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M.I.S.S. Healthy Bites: Hooray for Hors d’oeuvres!

Oh, you fancy huh?

Oh, you fancy huh?

A party is just not a party without food, and whoever told you otherwise doesn’t know how to party.  Any kind of event should have some sort of food for the guests, whether it be something simple like fruits, cheese, and crackers, something elaborate like a full buffet spread, or for the best of both worlds, fancy appetizers.  This week, let’s praise the hors d’oeuvres for giving us just a taste of something delicious without having to unbutton our pants.

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Sometimes I leave a party feeling like I just put on 10 pounds.  These parties are typically family parties, picnics, or potlucks.  The food table is usually packed with 20 different dishes, and I want to try each and every one.  If I happen to like what I taste, I’ll pile more on my plate- then regret it right after my last bite.

Other times, especially at social events, the only thing for a woman to eat are the cherries at the bar.  Between parading around in heels, mingling with strangers, and dancing up some dust, I get so hungry all I can think about is ditching the spot and hitting up the taco truck for a regret-filled burrito.  Somehow the overindulgent gluttony monster only attacks after hours.

Why don’t people just realize that if they serve hors d’oeuvres at their function, instead of all or nothing, then people will be happier.  If I’m with some family and friends, I’d have a much more enjoyable time if I wasn’t suffering from food coma.  And if I’m out on the town, enjoying myself with fine beverages, I’d equally want to enjoy some fine food, but just enough to steer me away from the late night munchies.

Luckily, some people out there are on to this concept of simply satisfying the guest with just a little treat.  I went to a kids birthday party and embraced the short and sweet menu of spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread.  Everyone’s food was plated and portioned out, meaning less waste from those who tend to have googly eyes when it comes to the buffet line.  I’ve also been very impressed with the way that some event planners “cater” to their guests.  It makes it even better when servers actually walk around with hors d’oeuvres platters because it gives you a chance to take a quick taste of something without overindulging.  I loved the watermelon and chili at a Sunglass Hut and Macy’s event, M.I.S.S. BLB couldn’t pass up the chorizo at the Vans x Claw Money release, and the other night, I munched on a chicken skewer as I maneuvered through the crowd.

There are plenty of benefits for serving hors d’oeuvres at your party.  Think about it: less food means less money, which also means less overeating!   Try these tips when planning food for a party:

  • Skip the big dishes.  Throwing everything in a big baking pan might be easy, but it might not be easy on your wallet, or your party people’s stomachs.  Substitute large party dishes for a few small appetizer plates and you’ll find that people don’t need to be stuffed to be happy.
  • Go with the seasons.  Use seasonal fruits and vegetables not only because they taste better, but because they’re also cheaper!  If you have many mouths to feed, make sure you’re not breaking the bank to do so.
  • Make the vegetables stand out.  Meat can get expensive, so use vegetables as the star!  I’m not saying to cut out meat completely, but if you use less, you’ll save more.  Plus, vegetables are packed with different nutrients, so make sure to choose a variety to keep your party on the healthy tip.
  • Take your time.  Making hors d’oeuvres can be quite time consuming.  Imagine, those things are like little pieces of art!  But it will be totally worth it when you impress your folks with your fancy skills.

If you’re not the ultimate party hostess, but rather the supreme party-goer, make sure you think of your health while grubbing down at a party.  Munch on a few hors d’oeuvres instead of a packed plate, and you’ll have plenty of life left to party.

What’s your favorite party food?

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One Response to “M.I.S.S. Healthy Bites: Hooray for Hors d’oeuvres!”

  1. Skimkim Skimkim says:

    We used to cater tons of events back in the day. My favorites include the my ode to Fish & Chips, Tempura Cod w/ Fresh Herb Aioli on a Thick Cut Yukon Potato Chip topped w/ Caperberry & then I love doing seasonal veggie pizza biancos, like Autumn Squash and Wild Mushroom w/ Fresh Rosemary,Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese. Soooooo yummy! Check out the monthly Fagat Survey!


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