The per­fect party menu

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

The hol­i­day sea­son has ar­rived, and the to-do lists are stack­ing up. You’ve got dec­o­rat­ing to do, gifts to buy and par­ties to plan. Bet­ter get a move on fast. Here are some fac­tors to con­sider to help you plan the per­fect party menu ev­ery time. What kind of party are you hav­ing? A din­ner party? A fon­due party? A cock­tail party? A for­mal din­ner party for 12 will re­quire a larger menu than a fon­due or cock­tail party for 15. You will need a full-course meal for the din­ner party, whereas you may opt for a few hors-d’oeu­vre trays for the fon­due or cock­tail party. Why are you hav­ing the party? To gather ev­ery­one to­gether to cel­e­brate the hol­i­days? The more elab­o­rate the oc­ca­sion, the more elab­o­rate the menu may need to be. A combo hol­i­daypro­mo­tion cel­e­bra­tion, for ex­am­ple, might call for a cake and cham­pagne in ad­di­tion to sev­eral hors-d’oeu­vres. Whom are you invit­ing to the party? Ev­ery­one you know? A se­lect few? The more peo­ple you in­vite, the wider the menu se­lec­tion should be to cater to a num­ber of tastes. If you are invit­ing just a few friends, you should know their likes and dis­likes and be able to cater your menu to that. Make sure you take any spe­cial di­etary needs of your guests into ac­com­mo­da­tion. If some­one is a veg­e­tar­ian, di­a­betic or has food al­ler­gies, for ex­am­ple, you will want to ac­count for that in the menu. When are you hav­ing the party? Late morn­ing? Mid-af­ter­noon? Early evening? The time will dic­tate the type and amount of food you serve. A late morn­ing party might call for a full brunch buf­fet, whereas a mid-af­ter­noon tea party might call for a few pots of tea and a sheet­cake. Where are you hav­ing the party? At home? Some­where else? Home par­ties may re­quire you to plan the menu,

whereas a party else­where might limit the menu elim­i­nate it al­to­gether. If you are hav­ing a get-to­gether at the lo­cal bowl­ing alley, for ex­am­ple, you might be able to or­der sev­eral piz­zas for ev­ery­one to munch on and leave it at that.


or How will the menu be pre­pared? Will you be do­ing all of the work your­self or bring­ing in some­one to do it for you? De­pend­ing upon where the party is lo­cated, you may be able to save your­self some time and ef­fort by hav­ing the food catered. It may cost you more, but it may per­mit you to have a big­ger spread. You may serve what­ever you want at your hol­i­day party. Just make sure you take the fac­tors above into con­sid­er­a­tion and your menu suits the tone of the party. While cook­ies and milk might sat­isfy a bunch of kids at a hol­i­day party late in the af­ter­noon, it won’t work for a ta­ble of adults look­ing for­ward to a late night hol­i­day din­ner.

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