What type of food should I serve at my event?
The type of food that is served at a certain event is one of the factors that makes the event memorable. (And that can be in a good or bad way.) Ask yourself these questions to help with the first step of food planning: Is the type of food appropriate for this party? Is there a variety of dishes for my guests to choose from? Will the food satisfy the party goers enough to want to return to a future party I host? To assist yourself further in food planning, follow these guidelines to learn what to serve depending on the event you’re hosting:
Birthdays, Game Nights, and Graduations
These are informal events, but you would want to serve more than just chips and dipping sauces. Expand the food choices by adding fast food dishes that will appeal to various palates, especially children: burgers, fries, pizza, fried chicken, tacos, barbecue ribs, soda, etc. And don’t forget dessert items that can be homemade or store-bought: cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, brownies, cookies and any other sweet item.
Weddings and Anniversaries
Pizza and chips with ranch dip may be okay for a sports event, but those would be way out of place for parties where dressing up is required. You will need to look for fancy, more expensive foods: sushi, caviar, prime rib, lobster, shrimp cocktail, etc. Dessert has to be more than a one-layer, home-baked cake. You will need to shop around in upscale places for sweets such as multilayer cakes, tiramisu, and éclairs.
Thanksgiving and Christmas Parties
When it comes to holiday parties, you have to find a happy medium in the food department. Burgers and fries are too casual, and prime rib is a bit extreme. Go with home-cooked dishes that take a few hours to prepare: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, yams, among other similar foods.