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Chosing Super Party Foods That Sizzle!

Posted by: Area Tent & Canvas on 03/26/2009

You know that feeling you get after a BIG holiday meal? That tired feeling that causes you to slow down and often fall asleep?

However, when choosing foods for your party or special event, you are trying to attain the exact opposite effect. So, keeping the menu light and less filling may be the best route to a successful party.

Fruit and veggies may be the answer to all your food-planning woes. Here are some suggestions for your next party or get-together:

- Serve small bite-size appetizers such as kabobs with fresh or grilled veggies - a sure hit.

- Have frozen drink or smoothie stations handy, or you can submerge single-serve beer or soft drinks in a ice chest.

- Keep colors bright and fresh with summer fruits, vegetables, or fresh salads with vinaigrettes.

- Consider a themed menu. For example, provide fruits and vegetables that are all in the same color family.

While food choices are an important decision, food preparation and presentation is equally important. Here are a few suggestions that can help you keep food fresh and appetizing throughout the party.

- Using marble or granite serving pieces will keep your food chilled.

- Placing a damp cheesecloth over your fruits and vegetables will promote freshness and keep the flies at bay.

- Lighting citronella candles will keep the bugs and critters away.

- Consider offering an all-cold menu. It's easier to pull off and your guests will surely "warm up" to these offerings.

So with a little food imagination and planning, your party essentials come together completely... turning a lively party a GREAT party - one that will be remembered by your friends or family for years to come. Good Luck!

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