Food Tips ·
Be generous. There are rarely any leftovers, and abundance
adds to that celebratory feeling.
• People eat more in cold weather and drink more in
• For more guests one makes more food, of course. Guests
at larger parties, however, generally consume fewer hors d'oeuvres
• Dips and spreads are convenient, but finger food is
more festive. You can transform a dip into canapés
by spreading it on bread or vegetable slices (precut plenty
• Hors d'oeuvres must be manageable with one hand (no
• Have nuts, pitted olives, and good cheese stocked
in case you run low on other foods.
• Pass a platter or two yourself to circulate among
your guests and encourage eating.
• Have a quiet code to signal vegetarian friends which
hors d'oeuvres they can eat (garnish those platters with watercress,
• If you expect more than ten guests, ask a friend to
assist with refills.
• Gradually increase the supply of food as the party
grows during the evening.
• For long parties or large buffets, offer a small sweet
(try Lemon Meringue Bites or Chocolate Caramel Diamonds).
• If you tolerate smokers, provide ashtrays and matches.