Nothing brings people together like good food !
I always follow the golden rule –
*Keep things Simple*
Party Platters are my favourite. I always create generous platters of nibbles, ahead of time – A stressed host is never fun !
These platters are easy to assemble. Easy to serve. Require little cooking time. And there’s always something for everyone.
You can have a mix of different cheeses, crackers, olives, fresh/dry fruits, chorizo, cold cuts, vegetable crudites, variety of dips, finger sandwiches, sliders…the options are endless!
Except for frying up some chicken nuggets, making some dips and sandwiches, all other snacks are pretty much just assembly/arrangement work, that takes a few minutes.
Simple Cucumber Sandwiches, Chicken and Cole Slaw Sandwiches, are great for warm summer evenings. Ham sandwiches, cut in bite sized pieces, or mini pulled pork sliders are a great snack with your drinks.
Have an assortment of cheeses, some soft enough to spread on crackers, some hard, some mild and some sharp.
Plenty of Fruits like Strawberries, Grapes, Pears or Apple, to cut through the saltiness and richness of the Cheese.
Cold Cuts are always a good idea. Some spicy Chorizo works well too, and Olives ofcourse.
Add few munchies like assorted Nuts , Chips, and Vegetable Crudites with a variety of Dips. You could either make these dips, if you have the time, or you could even serve a couple of good store bought dips.
The main aim is to have a variety of food, so that there’s something interesting for every guest.
Just a little planning, a proper shopping list, and 1 trip to the grocery store is all it takes to make a perfect, stress free party platter which you can enjoy with your friends, without spending hours in the kitchen !