Cocktail parties are easy to plan and fascinating yet they are inexpensive. You can even afford to serve caviar and still have some money left since you will only be serving small bites. Below are cocktail party menu ideas and recipes.
When planning a party, you should choose a theme. A creative party will make your party to feel special without adding additional expense to your cocktail party and it will help you in coming up with ideas for drinks, decorations and foods.
Cocktail parties are the best opportunity to try out some unusual fine dining recipes. Try something new then fill up the menu with other recipes that you have made in the past and foods that do not need to be cooked such as nuts and olives. If one menu will not be a great success, there will be plenty of backups.
A good menu does not meant that the recipe needs to be time consuming or difficult. Your menu can simply consist of five simple food provided that each recipe will have a different flavor, texture and temperature so that your guests are not going to be bored.
If the cocktail party will be taking place during lunch or dinner time and you are going to be having a meal to your guests, you should consider coming up with your menu as though it was for a regular meal with different courses. You can choose to start with lighter appetizers and then follow with your main dish. You can then end with sweet treats such as chocolate truffles which will signal that the party is coming to an end.
You should ensure that vegetarians are also catered for. Twenty to thirty percent of your menu should be meatless. This is essential for vegetarians who will be part of the crowd although it will also add variety for the rest of your guests.
To make sure that you have sufficient food, you should stock up on fillers such as olives, nuts, dips and bread sticks. These are going to save you if your guests are really hungry or if unexpected guests pop in. You can also set up cheese tray with spiced jams and honey, crackers and bread. When it comes to serving fine Italian cuisine, the trick is to keep it simple and bite sized.