We all know that party platters are the best and most delicious way to kick off any function. We have gathered our TOP 10 TIPS to help you assemble the perfect platter, turning you into the ultimate entertainer this festive season!
1. CHOOSE QUALITY
Try not to skimp on quality and instead select the tastiest and most delicious food to serve to your guests. They will immediately appreciate the goodness hitting their taste-buds and your event will kick off to a great start. When introducing fruits or vegetables, pick ones that are in season to ensure freshness and the best taste.
2. ADD COLOUR & TEXTURE
You may have heard the saying ‘people eat with their eyes’ and they certainly do! Adding a variety of different colours and textures to your platter will really create a wow-factor. Include fresh fruit and vegetable dips as pops of colour and then scatter around nuts, crackers & cheese for added texture.
3. KEEP IT BITE SIZED
Keep everything bite sized as food items that are too big will be awkward to eat. A quick bite also means that your guests can snack while still holding a conversation.
4. USE A VARIETY
Diversity is key. Don’t just choose one dip, cheese or cracker. Include multiple kinds so people can choose different flavour combinations and keep coming back to try more!
5. SERVE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
This means no hot foods or items that will melt. A platter is made to be grazed on throughout the day or night, so do not include anything on there that will spoil too soon. Also remember that cold temperatures mute flavour, so take dips, cheeses and fruit out of the fridge half an hour before serving.
Start with the biggest items first, ie. dips and cheeses, then crackers followed by smaller items to fill in the gaps.
Don’t be afraid to layer items. Use mini bowls or plates to create height and dimension.
Place similar items together. Since most things will touch one another, it is best to ensure one food will not spoil another e.g placing olives next to fruit may give the fruit a brine taste.
If you want to achieve an abundant-looking, fuller platter you can use salad leaves, herbs, nuts, etc. to fill in space.
5. FINAL TOUCHES
Don’t forget to add a knife so people can cut cheese and spread dips.
OUR PLATTER ESSENTIALS
Choosing platter ingredients can be hard. Use our list of favourite platter additions for inspiration:
FRUIT AND NUTS
- Tamari Almonds
- Roasted & Lightly Salted Pistachios
- Oven Roasted Cashews
- Dried Apricots (sulphur-free)
- Medjool Dates
- Fresh or Dried Figs
- Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Classic Hummus
- Hemp Hummus
- Cashew Cheese
- Beetroot Dip
- Vegan Cheese Log
- Spicy Roast Pumpkin Dip
- White Bean Dip
- Brown Rice Crackers
- Seeded Crackers
- Gluten Free Seed Crackers
- Carrot, Cucumber or Celery Sticks
- Bread Sticks