Post # 16
appleblossom217 : Ultimately you know your circle and what they like to eat. I think your current options sound awesome but there will always be bees who gasp at the thought of boxed mac and cheese and wouldn’t come within twelve feet of a hotdog. Wild rice and butternut squash salad sounds terrible to me lol so it all really depends on your guests. My family is doing tons of apps for Christmas dinner this year also so you have given me a few ideas!
Post # 17
I would say a veggie tray is always a good idea. If your party is later in the evening, that should be fine. If it is over the dinner hour, you could always add a crockpot with chili or mac & cheese to supplement what you already have.
Cheese boards (olives, crackers, grapes, etc) are also a huge hit with our crowd.
Post # 18
browneyedgirl24 : Agree as well.
appleblossom217 : The quantities you listed sounds like plenty, too much in fact. However there isn’t much there that eye would like to eat. You stated that you wanted it to be really nice, but a simpler menu of fresher, quality, real foods would be much nicer and more elegant than a mountain of processed food.
You know your friends though, maybe this is their jam. Eye am not on your list, the preferences of the ones who are is what matters.
(Have to use “eye” because a regular eye is coming out in symbols)
Post # 19
7 different apps with 40 of each works out to 18.6 per person or 5 per person per hour give or take (4 hour party?). Plus chips and dips and possibly veggie tray. Have you considered a meat and cheese tray?
Post # 20
I like the cocktail party vibe and it sounds like you will have enough food. The dip sounds amazing and the appetizers also sound good.
I do agree with the PP who said it sounds much more like a superbowl party and the food sounds…unhealthy IMO. For a cocktail party I would do:
– Toothpicks of caprese: grape tomato, basil leaf, small ball of mozz and drizzle with reduced balsamic, google it. It is easy to do and you can prep it earlier in the day adding the balsamic just before serving.
– Cheese and charcuterie platter(s). Get 4 cheeses, 4 meats, two crackers, dried fruits, some spreads (mustards, jams, honey), grapes, etc.
– Shrimp cocktail
– Do a couple salads- You could go a little fancier and do ceasar salads in parmesan cups or prosciutto wrapped salad. You could also keep it simple with a bowl of a salad of two.
Those are just a few ideas that would allow you to add some variety to your menu and achieve the cocktail party vibe.
Post # 21
UPDATE: Thanks to all your advice so far I am making some changes…I am going to remove the pizza bits and do a cheese, nuts and fruit tray & caprese salad on a stick…Maybe ziti and meatballs instead of BBQ meatballs?
Post # 22
You all have such great ideas!! Thank you this is helping me tremendously!!
Post # 23
appleblossom217 : Your update sounds nice! People do love a simple meatball with a toothpick, eye think the bbq meatballs are fine. Even better if you make the meatballs from scratch. You could do them in advance & stick in the freezer until needed. But buying premade isn’t a crime.
Post # 24
I have to agree with some of the Bees that your apps are not really the kind of hor d’oeuvres that would be served at a cocktail party. Nothing wrong with BBQ meatballs and pizza bites, but if you’re going for a more elegant cocktail theme, I’d swap some of your choices for things like a mini spinach quiche, lamb with mint, smoked salmon w/garnishments on one of those crouton crackers (forget the name), etc. And include some veggie options. If you’re serving at 6:30, you need to also include a few main dishes because this is dinner time. You can have your party start at like 8:30 or 9:00 if you want to stick with apps.
Post # 25
@Jewelieee: Yes definitely! I’m so glad I came here you all have been such a great help!
Post # 26
appleblossom217 : I think your revised menu sounds much more “upscale cocktail party” 🙂
rak32098 : All these suggestions sound good!
For the cooking challenged, you might also find this list of Trader Joe’s ready to go items handy if you live near one: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/best-frozen-trader-joes-apps
Post # 27
appleblossom217 : it sounds great butvi would try put a few non processed things in the mix if you want to be a bit more fancy and impressive.
An easy appertizer is the good old Italian prosciutto and melone. Its basically itsousn prosciutto wrapped around a slice of rockmelon ( don’t know what you call rockmelon in the USA but it basically the orange melon) it’s so easy to do and its delicious in its salty and sweet mix.
Another really tasty easy app is ricotta triangles. You basically mix ricotta cheese with a bit of chopped ham, salt, pepper, a few eggs, parmesan cheese and a handful of mozzarella. You then spoon a few teaspoons into some defrosted ready rolled sheets of puff pastry and fold them into triangles. You can make them as big or small as you want. You then wash them with a mix of egg and milk to make them golden when baked. These always go down a treat. I make big batches and freeze them uncooked and then just take then out and bake when required. The bonus is you can make them ahead of time, freeze them and just bung them in the oven 20 minutes before you want to serve them.
Post # 28
@cmsgirl: Wow great ideas!! I love them both!!
Post # 29
Depends on how much your friends eat and what they like to eat! Some of my friends eat like starving buffalo, while others eat like stuffed birds. Some love unhealthy food, others want organic everything. If your friends like pizza bites, then pizza bites are fine. I would just make sure you have a backup of something in case someone is real hungry or doesn’t like the appetizers. I went to a work event recently where I was allergic to half the appetizers, and I have a super common allergy so I was like wtf whoever ordered this didn’t give a thought to that. I ended up fairly hungry!
Post # 30
Some of the other Bees suggested things I was going to, like bruschetta instead of pizza bites and mini quiches. My friends and I do these kind of appetizer parties and they’re a lot of fun because we also have a theme. (My personal favorite was the breakfast one). Meat and cheese trays are huge with my friends and since you’re having alcohol, I think you’ll be surprised at how much people will eat, especially if the party will last for several hours. People will be nibbling all night.
Another idea for keeping it on the “fancier” side are bacon wrapped figs (or dates). While most people don’t think of popcorn as “fancy”, there are a lot of recipes using popcorn that are awesome! My favorite is dark chocolate with salted carmel popcorn and in fact I’m making it tomorrow for a party.