Small Event Hosting
Being an extrovert, I love hosting my friends all the time. And when I have people over I feel that presentation is basically the most important part of welcoming everyone in for an great time, even if it isn't some extravagant dinner party. And let's be honest, who doesn’t want everything to be basically Instagram ready?
My friends do say I’m a little obsessed with presentation, so if you’re like me and you like everything to look staged, the only thing you need to do is get some really cool serving dishes and it does most of the work for you. If you couldn’t tell already, I love everything in white because it makes it easy to get things that aren’t in the same set but still match, which gives you the ability to build up as you go. Also, I feel like wild color or pattern dishes can take away from the pop that the food can give.
The best part about good presentation is that it makes it look like you've spent a long time trying to get everything to look perfect, when really it's as simple as how you arrange the food on the dish. It's important most of all to have a variety of options like a small medium and large bowls and plates, along with mini bowls for dips, salsas, hummus, or any other condiments.
What it comes to what you put on your serving set, the key is also to have a variety of food options so you cast a wide enough net to appeal to everyone but limit it enough you can replenish everything easily and still look like an attentive host. As a rule I generally stick to some variation the following which the image above reflects:
- 1 fruit option: typically sliced apple
- 1-2 cheese options: anything of your choice
- 1 meat option: try a pepper salami
- 1 carb option: baguette or cracker option for cheese
- 1 sweet option: anything that presents/stacks well like cookies
Finally, If you want to throw a little extra fun into he mix, get a fun game like Cards Against Humanity that you can have on hand. Games are a perfect option for when you aren't going to provide a full dinner, or a simple snack set up can be a great supplement an already planned game night. Card games are a great way in general to loosen up a group especially if there are some new faces in the mix.
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