Whether you’re planning a swanky soirée or an intimate get-together, hosting your own cocktail party can be exciting — and a little nerve-wracking. For any occasion, the Georgetown, KY, catering experts at Miss Stephanie’s Gourmet have compiled this all-inclusive list of tips and tricks any host should know. Read on for your ultimate guide to quality cocktail party catering.
3 Cocktail Party Catering Tips
1. Keep Your Recipes Simple
The food you serve at a cocktail party should be small enough to eat with one hand. After all, the other hand will be holding a cocktail. Simple recipes, such as crostini bites, cheese boards, and kebabs, aren’t just delicious; they’re also easy to pick up and snack on while you and your guests enjoy the party.
2. Plan Ahead
A great party doesn’t have to involve emotionally exhausting recipes that require all-day prep. You should enjoy your party and mingle with your guests — which means you should plan and prep as much as possible in the days leading up to the party. Prepare dips you can finish the day of the occasion, chop your veggies the night before, and make sure you’re stocked up on mixers for at least a few signature drinks.
Above all, make your party planning easy by working with a cocktail party catering company. Caterers will provide enough food and drinks to keep your guests feeling happy and fed, which means less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family.
3. Balance Your Menu Offerings
Don’t feel pressured to make a huge range of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, Paleo, and keto foods, but you should provide at least one vegetarian option, such as veggie dips or bruschetta. Balancing your menu also involves the flavors of your foods; spicy Tex-Mex quesadillas should be offered alongside refreshing watermelon salads, and rich goat cheese dips should be balanced with a vibrant crudité.
It’s easy to miss the most important part of a party when you’re the host: enjoying yourself! Whether you need private cocktail party catering or boxed lunches, the team at Miss Stephanie's Gourmet has you covered. Proudly serving Georgetown, Lexington, and the surrounding areas, they offer everything you need for an incredible party. Call them today at (859) 806-2526 or visit their website for more information on their catering packages.