When planning events, I feel that the food menu is the most overwhelming task to accomplish. I’m always thinking about what my guests will want to eat or how much to make. There have been plenty of times when I make certain foods and no one touches them, while some items are gone in seconds! It just depends on the crowd I guess.
So my family put together an amazing menu for the party. The food was delicious, portioned to perfection and was pretty much devoured! My mouth is watering for cucumber sandwiches as we speak!
When serving a buffet style menu, it is easy to just pile food on a plate or bowl. But I think the styling and positioning of the food also makes the presentation look nice and more appetizing. Pre-portioning food will also keep guests from grabbing into a bowl of food and help prevent the spread of germs.
So here is the breakdown of the menu…
1. Poppy Seed Chicken Salad with Grapes
We adapted our chicken salad recipe from the one found here on Add A Pinch.com. Instead of boiling the chicken, we baked it in the oven with Mrs. Dash lemon seasoning. The cherries and celery leaves were omitted, and we used this Poppy Seed dressing instead of mayonnaise. The chicken salad was served on mini croissants- it was delicious! I personally will be making it again!
2. Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
These cute little sandwiches were a hit at the shower! I think they were one of the first menu items to be polished off. This recipe can also be found on Add A Pinch.com. We followed the recipe exactly, expect that we did not serve open faced sandwiches. We added the extra top piece of bread. I’ve had rectangle-shaped cucumber sandwiches before, but these circle-shaped cut outs looked adorable (if a sandwich can be called such!). They also looked nicely stacked on the platters.
3. Caprese Skewers with Fresh Basil
For the skewers, we used fresh mozzarella balls marinated in olive oil and italian herbs. You can find these in the fresh cheese section at the grocery store. Each skewer contained a mozzarella ball and cherry tomato with a folded fresh basil leaf seperating the two. We seasoned the skewers with freshly ground pepper and drizzled balsamic vinegar over the top of them. Just a side note, but if you use white balsamic vinegar for drizzling, it will not turn the cheese brown! These tasted delicious (if you like caprese appetizers) and none of these were left over.
4. Deviled Eggs
The deviled eggs made for the shower were no more than your traditional recipe. If you’ve never made them you could certainly follow this recipe found here on the Food Network. To make enough eggs for the party, we boiled 18 eggs (1 1/2 dozen). This made plenty for everyone to have 1 or 2 and by the end of the party, they were gone. I loved that they were served on the cute egg platters.
5. Fresh Fruit Kabobs
Here the canteloupe and honeydew melons were cut using a melon baller. The melons, grapes, raspberries and strawberries were assembled on the skewers and lined up on a platter to be served. I thought this was a much more attractive way to serve a fruit salad, instead of combining all the fruit into one bowl.
6. Veggie Shooters with Greek yogurt “Ranch” Style Dip
This recipe for Ranch Style dip came from my own blog and you can find it here. We cut the celery, carrots, and bell pepper into sticks and put them in the shot glasses with a couple tablespoons of dip. Extra vegetables were also served on the side if guests wanted more.
7. Sand Dollar Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
These cookies tasted more like a butter cookie than a traditional sugar cookie to me. Yum! They were a creative idea for my nautical themed shower! This recipe can be found here on mamamiss.com. The recipe was followed exactly and we did not make any alterations. What a perfect little dessert!
Overall, the menu turned out wonderful. All of the guests thoroughly enjoyed the food! We made just enough food without lots of leftovers. I hope this post helps you when you’re planning a menu for your next party! Do you have any other favorite recipes that you make for parties?
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