A perfect drinks board in three steps

If you're having a party, there will undoubtedly be snacks on the table. But what makes a snack board really great? Follow these three simple steps and you will wow your guests! This way you avoid stressful last-minute trips to the supermarket.

Make a shopping list and choose the perfect ingredients, then get started! Step two is about layout – make sure you arrange everything nicely on the board. And finally, step three is about the presentation. Garnish with flowers or herbs for an extra touch of elegance, and choose the perfect wine or cocktail to pair with your drinks board. With these three steps in mind, you are sure to have a beautiful drinks board that will impress your guests!

When it comes to appetizers, the options are endless. But whether you're serving appetizers or something more substantial, there are a few key things to keep in mind if you want to impress your guests.

Step 1: Know your guests!

First, think about your guest list and the type of food they will like. When you have a mix of people it's always good to have options. If everyone is more adventurous, you can experiment with new recipes. Knowing your guests and what they like is key. Are there vegetarian eaters? Is anyone allergic to nuts? Do you know someone's favorite food? Once you have that information, make a shopping list. But if you're not sure, it's better to stick to common and well-known favorites. Some well-known favorites that are popular with everyone are:

  • Cheese and crackers
  • Vegetables and dip
  • fruit skewers
  • Mini quiches
  • Common cold cuts
  • Well-known hot snacks such as chicken wings

Once you know what you want to make, it's time to put together your shopping list. This seems like a no-brainer, but it's important to be organized and have everything on hand before you start cooking. Otherwise, you'll end up making multiple trips to the store – or worse, serving your guests less-than-perfect appetizers.

Step 2: Preparing the snack board

Your shopping list is ready and you go shopping! But wait, there's more to think about than just the food. When it comes to appetizer boards, presentation is key. So in addition to your ingredients you will need:

  • A beautiful tray or shelf
  • An assortment of crackers
  • Baguettes or other breads
  • Some kind of dip or spreads such as hummus, pesto, and olive tapenade
  • Cheese knives
  • olives, pickles, and other garnishes

Now that you have everything you need, it's time to start preparing! If you are making snacks, such as mini quiches or chicken wings, prepare them according to the recipe. For things like veggies and fruit skewers, wash them and cut them up so they're ready to go.

Step 3: Layout of a snack board and garnish

How do you decorate a drinks board nicely? It's all about the layout!

Start by placing your larger items, such as bowls of dip or quiches, in the center of the tray. Then fill in the blanks with crackers, loaves of bread, and other smaller items. And finally, don't forget the garnish! Olives, pickles, and herbs are a nice touch that makes your snack board look complete.

Now that your snack board is all ready, it's time to think about what else you need. Wine is always a good choice, but you can also serve cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks such as sparkling water or juice. And if you really want to impress your guests, put out some flowers or candles to create some atmosphere!

With these three simple steps you are sure to create a drinks board that will amaze your guests. So the next time you host a party, keep these tips in mind and enjoy the process of creating something beautiful and delicious!

Enjoy your meal!

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