of The Rainbow: When making a veggie tray, think color. A mixture of red, yellow, and green is much more fun than veggies all the same color.
  4. No-Wash Bowls: To serve dips, hollow out bell peppers or use bread bowls. When finished, no need to wash. Simply eat or throw away!
  5. Free Your Fridge: Planning to have a party with appetizers? Clean out the fridge the day before to ensure you have adequate storage space. Use an ice chest for additional space if needed.
  6. Variety Is Best: When hosting a party with appetizers as the main food, be sure to provide a variety. Keep in mind guests who may need low-calorie, kosher, diabetic, gluten-free, or vegetarian options.
  7. Helpful Warnings: If you are serving appetizers with common allergens such as peanuts and shellfish, be sure to warn your guests. Cute tags can be added to the serving trays that say “Made with Peanuts,” etc.
  8. Stereotypes And Such: When preparing your appetizers, consider your guest list. Younger guests will likely eat more, and older guests will usually limit themselves to just a few. Active party games may create a need for more hearty food choices.
  9. Small Servings: Appetizers are meant to be small and eaten on the move. If utensils are required, it’s not an appetizer.
  10. Cold, Warm, And Hot: Running out of food is a party-killer. Make sure there is always food available by having a cold appetizer, a room-temperature appetizer, and a hot one.
  11. Money Misers: Appetizers are great money-saving foods for parties. You only need small amounts of ingredients for each serving. You can get almost 30 small pieces of toast from one baguette!  Spend less on the main course by filling your guests up with appetizers.
  12. Lost Beverages: Typically drinks accompany appetizers. To help guests keep from misplacing their beverages, give them wine charms or personalized beverage holders as a nice touch.  There are some great ideas on Pinterest.
  13. Chill The Wine: Like your wine chilled? Freeze grapes and use them to keep wine chilled in your glass without adding water, which tends to dilute the taste.
  14. Dried Up: Making dried tomatoes for your appetizer is not hard, but does take time. Cut lengthwise and place on an oiled or parchment-lined baking sheet in an oven preheated to 190 degrees F. Allow about 10 hours for drying. Let cool and then sprinkle with sea salt and/or olive oil and store in a glass jar in the fridge.
  15. Tea Sandwiches: Have fun by coloring cream cheese in pretty pastel colors for tea sandwiches. Use just a few drops of food coloring and blend. Add some sugar and vanilla for a little sweetness.