If you are planning a party for a special occasion or event, choosing the best appetizers to serve to your guests is a crucial step. Here are some tips to helping you choose the best foods for serving at your next celebration.

Things You Will Need

Guest List

Step 1

Reviewing your guest list is critical in knowing exactly what foods to prepare as well as what quantities will be needed. A good general rule of thumb to follow is to plan on each person eating between 4-7 pieces per hour of waiting time before the main course will be served. If you will be serving all of the food at once in a buffet style, usually one pound per person will be enough.

Step 2

Do any of your guests have special needs or accomodations you should make? For example, if one of your party visitors has a peanut allergy, you would want to make sure you either do not serve foods with peanuts, or take special precautions to make sure the peanut free foods you make are not cross contaminated with the foods that do contain nuts. You will want to make sure that you have something that everyone can safely enjoy. If the party will have many children, you will also want to make sure you have kid friendly foods, as they may not eat the same things intended for the adults.

Step 3

It is very easy to go overboard in spending when it comes to planning a party. Setting a budget will help you stay on track in spending. You may need to compromise on different selections in order to stay within your budget. Knowing exactly how much you have to spend will enable you to decide what the best values are and what can be enjoyable for the minimal amount of cost.

Step 4

There are some classic favorites that work in any situation, whether it be a casual or formal affair. Cheese trays with a variety of three cheeses and crackers are always popular. Vegetables and dip, as well as fresh fruits also make for the perfect appetizers. Depending on the type of affair you are planning, simply using a special serving tray or elegant display can make it seem outstanding for more formal occasions. Other party favorites include baked brie, pastry puff appetizers, 7 layer taco dip, mini pizzas, and barbecued meatballs. For more formal occasions, you may want to try an antipasto tray of cheese, olives, meats, and grape tomatoes or marinated shrimp appetizers.

Step 5

If you are making the appetizers yourself, you will want to consider how much time you have to cook. If you do not have a lot of time, there are many shortcuts you can take, such as using prepared refrigerator dough for pastries or purchasing vegetables and cheeses that are already cut.
When you are choosing what foods to serve to your party guests, the possibilities are endless. By following these simple guidelines, you'll be sure to make selections that are sure to impress and satisfy everyone attending your next event. For additional recipe ideas, you may find this Appetizers & Snacks website useful.

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