You’re hosting a party in a few weeks and there’s the need to settle on a menu. One idea is to go with finger foods and allow everyone to help themselves. A different approach is to provide plates of food for each guest with the option of second helpings. Before deciding which strategy is best, take the time to consider these factors.
What’s the reason for holding the party? Some types of celebrations lend themselves more to serving plated food. Others are ideal for setting up a display of finger foods and letting everyone help themselves. Based on the reason for the gathering, one is bound to be better than the other.
For example, is the plan for everyone to come over and watch a sporting event via broadcast television or online streaming? This sort of casual party calls for laying out a nice spread of finger foods so the guests can nibble whenever the mood strikes.
When the idea is to host a party in honor of an elderly parent’s birthday, something more formal is a good approach. Go with plated foods served at the dining room table. Remember to hire wait staff who can refill glasses, provide second portions, and in general make sure everyone has a wonderful time eating and visiting with one another.
Your budget for the party is also something to consider. While there are exceptions, finger foods are often more affordable than going with appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts for a formal dinner party. If there is the need to keep the overall cost within a certain range, talk with a caterer about how much each approach would cost per guests.
There are other factors to consider, including the time of day and how many guests will be present. Sit down with a professional and work on the menu planning. It will soon be obvious which approach will be right for that upcoming event.