Choosing an Event of Hors D’oeuvres or Full Meals


When you host an event that you expect to take a few hours, the food is going to be one of the main parts that guests will remember when they depart. With that being the case, most hosts are well aware of how important it is to serve the right menu and keep everyone in a good mood.

But what might not be as apparent is how much of the right menu to serve to your guests. Choosing whether to serve hors d'oeuvres or a full meal is every bit as important as choosing what to serve, because if there's too little food, your guests are going to leave disappointed and earlier than they would have. Too much food will result in either your guests being unable to enjoy the rest of the festivities or you having more leftovers than you can manage.

What you need to do is be honest with yourself as far as the event, the time of day and the type of activities that you'll be engaging in after eating. If you're planning a shorter event that's early in the day, a plate of hors d'oeuvres works well, as it satisfies hunger without being overwhelming or causing havoc with the rest of the day. The same is also true with an event where your guests will be active, because few people want to be active on a full stomach. Taking this route also allows your guests a variety of tastes without becoming uncomfortable.

Conversely, a later, low-key event is perfect for a full meal that caters to guests' tastes. In longer events like these, the meal is often the main attraction or close to it, so it should be something filling and memorable. This is especially true when guests are likely to head straight home afterwards, as they won't want to be scouring for restaurants when many have closed for the night.


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