How to make dips and sauces for your drinks board

This manual teaches you how to make delicious dips and sauces for your drinks board, so that you can spoil your guests with homemade delicacies.


Gather ingredients

Gather all the necessary ingredients for the dips and sauces. Make sure you have fresh herbs, vegetables, spices, yogurt and mayonnaise on hand. Check whether you have everything you need before you start preparing the various tasty dips and sauces.


Choose your recipes

Choose which dips and sauces you want to make. Think of classics such as hummus and tzatziki, but also be creative with new flavor combinations. Experiment with ingredients such as avocado, beets or roasted peppers for surprising flavors. Don't forget to stock up on fresh herbs, lemon and garlic to season your dips and sauces. Try different recipes and discover which combinations will be your favorite!


Prepare preparation method

Prepare all necessary utensils and containers.
Free up space on your worktop to make everything easy to prepare.


Make dips and sauces

  • Follow the recipes step by step and prepare the dips and sauces according to the instructions.
  • Taste in between and adjust the flavors to your own preference.
  • Enjoy the creative process and experiment with different combinations until you create the perfect dip or sauce!

Prepare presentation

Choose beautiful bowls and present your homemade dips and sauces in an attractive way. Add some extra herbs or nuts for a festive touch. This makes the presentation of your dishes extra attractive and inviting for your guests. Don't forget to place the bowls in an eye-catching place so everyone can enjoy them.


Prepare for serving

Cover the dips and sauces with cling film or lids. Then place them in the refrigerator to maintain freshness until serving. This way the flavors are optimally preserved. And voilà, your snack board will taste delicious!


Enjoy your drink

  • Arrange your homemade dips and sauces on the snack board together with other delicacies.
  • Invite your guests to enjoy these tasty additions.
  • Make sure the dips and sauces are easily accessible to your guests so they can enjoy them straight away.
  • Place small spoons or skewers with each dip so that your guests can easily scoop them up.
  • Enjoy the fun and all the delicacies on the snack board!

Storing surplus

Store any leftover dips and sauces in airtight containers in the refrigerator. This way you can enjoy it the next day. Make sure the containers are tightly closed to maintain freshness and prevent any leaks. Stick a label on it with the name and date for an organized refrigerator. Remember to consume the leftovers within 2-3 days for the best flavor.


To clean

  • Store all ingredients and put them back in the pantry or refrigerator.
  • Immediately rinse your used pans, knives and cutting boards under warm water.
  • Clean the countertop with a cloth and dishwashing liquid.

For example, grab a clean tea towel and dry all your kitchen utensils before putting them away. This helps to prevent stains and oiliness.

In summary and enjoy!

In this manual you have discovered how easy it is to make your own dips and sauces for your drinks board. Give free rein to your creativity and enjoy the process of preparing tasty snacks for your guests. Have fun cooking and enjoy your drinks!


  • Ingredients for the dips and sauces
  • Recipes
  • Kitchen utensils (bowls, spoons, spatulas, blender, etc.)
  • Drinks board or serving bowl
  • Crockery (plates, small bowls, cutlery)
  • Napkins
  • Storage containers
  • Cleaning products (dishwashing liquid, wipes)

Useful kitchen hacks

  • Experiment with different flavors and textures to create a diverse selection
  • Use fresh herbs and spices for an intense taste experience
  • Provide a balance between sweet, sour, salty and spicy in your dips and sauces
  • Prepare your dips and sauces in advance so that the flavors can blend properly
  • Present the dips and sauces in an attractive way on your drinks board for a festive look
  • Experiment with various ingredients such as yogurt, avocado, hummus, tomatoes, nuts or cheese for different flavor combinations. Have fun creating your perfect drinks board!

How to order a catering platter

  • Choose a variety of cheeses: Select different types of cheeses, such as brie, gouda, cheddar and goat cheese, to create a varied taste experience
  • Add meats: Supplement your snack board with different types of meats, such as salami, prosciutto, chorizo and pate, for a delicious addition
  • Mix with nuts and fruit: Add some nuts, grapes, raspberries or figs to the snack board to create a balanced and tasty combination
  • Serve with dips and spreads: Complete the snack board with dips such as hummus, tapenade, mustard or honey to enhance the flavors
  • Presentation is key: Arrange everything nicely on the serving board, add some fresh herbs for a decorative touch and serve with baguette, crackers or toast for a perfect presentation. Have fun enjoying your drinks board!

Frequently asked questions about drinks catering

What types of snacks are often found on a snack board?

On a snack board you will often find a mix of savory snacks, ranging from cheese and charcuterie to olives, nuts, grapes and small pieces of bread or toast. In addition, dips such as hummus, tapenade or aioli cannot be missed. It is common to offer a varied selection of flavors and textures so that everyone can find something to enjoy during drinks.

Can a snack board catering also be combined with other catering services?

Yes, drinks catering can certainly be combined with other catering services. Many catering companies offer the option to combine different types of catering, depending on your wishes and needs. Whether you want to add a buffet, dinner, snacks or desserts to your drinks catering menu, there are often numerous options available to create a varied catering menu. It is advisable to contact the catering company to discuss the options and create a tailor-made menu that perfectly suits your event.

Which drinks are usually served with a snack board?

A snack board usually serves various drinks that go well with the different flavors and textures of the snacks. Popular drinks that are often served with a drink are white wine, red wine, beer, and prosecco. Soft drinks such as cola, orange and spa red are also often offered. In addition, water or juice can also be a good choice to alternate the different snacks. The most important thing is that your choice of drink matches your personal preference and that of your guests. Enjoy your snack board and the matching drinks!

Are hot snacks also served on a catering platter?

Yes, hot snacks are often also served with catering drinks. These can, for example, consist of mini quiches, bitterballen, meatballs or other hot snacks. It may differ per catering company which hot snacks are served exactly, so it is good to check this in advance. Adding hot snacks to the drinks board often provides a varied and tasty offering during an event or meeting.

Are there vegetarian options available on a snack board?

Yes, there are certainly vegetarian options available on a snack board! You can think of an assortment of cheese, olives, hummus, vegetable sticks, nuts and dried fruit. These options provide a delicious and healthy choice for those who don't eat meat or fish. It is always good to take different dietary preferences into account when putting together a snack board, so that everyone can enjoy it.

Are organic or local products used in the drinks boards?

Yes, in many cases both organic and local products are used in drinks boards. This varies per caterer or store where you order the drinks board. Organic products come from organic farms and are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Local products are often produced within a specific region and have a smaller ecological footprint. It is always good to inquire with the supplier of the drinks board exactly what products are used. This way you can make conscious choices and enjoy the delicious taste of fresh ingredients.

How many people can a snack board catering usually serve?

A catering board can usually serve approximately 8 to 10 people, depending on the size and composition of the board. It is important to adjust the quantity and variety of the snacks to the number of guests, so that everyone has enough choice and there is enough for everyone.

Is there a minimum order quantity for a catering snack board?

Yes, most catering companies have a minimum order quantity for catering drinks. This may vary depending on the company and specific requirements. It is best to contact the catering company you are interested in directly to find out their minimum order quantity so that you can plan the purchase accordingly.

Are the drinks boards prepared on site or assembled in advance?

On most occasions, drinks boards are put together in advance. The different types of cheeses, meats, fruit and other delicacies are selected in advance and arranged on the shelf. This ensures that the snack board looks beautiful and can be served quickly. In most cases, the drinks boards are put together in advance.

How are the drinks boards presented on location?

The drinks boards are usually presented on location on beautiful wooden planks or bowls. They are richly filled with various cheeses, meats, fruit, nuts and other delicacies. They are often also beautifully decorated with flowers, herbs and other decorative elements. This creates a festive look and makes the drinks boards extra attractive for your guests.

Can special dietary requirements or allergies be accommodated in appetizer catering?

Yes, it is certainly possible to accommodate special dietary requirements or allergies in a snack board catering. Catering companies often offer options for vegetarian, vegan, gluten- or lactose-free platters. You can indicate in advance what your specific wishes are, so that the catering company can take this into account and put together a customized drinks board for you. It is important to report this in a timely manner so that everything can be arranged as desired.

How far in advance should catering drinks be ordered?

For catering drinks, it is advisable to order at least 24 to 48 hours in advance. This way, the ingredients can be purchased fresh and the catering can be prepared on time. Some caterers can also accept last-minute orders, but it is always better to order well in advance to avoid disappointment.

What is the average price per person for a catering platter?

The average price per person for a catering drinks board can vary depending on the size and composition of the board, as well as the supplier. In general, prices are somewhere between €10 and €25 per person. It's important to compare quotes and consider what's included to make the best choice for your specific needs.



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