HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >

Discussion

What do you serve people when you invite them over after dinner?

I have a new home. Lots of people want to come for a quick visit. Any ideas for food to have on hand?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Something that's simple and I know how to cook well. No point in being tied to a stove when you have visitors, and only you know what your capable of.

    1. Alcohol, Nuts and Cheese......coffee, tea and cookies for those who do not imbibe

      1. Cheese & crackers, fruit, a bowl of nuts or other salty snack like chips or pretzels, dessert of some sort such as cookies, cake, pie, or other pastries with coffee, flavored tea or other non alcoholic beverage. I wouldn't offer alcohol unless I knew if the guests actually drank. I also wouldn't go to the trouble of offering food if they are coming after dinner and staying for less than an hour. A drink should suffice.

        1. pastry, coffee, tea, cookies, wine.

          1. at your nearest Asian grocer get Japanese rice crackers (the assorted kind with lots of seaweed bits) and make a big batch of what otherwise would have been chex-mix to just have around, using a bit of sesame oil with the butter, unusual enough to not seem thoughtless, yet easy enough to not seem trouble.