Planning an Appetizer Buffet
Go for Height:
When setting up your appetizer buffet - or any other buffet or dessert
table, make sure you set it with items at a variety of heights, allowing
your guests' eyes to travel the table and the visual appeal will make your
delicious treats look even better.
So how do you achieve this tip that comes from store merchandisers?
A buffet server with tiers is one option - they come with their own
servers or with the option to use your own plates. A variety of cake
stands helps. You can also use one of our favorite tips - canned soda.
Simply cover with a pretty napkin, linen or fabric remnant - and you'll
have a recyclable and customizable way of displaying your food.
More and more these days
we're seeing a growth in interest in cultures that enjoy relaxing over
'small bites' such as dim sum, tapas, mezes and more. This concept is a
fun, and often easy, way of providing inviting appetizers for your guests.
But, just how do you plan an
appetizer buffet? By focusing on a variety of tastes, textures and
temperatures. For a 2-3 hour event, you want your guests to
experience 10 different tastes - these can repeat during that time, so
you'd want to plan for at least 5-6 different items, providing 2-3 pieces
of each per guest.
Keep in mind these flavors:
Keep in mind these textures:
Some brief guidelines for
3 ounces per person
Cheese, 3 ounces per person
and Crackers, 2 ounces per person
2 ounces per person
Vegetables, 2 ounces per person
Fruit, 1 cup per person
1/2 ounce per person
1/2 pound per person (for cooling and consuming)
as much as you can beforehand.
Prepare more food than you estimate you'll need.
The more ice the better - salt it to cool a bottle quickly.