Setting Up for Memorial Day
This won’t be a grilling post as there’s usually a lot around this time. Instead, I wanted take a moment to talk about setting up and different appetizers. Whenever you have a party, there is always that one friend or family member that arrives early. I mean super early. The first time it happened to me, my sister and I were having a fondue party. Two and a half hours before the party started a guest arrived. We weren’t dressed. We also were just finishing chopping the veggies for the fondue. The guest comes in the kitchen and looks around. My sister and I were shocked. We offered her something to drink but, she said she was going to meet a friend and come back.
15 minutes before the party starts, people start rolling in. We have everything done, we’re dressed now. We have plenty of food and alcohol. Then, that early guest comes back with groceries. I asked why and she said because it didn’t seem like we had enough food so she brought some for me to cook. I said you came early; it just wasn’t done. Why would I throw a party and not have food? (I didn’t say this part out loud). Cut to me making her rice and other items she brought from the store. Needless to say, she was never invited to another one of our parties again.
This post is to help protect you from those early, or even late arrivers, to make sure they have something to eat.
I usually go with chips or toasted bread. It’s always good to have a combo of sorts. This time, I used blue tortilla chips, green bean crisps, and beet chips. Always serve a variety of cold dips. I did two types of salsa (one hot and one mild), spinach artichoke, and guacamole. Bean dip or even hummus are great options too.
This can be a dip that’s sweet, cookies, or even just a fruit tray. This time, I did fruit with a sweet dip. I try to avoid fruits that people are allergic too. Most common fruit allergies are strawberries, bananas, kiwis, and citrus fruits. Of course, you can’t please everyone but guests don’t often tell you what they’re allergic to. It’s good to try and be on the safe side anyway.
Unless you are serving a veggie dinner, it’s good to have something light that people can munch on without guilt. I always have a veggie tray at any party I host. Or, if someone begs to bring something, I tell them to bring a veggie tray. This time, I had both a tray and a simple salad.
You’re already making a nice meal but, I always add an extra something on the appetizer table. This could be something warm in a crockpot like meatballs, chicken wings, or braised beef. You can do shrimp cocktail or even a new recipe you’ve been wanting to try. We served deviled eggs and celery stuffed with cream cheese dip. Simple, yet satisfying.
Be sure to comment below and let me know what you like to serve for appetizers at your parties or stories of your early arrivers.
Peace and Love 😊