When it comes to hosting a party, one of the most common questions is “what am I going serve my guests to eat”?
We love the idea of simple yet stunning gourmet snack platters, which not only look amazing but taste amazing as well! These are a quick and easy way to feed guests with minimal mess and preparation whilst still impressing them with your skill in putting together a sensational smorgasbord of yummy eats.
The first thing you need is a reasonably sized platter/board to serve your delicious eats on. Have a look in your kitchen cupboards and don’t be afraid to get creative! It may even be worth considering renting or buying one. For a modern look, try wooden boards. You can use a variety of shapes and sizes of platters or cluster a few small bowls on a tray.
Once you have selected your platter, you then have to decide on what type of platter, or platters, you will be serving. The choices are endless but to start you off, here are a few options to consider:
Meat platters are super yummy and you can use an assortment of cold meat cuts, salami sticks, pâte, olives, capers and pickled foods (e.g. cocktail gherkins, pepperdews, onions, etc.)
Cheese platters are always a winner and you can include an assortment of cheeses (hard and soft), savoury biscuits, breads, nuts (try putting nuts on top of a whole cheese and drizzle some honey on top), fresh fruits (e.g. grapes, figs, strawberries, raspberries), dried fruit (e.g. raisins), olives and capers.
If you are having a morning function, why not have a breakfast platter? You can include an assortment of pastries, mini croissants (these can have fillings like cheese and ham or cream cheese and salmon), mini muffins, scones, fresh fruit, pancakes or flapjacks, hard boiled eggs, cheeses, cold meats and sandwiches too. Don't forget the condiments and jams! Serve with tea, coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy.
The options here are limitless - pick your favourites and go for it. Top tip: try colour coding your sweets to match your theme colours (we recommend sticking to 3 or 4 colours for the best impact).
Other platter ideas are Vegetarian platter, Meze platter, Fruit platter and combinations of the above platters are also a great idea. Don’t forget dips and spreads as an option, which can be added to almost any platter.
Assembly and arrangement of your platter
This is the most crucial part of the process as people eat with their eyes first and this will go a long way into impressing your guests. A less structured arrangement is the modern take on the old classic. Scatter your eats over a wide, flat surface or arrange in little clumps with space in between. Remember, variety is the key e.g. if you are serving olives on your platter try a variety of different colours and stuffed options.
Top tricks and tips: add a few sprigs of fresh herbs to a platter to give it a rustic and artisanal feel (e.g. sprigs of rosemary on a cheese platter).
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