Whether you’re buying food online or preparing party dishes in your own kitchen, coming up with a delectable menu is an important part of planning an unforgettable party.
For some people, this may seem like a daunting task; but the truth is, you don’t have to be a world-famous chef to wow your guests with your party menu. What you need is to actually know your guests and their food preferences, the right tools, and these six fun ideas to spice up the party catering:
Create a Unique and Welcoming Menu
Unique menus sometimes cause a sense of dread in guests. If they aren’t familiar with the items in your menu or buffet table, chances are that they would only pick foods and beverages that they have already tried before.
Don’t let this hinder you from coming up with an unforgettable catering spread. Instead, use it to your advantage by creating a unique-but-welcoming mix of provisions that will make your guests want to try them all.
A great example of this is matching artisan cocktails with common comfort foods. Try serving hot chocolate spiked with bourbon and bite-sized red velvet cheesecake, or pick a hot toddy to match those mouthwatering apple cinnamon donuts.
Serve Beverages in Fruit
Serving beverages in disposable plastic cups is a no-go if you’re looking to make a great impression on your guests. Make your party thirst quenchers unique and Instagram-worthy by serving them in unusual containers—like fruit, for example.
Tropical fruits like watermelon and pineapple make great beverage containers that add both flavor and aesthetic to your party menu. You can even make them more photogenic by adding accents like cocktail umbrellas and colorful straws to make drinking with your party guests fun-filled.
Follow a Party Theme
Parties following a specific theme often become more memorable for guests, especially if the items in your menu list or buffet table follow it.
This means that if you have a unicorn party theme, your menu should also be unicorn-based— that is, composed of foods and drinks with vibrant hues and happy colors. One great dessert idea you can try is a unicorn-themed parfait made from layers of crushed cracker crumbs, creamy butter filling, and cotton candy topped with candy sprinkles and/or rainbow icing.
If your theme is focused more on the venue like pool parties, you can add unique food and beverage serving presentations like floating drink holders. These inflatable goods look a lot like floating rings that come in different designs (like flamingo and unicorn), but are small enough to hold cans of beer or soda.
Match Colors Right
A rainbow motif can be used in a wide array of party themes aside from the ever-so-popular unicorn theme. A Hawaiian luau theme can also benefit from rainbow-colored foods and drinks, like the highly Instagrammable champagne float that mixes cool sorbet with alcohol.
The bottom line is that, aside from the kind and taste, the provisions in your party menu should have matching hues with your party theme.
Innovate Serving Styles to Boost Guest Appetite
The appearance of food items or drinks can, of course, affect guest appetite greatly, so make sure to be creative in how you present your menu offerings. There are many serving styles you can try. In fact, by simply mixing and matching food and drink vessels, you can provide a unique dining experience for your guests.
Engage Guests in Preparing their Provisions
Another clever idea to boost your guests’ appetite for the event and make your party memorable is to engage them in the preparation of their own food and drinks.
You can try coming up with a do-it-yourself cocktail bar where the attendees get to mix their cocktails themselves. One good idea to avoid the guests from not liking (and throwing away) their concoctions is to have a theme for your DIY cocktail bar and include instructions on the right ingredient proportions for them to get the taste right.
Quirky Party Food Equals Endless Fun
Whether you’re organizing your child’s birthday party or just want to create an unforgettable get-together with friends, you must enhance your party menu in a way that will wow your guests. Try at least one of these clever ideas and you’re sure to have your party going viral by word-of-mouth and via social media in no time.
Jad Asaad is the Marketing Manager at Horeca Trade LLC with more than eight years of experience in digital, online and offline marketing. He started his career in Beirut working in a creative agency and then moved to Dubai to further expand his career. He created and implemented award-winning high-impact digital and offline marketing campaigns that consistently generated revenue streams and improved performance in targeted segments.