The nice thing about my style is it easily transitions from fancy to finger foods with little effort. But you still have to know the Who, Why and What of any occasion. A little family gathering to wish my daughter well on the day she returned from Mazatlan, Mexico and the day before she is heading off Paris, France.
Even for a simple get together you have to plan, shop, prep and serve. Time is always the enemy. You can make up for a lot of other issues but you can't ever get time back. In this case our guest would be coming and going over a four hour period. So we kept the menu a Chippy Dippy spread with some Spicy BBQ Chicken Wings, Pesto Pasta Salad and Finger Sandwiches to fill in for the more hearty eaters.
Success is easy to measure just look around and count the smiles. This menu style is easy to plan and allows for a lot of variation. Because there is a guest flow to the party all the food doesn't need to be prepared ahead of time. I like to keep things going by putting out the food in stages which keeps things fresh while at the same time by spacing out the food those who arrive a little late still have a chance at a fresh item.
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