While the cake is always the center of attention, having other foods on hand will ensure the guests don’t go away hungry. Since some of the guests may have health conditions that require them to go light on the carbs, avoid cholesterol, or stay away from most grains, it may seem tricky to come up with the right combination of dishes. Here are some ideas that will help.
Cut vegetables are great for the calorie-counters or those who need to limit carbohydrate or cholesterol intake. Make the platter colorful with a selection of carrots, celery, cauliflower, broccoli florets, and yellow squash. Salsa or light ranch dressing will suffice for the dip options.
This finger food doesn’t take long to prepare and will look great on the table. Split the mini-bagels in two and top with a teaspoon of pizza sauce, pepperoni slices, and cheese. Place the bagels in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese and slightly toast the bread. They’ll be easy to balance on a small plate and give everyone who wants “real” food at the party something to enjoy.
Cut several apples into eight sections and run a wooden skewer through each one. Remember to immerse the sections into a mixture of water and salt to keep them from turning brown. Add caramel dip on the side and everyone can have as much or as little dip on each section as they want.
Those wooden skewers are also ideal for creating a nice treat on a stick. Keep in simple but tasty. Alternate cubes of ham and cheese until at least half of the skewer is covered. A side container filled with Dijon mustard will serve as the dipping sauce.
Remember these ideas can be adapted to suit the tastes and dietary needs of the guests. By choosing to go with food of this type for the party, it’s possible for the host to spend more time enjoying the party and less time in the kitchen. There will also be less cleanup after the party is over, something that makes it a truly happy occasion for everyone.