Party Planning - Appetizers
In my opinion, there is nothing so tempting or pleasing to the eye as the presentation of a beautiful food or dessert platter. Guest love them and they require little effort to create. A food platter can be made up of many different things, it's really up to individual tastes and preferences. Food and dessert platters can be created to entertain a few people or a room full of guests. They are a convenient choice as you can prepare them ahead of time and they are ready to serve in the event of unexpected company. Especially at Christmas, when you know people are going to show, you just don't know when, but voila!, you have a platter prepared ahead of time and you are admired by your guests as a Suzie Homemaker!
A Platter is also a great item to bring along to someone else's party or event. Platters offer a variety of choices, surely one to please a lot of people and they present as something that you put a lot of time and effort into creating. It is easy to have an equally pleasing looking platter as the store bought ones and doing it yourself guarantees maximum freshness. So go ahead, put together a creative platter, use your imagination and have fun! I know what you're thinking "Wow, she's rather enthusiastic about Platters". Yes I am, some of my favourites include: meat and cheese, sandwiches and dips, hors d'oeuvre trays, fresh fruits and dip, veggies and dip, nuts and candies and also trays containing an assortment of freshly baked treats. Don't forget that these platters can also be given as gifts. I receive a tray of fresh baked cookies and homemade chocolates from a friend every Christmas and it's one of my favourite gifts, one I look forward to every year.Below are some ideas for platters you can prepare at home to share with guest or if desired, to give as gifts:
Meat & Cheese Platters
Meat & Cheese
Assortment of sliced or cubed Mild Cheddar, Marble Cheddar, Havartiand thinly Sliced Black Forest Ham, Cooked Chicken Breasts and Roast Beef, Accompanied with Kalamata Olives. Add garnishes such as lettuce and cherry tomatoes.
A nice cold cut platter offers a combination of thinly sliced cold cuts including Ham, Turkey or any other desired deli meats. Accompanied with Sweet Bread and Butter Pickles
A great snack tray includes Mild Cheddar, Monterey Jack Jalapeno, Havarti and a variety of smoked sausage including Garlic Coil, Pepperoni Sticks or any other desired variety. Accompanied with Kalamata Olives.
Cheese & Hors d'oeuvre Platters
A tray of speciality cheeses such as Camembert, Smoked Apple Cheddar, Boursin, Rosenborg Blue, Capriny Goat and Mini Babybel Cheese makes a lovely tray for entertaining. Grapes make a lovely garnish for this type of tray.
Arrange this tray with a colorful display of cubed or sliced Canadian cheeses including Mild Cheddar, Marble Cheddar, Canadian Swiss, Havarti and Monterey Jack. Accompanied by green and red grapes and some scattered strawberry slices.
Pickle & Olive
A tasty choice to go with any buffet, this tray consists of an assortment of Green Sicilian Olives, Baby Gherkins, Crispy Dills, Kalamata Olives, Pickled Oninons and Sweet Bread and Butter Pickles. A lovely addition to this trays appeal is some scattered cherry tomatoes.
You can't go wrong with a tray of assorted sandwiches. If you want to add an even nicer touch you can make the sandwiches on homemade, freah baked bread. It's also nice to have some prepared on whole wheat or multi-grain bread. Favourites include: Ham & Swiss, Roast Beef & Cheddar, Vegetarian with Cheddar,Turkey & Mayo or Pastrami with Mustard.
A lovely tray is a spinach dip centered within a Sourdough Loaf, and accompanied with slices of Sourdough Bread and French Baguette rounds for dipping. A bunch of crisp green grapes make a lovely addition to this type of tray.
Fruit & Veggies Platters
Your guests will love a tray of fresh hand-cut seasonal fruit that's washed and ready to enjoy. These trays are especially delicious when accompanied by a complimentary dip, such as yogurt dip.
Vegetable trays are perfect for almost any occasion. A variety of fresh-cut vegetables, washe and ready to serve are perfect for entertaining. Favourites include: tomatoes, carrots, sugar snap peas, borccoli, cauliflower, celery and a creamy ranch dip.
Baked Treats & Breakfast Platters
Classic Dessert Tray
You can create a classic platter that combines all the favourites such as Buttertart Bars, Nanaimo Bars, Carrot Cake and assorted Brownies.
Cheesecake Squares Tray
Yummy!!! One of my fav's. Indulge your guests with mini Cheesecake Squares in flavours of your choice. For a decadent tray include Turtle Cheesecake, New York Style and White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Squares. Trust me, you will be the talk of the party!
Layered Cake Tray
Luscious layer cake trays featuring Chocolate Layer Cake, Lemon & Cream and Strawberry Shortcake make a delicious dessert tray. The tray look so decadent when the little pieces of cake are arranged in paper holder such as cupcake holders. It's a special treat any guest would love to indulge in.
What overnight guests wouldn't love waking up to a beautifully arranged tray of Danishes and Croissants. This tray could include items such as Butterhorns, Danishes and bite size Croissants. An assortment of Muffins is also a nice touch. This tray is great for an early morning meeting or mid-morning social event as well.
These are just some ideas of platters you can create at home. The list goes on and on, you just have to use your imagination. A few other platters not featured here which are also very popular among guests are: Sushi Platters, Chocolate Dipped Fruit Platters, Coffee Break Goodies Platters and Platters made up of an assortment of Festive Candies. Have fun, create your perfect platter and enjoy the praise you are going to receive from your very appreciative guests.
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