Putting Together the Perfect Appetizer Tray

Whether you are hosting a huge holiday celebration for family or a quiet gathering for your neighborhood book club, the food you serve can make the difference between an average event and something spectacular. Pick up some items for your guests to nosh on from the hot food displays at your favorite local store or make a few of your own recipes for them to savor. The ingredients for an excellent appetizer spread are easy.

  1. A Variety of Meats and Cheeses

Put out an assortment of cheddar and swiss for people to put on crackers. Add in some salami and pepperoni. If you want to provide a heartier selection, try some meatballs or chicken wings as part of what you offer. Add some sauces on the side like mustard and barbeque so people can customize food to their liking.

  1. Something Sweet

Dried fruits provide a sugary balance to your plate without overloading your guests with calories. Apricots are a great choice, as are dates and figs. Dark chocolate can satisfy a sweet tooth, too, while also offering some health benefits.

  1. Veggies and Dip

Offer some alternatives to chips and put a rainbow of vegetables out for people to grab. Cucumbers, carrots, and celery sticks are all excellent options. Look for fresh, seasonal items for your area. Serve these with ranch dip or even a spicy salsa packed with tomatoes, onions, and peppers. You could also offer a warm option like nacho cheese.

Your guests will appreciate the variety of options you provide. If you don’t want to do it all yourself, ask people to bring a dish to share. Food helps make a gathering enjoyable, but it is you and your friends and loved ones that make it memorable. Take this opportunity to get creative and show off your skills!