Everything you need to know about organising a canape party
Canapés have long been considered the best choice for catering private parties and corporate events. These little morsels are beautiful and delicious and allow your guests to move around, mingle and really enjoy a party without being fettered to a table or seat. With so many options to choose from, there really is something for everyone.
Most guests find eight savoury and two sweet canapé pieces more than sufficient for a four-hour function. For a reception or party between meals, three pieces of savoury and one sweet are usually enough. Of course, there will always be guests who can manage nearly double this amount, but there will also be guests who abstain completely, so the numbers usually balance out.
Choosing the right canapés
Summer events, particularly daytime events are often catered for with cold canapés, whereas evening and winter events should offer a mix of hot and cold options. If you’re serving hot and cold, make sure everyone’s tastes in both varieties are considered. A good mix of seafood, poultry, meat and vegetarian and vegan options is best. Although it can be hard to estimate the number of vegetarians and vegans at a corporate event, don’t worry; most non-vegetarians would also like to try something new, and any good event agency in Dublin will know how to get the balance right.
The tried-and-tested canapés
While food fads and trends come and go, there are a handful of traditional canapés that always produce empty plates. Tomato and mozzarella skewers with basil and olive oil, smoked salmon blinis, caviar on toast, cocktail sausages and grilled vegetable skewers are the classics. The most popular sweet options are still macaroons, fruit skewers and mini, bite-sized brownies and cakes. Covering trends such as mini hamburgers is also important, so check out a local events organiser such as http://davisevents.ie to see what currently in fashion and expected.
One of the most critical points when it comes to serving canapes is the presentation. Making sure that your individual pieces are well arranged and not placed too close together means your guests can help themselves without touching the next piece. It is also important to contrast the tray colour with the food being served for the biggest impact.