Monday, March 25, 2013

Engagement Party Appetizer Menu

I truly realize just how lucky I am. I don't just work in an exciting industry where the special event is king, but the unique opportunity to have a part of those small but monumental moments in a family's life. One such occasion that certainly deserves a celebration is a couple right after the announcement "were getting married!"

Isn't it great to be at the beginning? Before the showers, rehearsal and the epic reception....a sweet little gathering to kick it engagement party!

An engagement party is traditionally thrown by the bride's parents, but many gatherings are hosted by the grooms family, friends or the couple themselves. Plan the event within a few weeks to a couple of months after the engagement. The purpose of an engagement party is to introduce family and your closest friends, so keep your list guest list small. Your entertaining style should allow for guests to meet and mingle, so consider appetizers on buffet as an option.

When deciding a buffet appetizer menu, choose foods that are portable, simple to eat and appeal to multiple generations. Even if you know the bride and groom to be, you may not know any special diet and eating patterns of the other guests. Having a varied menu will make your guests feel comfortable.

The following is the menu from an Engagement Party for 40 guests. It offers a balance of hot and cold appetizers as well as many meat free and gluten free choices. More importantly, it's good!

Ginger Sesame Pork Loin Platter with Sesame Noodles
Caprese Skewers
Goat Cheese Tart with Red Onion Marmalade
Roasted Red Pepper Hummas with Pita Chips
Shrimp Gazpacho 
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Blue Balls of Fire with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce
Petite Stuffed Potatoes 
Chicken Potstickers with Sweet Chili Sauce
Sweetened Marscapone Stuffed Strawberries

Arranged on a dining room table these dishes become the centerpiece of the party where best wishes and congratulations add sparkle. The party becomes the kick off for exciting wedding plans and a beginning of a beautiful... celebration marathon!


Kim said...

Great tips, Renee! And congrats on the new look!


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Paul D. Mitchell said...

Thanks a lot for the outstanding menu. These will really help a party to be appetizer. Thanks for sharing.


Linda Omura said...

That Goat Cheese Tart looks wonderful!

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Your appetizer menu is just awesome. I would also keep this appetizer menu in my engagement party. I just love these type of foods!

Mario Carino said...

I've never seen such great appetizers in my life. It is really a great post!

Here is my feedback: It would be nice as well if those appetizers are served in a debut party to make a little bit of different touch.

It will surely compliment all debut themes because they look great.

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