We are getting a lot of questions about Christmas menu planning— and we love it! Certainly a holiday gathering is party planning that we can all relate! This week’s question is from Will in Washington, DC via Facebook.
I have guests coming to our small DC condo after Christmas. We would like to host a dinner-type function, but do not have a dining table and/or chairs. The total number of guests is five. Any creative thoughts on how we plan a successful finger food dinner that would be filling and flexible enough for the space limitations?
What a great question! This is one of those issues that so many people deal with, from those in urban areas, to newlyweds, to senior citizens.
The key to making a finger food meals successful isn’t necessarily in the menu choices, but in being creative in how to serve it. Want to serve soup? Put it in a shot glass or small cup. Want to serve a traditional holiday meal? Put it in a sandwich or a stack (turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce) and cut it into bite size pieces. Want to serve french fries? Put them in a cone. You get the idea.
Next tip is to have a lot of variety. When you are having a sit down meal it’s easier to keep things simple. With little bites, variety is key. Also, don’t put everything out at once. Still keep up your “courses” so everyone is excited to see what will come out next (like a tapas restaurant!)
I did put together some menu ideas (because it’s fun!) — see what you think!
Top row: shrimp and sausage, the cutest salads ever, brie on a stick
Second row: quinoa stuffed cucumber, chicken’n'waffles, mac & cheese
Third row: sweet potato rounds, beets and toast, individual berry tarts
Another good idea? Small plates. By using smaller plates that we have to refill more often, we get full faster. Seriously.
Good luck! And let us know how it goes!