The clock is ticking. It seems almost as if the minute hands are spinning. You just got home and have guests coming in one hour. The panic sets in. What you need in this moment are some quick and easy entertaining ideas. One simple solution is serving finger foods for parties
If you have decided to throw a last minute event, or are rushing home from a previous engagement that went too long – no worries. Panic doesn't help anything. As long as your home isn't in complete disarray, don't worry about cleaning yet.
Food and drinks come first. Keep your guests distracted with some delicious finger foods for parties and they won't notice the little dust-bunny in the corner.
Food comes First
Your best bet is no-cook, or easy cooking recipes. Finger foods are great because they require less preparation.
Think about visual impact... if it looks delicious, or colorful, it won't matter how simple the foods are.
Even if it's a casual party, pull out your best platters, dishes and crystal. While you may not have time to whip up your usual array of gourmet appetizers, using your "finest" gives the impression you went to some trouble. Try these fast and easy finger foods for parties.
- Mixing together a platter of fruits, nuts, and cheeses appeals to the savory and sweet palettes. Strawberries topped with balsamic vinegar and a bit of ricotta cheese are a tasty sweet-tart treat.
- Combine a crispy cracker or twist, like John. Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks to go with cheese, blanched vegetables like green beans or asparagus, or with a dip. Take a look at these easy recipes:
Prosciutto Wrapped Cheddar CheeseSticks w/ Grilled Asparagus (If you don't have a grill, simply steam asparagus a few minutes and chill immediately in ice water.)
- If you have more time, go ethnic. An antipasto platter has something for everyone. Roast grape tomatoes drizzled with olive oil for 40 minutes. While they are cooking, slice cucumbers, and cut pita bread into small triangles. Scoop out some plain Greek yogurt drizzled with olive oil and top with pine nuts. Add a small dish of hummus and some olives and you have a spread to impress.
- Feeling slightly more ambitious? Try bacon-tomato cups. 20 min prep: 10 min cook
- Mix 8 slices of crisp bacon (or bacon bits from a jar)
- 1 med tomato – seeded,
- ½ small red onion – chopped,
- 3 ounces shredded Swiss cheese,
- ½ cup mayonnaise,
- 1 tsp basil and set in fridge.
- Preheat oven to 375. Take one tube of flaky biscuits and separate each biscuit into thirds. Press biscuits into mini-muffin tins. Fill each biscuit cup with bacon-tomato mixture and bake for 10 minutes.
Setting the Bar
You glance at the clock and see you have about 15 minutes remaining. Time to focus on drinks. Keep the beverage choices simple and focused.
If you will be serving adult beverages and are able to pick up something or have it delivered in time, select two wines and two beers to offer. If you have liquor and mixers at the ready, set out a self-serve area. Use your best crystal.
Make sure to have a non-alcoholic option or two. Fruit juices and seltzer are a refreshing combination. If you have lemons, limes, oranges, even mint, slice them up and put them in a large pitcher of water. It looks pretty and gives plain water some pizazz.
Set a Mood
The clock is ticking, you have a mere 5 minutes left. Dim the lights a bit, or turn on table lamps or sconces. Tune into a soft music station, or plug in your iPod.
In the final moments with no time for real cleaning, wipe down surfaces with a fresh-scented cleaner, or spray just a touch or freshener in the air.
Time to Enjoy
Your hour is up. You have finger foods for parties at the ready, the stage is set, and hopefully you still have a moment to take a deep breath and relax before the doorbell rings.