Setting up for a nice buffet might sound simple enough, though your efforts could very easily result in a display that looks more chaotic than clever. Avoid confusion and traffic jams in your buffet line by planning ahead. Eliminate the common sight of guests reaching for plates and back-tracking for utensils that they missed along the way.
Before your guests can begin to dish up their meal, they will need a plate. Stack plates at one end of the table so that guests have access to these first. Also, if you are using disposable plates remember to choose heavier ones so that the food actually stays on the plate and guests can easily carry them.
Serve dishes that your guests understand and recognize. If you decide to serve a dish that your guests may not be familiar with, create a place card so guests can easily identify the dish. Also, make sure each dish has a coordinating serving utensil so guests can easily (and quickly) dish up their food.
At the other end of your buffet table (opposite of the plates), place the silverware. Only provide utensils that your guests will need to use. If a knife is not needed, don’t offer one. This will avoid confusion and lighten the carrying load for guests. To make the grab-and-go of the silverware a breeze, wrap each set up in one napkin and secure it with a piece of ribbon or twine. Condensing the utensils and napkin will make it easier for guests to carry their plates to their seats.
Entertaining guests? A crudite platter is always a great choice when preparing light appetizers, especially this time of year! Our own garden is beginning to really take off and one of our favorite things to do is serve up what we’ve grown. Until then, we enjoy heading to the local farmers’ market and picking up veggies. Select your favorite veggies and feel free to be creative! One idea is to make a serving bowl from an artichoke — it makes for great dip presentation.
To make you simply use a knife to cut the center out of the artichoke. Once you’ve removed most of the leaves, use a metal spoon to hallow out the center before filling with your favorite dip or hummus.
What? I had you at bacon. I figured that might happen.
I recently decided since everything is better with bacon, that must be true about french fries as well. I was right, these babies are deliciously sinful. The bacon flavor combined with the crispy fry …. so good. Dip them in your favorite dipping sauce (recipe for this Sriracha mayo below) and you have a winner.
I scream, you scream …. right? It might not be summer (where you live), but around these parts we are always in the mood for a scoop (or two!) on an ice cream cone.
My pantry always seems to have an excessive amount of both chocolate and sprinkles left over from holiday baking, so when this idea came to me it seemed like the perfect way to use them up. These sprinkle-dipped cones were easy to make and a huge hit with my family. Feel free to make these cones ahead of time and store them until you’re ready to use.
Sprinkle-Dipped Ice Cream Cones
12 ice cream cones
1 pound melting chocolate
1 cup of your favorite sprinkles
To make: Melt chocolate as directed on package. Once melted, dip the rim of the ice cream cone in chocolate and then immediately into the bowl of sprinkles. Lay the cone on wax paper until the chocolate dries and hardens. Serve by scooping ice cream into cone.
Recipeoriginally created for SC Johnson Family where I am a guest blogger. See it here.
Looking for something warm, delicious and sure to please for game day? This bacon beer cheese dip will do the trick. Perfect to serve Superbowl Sunday (or anytime you want to impress your guests, really).
The main players here: cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, a bottle of good beer, garlic powder, montreal steak seasoning, Kettle Brand chips (I used Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper), and …
bacon. Cooked, chopped, amazing, bacon.
This beer cheese dip is the perfect combo of creamy, cheesy, and a little crunchy (thanks to the bacon). The Kettle Brand chips are the perfect choice for dipping because they are a bit thicker than your typical chip and have a great balance of salt and pepper which goes great with the richness of this dip.