You may find it a bit overwhelming when trying to come up with a menu for your upcoming party. You should consider the various dietary restrictions your guests may have and the availability of the ingredients you want to use. To make the activity exciting, here’s what you need to consider.
Style and Timing
You should consider the style of the upcoming party before coming up with the menu. Make a decision on whether it will take place in an outdoor or indoor setting. To avoid the last-minute rush, be sure to prepare the menu early. Avoid including the same food in every course. You can use different ways to transform an ingredient in each menu course.
For full meals, you can consider buffets or a few course meals. For bites, you have an endless list of bites to choose from such as hot dogs and popcorn.
Colour and Temperature Considerations
Picture how the meals will look like when served on the plate. Ensure that the meals have different colours to make them appear diverse. For instance, you can add broccoli to a chicken meal. Be sure to vary the food temperature. You can include a salad course that represents cool temperature. It is also important to consider the weather conditions of the venue where the party will take place. In this case, your menu should include hot heavy meals in the winter and light meals in the summer.
Familiarity and Costs
Avoid using recipes that you are not familiar with. It is easier to create a menu with tried and tested recipes. Your expenses on the ingredients should match the type of party you’re hosting. If it’s a formal party, the expenses may be slightly higher than those of a casual party.
Other considerations include the food allergies that your guests might have. They also include the holiday traditions and themes that you like to adopt in your dining room and kitchen. Ensure that you have enough plates for serving a dessert course or a salad.