Party Food EtiquetteBy Mary
As you were growing up your parents taught you to be polite and courteous. Those same rules today can be applied to planning a party menu for those with food allergies or food preferences. Last weekend we hosted our first party in our new home. It was great to share our new place with neighbors and friends. We had a great turn out and are excited about getting the “social” ball rolling. But, of course, it is not all about the food (for some). The table with flowers ifs always a must have for me. Here is a very quick “do” for the centerpiece. Missing the evergreens of the NC garden!
This leads me to party food planning and Party Food Etiquette. I have been following a gluten-free dietary plan for about five years. It is not just a fad but something that makes me feel better and my body function better. I do not have a severe allergic reaction as some with Celiac disease but I now understand how important diet can be.
We had several guests following a gluten-free diet and/or a vegan diet. With that in mind I started researching recipes that could suit both. My best word of advise is to read every label. For example, I wanted dairy/animal free cheese. I found “Veggie” cheese by the tofu and thought that would do. Reading the label revealed that the cheese had milk solids. So, always check labels if you are looking for some particular allergens such as dairy, nuts or wheat. Food labeling has really improved but buyer be smart!
Enough about the why’s, here are the how’s. I went way overboard with the food selection but learned a lot in the process. Here is three ways to build an antipasto skewers for several diets:
- The recipe called for tortellini, salami, mozzarella cheese balls, artichokes, olives, and cherry tomatoes.
- Gluten-free version leave off the tortellini.
- Vegan version, leave off the tortellini, salami, mozzarella and add more veggies.
By adjusting this one recipe I meet most of the dietary needs of my guests. Other items on the menu were more specific to just one, maybe two dietary categories. All in all, the food was a success and everyone seemed to enjoy the options and variety. Our diet conscientious guests were most appreciative!
Food labels are a must when making such a wide variety of foods in different dietary categories. Your guests do not have to “guess” what’s in the food. I found this festive holiday template and candy cane easel ideas on Pinterest. Common initials for various diets are shown in bold on the bottom of the label. You can be more specific for various other ingredients, if needed, such as peanut or nut allergies.
Party on! Keep your guests happy and coming back for more! If you want more details about the menu list or recipes please reply in the comment section of the blog.
I have missed seeing all our LKG fans this holiday season! I hope you all have a very happy and joyous holiday.
Merry Christmas to all!
Love to all!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles – Working with you to create your lifestyle!
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