Holiday cocktail party menu-advice?
I'm having a cocktail party for 30 people- all hungry folks in their 20s and 30s. I'm starting the party at 7pm, so I'd like there to be enough food that if people don't eat dinner they won't go hungry. I'm planning on the following menu. Is there anything anyone would add?
california rolls (60 pieces)
mini frittatas (90 pieces)
smoken salmon/cream cheese tea sandwiches (90 triangles)
spinach feta pastry triangles (96 pieces)
stuffed mushrooms (90 pieces)
deviled eggs (60 halves)
antipasto spread (marinated mozzarella, soppresatta, olives, bread)
prosciutto wrapped melon (90 pieces)
guacamole & chips
white bean crostini/dip
hot spinach cheese dip
cocktail hot dogs (special husband request) (90 pieces)
maybe also either chicken salad on endive spears or roast beef mini-brioche sandwiches?
variety of desserts
I think this is very generous of you; I'd never even attempt such variety.
My suggestion is to keep in mind that there are some things that look less appealing than other things as they sit, particularly in this instance where it may not turn over quickly. For that reason I'd consider nixing or doing fewer of the deviled eggs and proscuitto with melon. However many of your other things will do fine, and the little franks will thrive!
thanks for the feedback everyone! i think i've gotten paranoid, since i've hosted christmas dinner for my husband's Italian family of 14 people for the last 2 years and they eat a TON...always a LOT more than i expect. but good to get your opinions. i'll probably cut back on the amounts and cut out 1 of the dips.
I always make too much food, but that's just the way I'm made, I'm horrified by the idea that someone might leave my house hungry (or not completely stuffed!).
What I've learned to do is make some freezable appetizers which I hold back and only serve them if they are really needed. If they're not, I have some excellent appetizers ready to pull out at a moment's notice at some later date which absolutely amazes people!
From your list above, it looks like the mini frittatas & pastry triangles qualify.
I would also drop the guacamole & chips from the menu, they don't really fit in with the rest of the menu which seems to be mostly Italian or Classic American in nature.
I agree that it's probably overkill. I would consider cutting some out - maybe paring down your dips to one instead of three? And maybe make half that many smoked salmon sandwiches (we made those for a wedding I catered and most were left). My MIL had her Christmas Open House last night and made about that much food for 50 people. Once again, we will be eating the leftovers as apps for the family dinners for the next year and a half. She had truckloads left.
Seriously, that is a lot of food for 30 people, and your estimated amounts are very generous. I can understand erring on the side of more, but be prepared for lots of leftovers, and if you are killing yourself to get all of this done, nix a couple of items.
Really, with desserts and drinks included, there's no way they will eat all of that. Unless your friends are a bunch of heathens...:}