To begin with ham salad is a retro party beginning. Ham salad has always been a great favorite on a party table. Other classic starters include a cheese ball which can be made with your choice of soft cheeses. The cheese ball can be made two days ahead of time. Other starters can be sweet caramel popcorn which is usually a favorite of both adults and children and easy to grab and eat. Think of creating a platter of lemon marinated shrimp or perhaps some sliced smoked salmon which is also a favorite of many. The important thing is to decide how many starters you’ll have so people will not be full when the main meal is served.
When it comes to drinks there are many different choices among them can be choosing a cocktail and making it ahead of time and serving it in a pitcher. You might consider also making a sangria based punch which a lot of people enjoy. You don’t want anything too strong or heavy so people can enjoy the food that is served.
When it comes to holidays people enjoy a classic holiday ham which is easy to serve. You might also consider a roast turkey which many people enjoy and can slice how much they like. Depending on how many people are invited some hosts choose to serve both ham and turkey which usually are served buffet style.
Sides usually require more consideration. There are people who enjoy having a salad and other who want to have side dishes with vegetables both cooked and raw. It is always best to choose to have a mix of sides like some salads and some vegetables so people can choose what they like.
When it comes to dessert it depends from person to person. Many look forward to some sweet treats while others have been filled up by the delicious food. You can make it simple by not serving heavy cakes but making some fruit pies, baking brownies which are easy to take and eat and even different baked cookies.
Usually it is advisable that you make a list of all the foods you plan to serve and make it so that the foods served can be eaten at room temperature Also that they can sit out on the table without having to be refrigerated or put away after a while. In this way people can serve themselves as much as they want.
Consider how many adults and children will be at the party so that the menu includes things that both can enjoy. Also consider what your guests dietary needs might be.
When it comes to drinks if you are not going to have a bartender it is best not to have an open bar but instead to serve on specific kind of cocktail or make a large punch. Make sure there is plenty of juice and soda on hand for the children and for the adults who do not drink.
Make sure if you are serving everything buffet style that all the foods you serve can be easily placed on dishes and held in laps as it is eaten. You might consider a small table for the children so that they can eat on their own.
Then all that is left is for you to decide on is the party decorations and the decorations on the buffet table. If you are lighting candles on the main table make sure that the children cannot reach them.