Cocktail parties not only provide a great opportunity for everyone to mingle and get to know one another; they are usually known for their array of yummy foods and snacks that are on offer as well. There are many quick and easy cocktail party recipes available, which will enable everyone - including the host - to thoroughly enjoy themselves instead of having to spend endless hours preparing food and beverages.
If the cocktail party in question is going to be more of a formal affair, it is recommended that finger foods and items that are easy to eat while socializing be served. Ideas for easy to eat foods can include shrimp cocktail, savory crackers and cream cheese or avocado dip, cheese and meat platters, skewered fruit and/or veg pieces, chicken wings and drumsticks and a range of hors d’oeuvres such as grilled scallops wrapped in bacon, stuffed peppers with cream cheese, crab salad canapes, mini crab cakes and spicy tuna tartare.
Rice crackers may not seem like an overly exciting cocktail party food, but they can be spiced up with a combination of shredded crab meat, finely chopped celery, a tablespoon of vinegar and 2 teaspoons of soy sauce. This mixture can be spooned on to the rice crackers and topped with a little hot sauce and chopped chives to garnish. A delicious dip can be made by combining creamed blue cheese and ground walnuts, which can be used to dip a range of fruit and/or veggie crudités in.
Other Quick Ideas
The main idea of cocktail snacks is that they are as easy as possible to eat. In addition to preparing the above mentioned snacks, it is a good idea to have a few prepackaged items on hand such as assorted nuts, cheese straws, olives, bread sticks and dips. This will not only ensure that everyone is well-fed; it will mean that there is still something for guests to snack on if any of the cocktail party food spoils or does not turn out as initially expected.
Preparing enough delicious food for a small or large group of guests can be a challenging task, especially if there are multiple foods that need to be served hot. If you are in the process of planning a cocktail party for friends, family or colleagues and you aren’t sure where to start, we will be able to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.