When hosting it is so easy to get caught up serving everyone else. As a result, I spend the whole time in the kitchen and don’t get to actually enjoy the festivities myself. Therefore, I’m sharing my best tips so you can get out of the kitchen and into the party!
Prepare Food Ahead of Time: Do as much prep work in advance as possible. For example, slice all veggies, arrange baking trays, and prep any items that can be stored safely. Then, all you have to do is add finishing touches to all your recipes.
Ask Others to Pitch-In: Don’t be shy to ask for help! More often than not, people are more than willing to bring along a dish of their own. This is a great way to reduce your workload and offers a chance for everyone to try new recipes.
Keep Items Bite-Sized: When planning the menu, consider items that can be eaten in one or two bites such as my Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How many appetizers should I serve per person?
In general, a good rule of thumb is to provide a selection of 6 appetizers per person for a dinner party and 12 appetizers per person when hosting a cocktail party. This allows guests to explore a variety of fun flavors.
What are the best appetizers to prep ahead of time?
Any appetizer that can be stored is ideal for prepping ahead of time. Dips, baked goods, fruit skewers, etc. all fall into this category. Avoid prepping items such as sandwiches with heavy spreads or vegetables that may become soggy too far in advance.
What are the best portable appetizer recipes to bring to a loved ones house?
When it comes to transportable appetizers, simple recipes are your go-to. Dips, skewers, and items such as Indian Spiced Nuts or Baked Corn Tortilla Chips homemade chips that can be placed in a single container are your new best friend!
Your fork is waiting.
Mexican Layered Hummus Dip
4.34 stars average
Filled with creamy hummus, ground sirloin, and plenty of cheese, this warm Mexican Layered Hummus dip is a total crowd-pleaser and the ultimate party dip!
Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.
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