11:59pm, December 31st, 2010, youre gathered
around with your friends watching the ball drop in Times Square
listening to the count down 10
You reflect on the past year - in particular, the last
5 hours of your cocktail party. Did the appetizers come out
right? Was there enough food for everyone? Could people tell
that the food was gluten-free? Did they care? Were they just
trying to be nice?
Now lets rewind the clock to early
December plenty of time to plan your cocktail party
menu, especially with a little help from the chefs at
Glutenfreeda.com. This year we have a countdown of our own
with some great tips for your New Years Eve party.
Focus on appetizers that are naturally
gluten-free. Your hors doeuvres wont taste funny
(or gluten-free) because they are what they are supposed to
be naturally authentic. This will also help you out
because you wont have to hunt for special gluten-free
items you can actually shop at the grocery store! What
If hors doeuvres are the only
food offered at your party there should be at least 6 different
appetizers figuring 2-3 pieces per person per appetizer.
To calculate for hors doeuvres
not in pieces (like dips or pâtés) assume 1 ounce
is equal to 1 piece.
Create a balance between hot and
If you are planning on having 20-25
guests or more for hors doeuvres you should include
some bulk type items in your menu. Otherwise you
will find yourself making hundreds of little things.
For an hors doeuvre party where
you are not planning on serving a meal, plan on
serving some more substantial items with small plates and
Be creative with your serving dishes.
Plan some hors doeuvres to be served in fun cocktail
glasses for a festive touch.
Plan desserts that can be served
in bite-size portions and that can be prepared a day or so
Stock up on liquors and wine. Unless
you plan on hiring a professional bartender, sometimes it
is easier and more fun to serve just one type of cocktail,
made up in batches. Or display just the four basic liquors
Scotch, Bourbon, Gin & Vodka along with an assortment
of appropriate mixers, a bucket of ice and glasses of various
Once the party has started, sit back,
relax and enjoy! Dont fret about the little things.
Most likely you will be the only one who will notice if forgot
the garnish on the shrimp!
Here is a great New Years Party menu
that combines both appetizers and a couple substantial soups
for your guests to enjoy!
Happy New Years from Glutenfreeda!