Top Snacks For Your Next Family Gathering
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After the last two years that we’ve all had, it’s fair to say that most of us are relieved that we can finally meet with our friends and family in person. It’s been way too long since we could laugh and joke in a room full of people.
Whether you’re planning a dinner party or hosting a summer get-together with your family, there are lots of different ways to get your loved ones back together. Inviting the whole family round provides everybody with the opportunity to catch up on the events of the past year or two.
You might love being the host and you might thrive being in control of the party. You get to choose the guest list, the music playlist, and the party menu.
But organizing every aspect of your party can easily become overwhelming. As much as you love party planning, it’s not easy to create the perfect event, especially when you’ve been out of practice for the last two years.
Choosing the right foods and snacks to serve at your family gathering is one of the biggest tasks. It can take a while to come up with the perfect buffet, but there are lots of great options that you can try.
Finding pre-made snacks and simple recipes means you can serve up great food for the whole family to enjoy. You won’t need to spend the evening stuck in the kitchen and you can, instead, spend it bonding with your loved ones.
To help you decide on the best foods to supply at your next family gathering, here is a list of the best party snacks.
Crisps (Chips) and Nuts
If you’re looking for a snack that everybody is going to love, crisps and nuts are the way to go. They’re affordable, so you can grab multiple bags for just a few dollars.
Try and get a range of different flavors of crisps to cater to everybody’s needs. Buy some ready salted for those who prefer plain crisps and go for salt and vinegar, cheese and onion, and a prawn cocktail to spice things up. Alongside your crisps, grab some Planters Peanuts, salt and pepper cashews, and sweet chili almonds.
You can place the crisps and nuts in a variety of bowls and display them on the dinner table for your guests to snack on while they converse. There is absolutely no cooking involved, so you can spend your time catching up with your family instead of getting stressed in the kitchen.
Everybody loves nachos. Better yet, there are so many different toppings that go perfectly on a tray on nachos, so you can cater to everybody’s preferences.
Nacho dishes are super quick and easy to make. You can stick to the basics and top your nachos with cheese. Pop them under the grill for a few minutes and you’ve got a delicious finger-licking snack for your party.
If you want to take things to the next level, add some salsa and guacamole, or top the nachos with some jalapeno peppers for a spicy kick.
Since they’re so easy to make, you can create a range of nacho dishes to serve as part of your buffet. They are bound to go down a treat!
For all the carb lovers in your family, you can whip up some delicious potato wedges. There’s minimal preparation that goes into creating this dish, but it will be loved by most of your party guests.
You can add a variety of different toppings onto your wedges, such as olive oil, herbs, spices, or marinades. They take around 10 minutes to prepare and 40-50 minutes in the oven, so you can spend more of your evening away from the kitchen.
Crusty Bread Rolls and Cheese Sauce
You can’t go wrong with serving crusty rolls at a family gathering. You can serve them cold or hot alongside a bowl of hot, cheese sauce for them to dip the rolls into.
If you have vegans in the family, find a dairy-free cheese to make your own vegan ‘cheese’ sauce. This way, everybody can enjoy this delicious snack at your event.
Other great options to serve with your crusty rolls include butter, jelly, peanut butter, or even tomato soup. You can leave the rolls out on the table all evening for your guests to graze on alongside your other snacks.