Holiday Hors D’Oeuvre Party – 2011

Holiday Hors D'Oeuvre PartyPeople ask me for catering recommendations all the time.

I always say the same thing — Garrick & Miller Fine Catering (!  Always!

Their food is unbelievably delicious and simply beautiful.  And they happen to be two of the loveliest people I know!

While Grrick & Miller cater all types of parties, their specialty is a tea service.  From the first I witnessed one of these beautifully thrown tea parties, I fell in love with the idea of everything on a menu being bite-sized.  Hors d’oeuvre-sized, if you will!

I love all types of holiday parties, but I especially love an hors d’oeuvre party!

Food is often the main attraction at a party (at least, it should be)!  Sometimes I just want one bite of everything, not an entire serving of each dish.  Doesn’t that happen to you?  Well, at an hors d’oeuvres party, you can have the entire serving of each dish — because each “dish,” comes in one or two bites!

The key to throwing a lovely hors d’oeuvres party, is for each menu item to be the size of one or two bites. No more! Guests can hold a drink in one hand, an hors d’oeuvre in the other, and be mingling all the while!  Hey, you can even dance while eating!  No forks.  No knives. No fumbling around.  Even plates aren’t totally necessary! Really, you only need cocktail napkins for this sort of menu.

What is your favorite type of holiday party?  Is it a cookie exchange party?  Maybe a seated, multiple course dinner party?  Karoke? 😉

Above is a photo collage with some of my favorite bite (or two)-sized sweets and savories.   Below are their recipes.  Make them! Bring them to a party! Have a party! Eat them!  Enjoy some happy holidays with them!

The collage features images of these delicious hors d’oeuvres and bite-sized desserts.

And here are the recipes:

  1. Tomato-Rosemary Confit Croustades
  2. Plantain-Picadillo Empenadas
  3. Salted Caramels in Chocolate
  4. Seared Sea Scallops with Minted Peas on Wonton Crisps
  5. Double Chocolate Almond Spice CookiesCucumber Dill Canapé Recipe
  6. Cucumber Dill CanapésVanilla Fig Preserves
  7. Vanilla Fig Preserves with Crackers and Cheese
  8. Brûléed Port Wine Poached Pear-Caramelized Onion Cabrales Pear Crisp
  9. Spiced Caramelized Pecans
  10. Roquefort-Roasted Garlic Bacon and Grilled Pear Crisp
  11. Fresh Fruit Tartlets
  12. Prosciutto and Sugar Kiss Melon with Basil
  13. Spicy Mayan Chocolate Truffles
  14. Rosemary-Honey Turkey Meatballs


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  1. Lois Cozyris & Mike Barnhouse says

    We were at an afternoon party 5 years ago with hors d’oeuvres at the home of a friend of yours, sue casey, and liked what you did very much. We are planning a birthday party in the afternoon in the backyard in August, and are interested in talking to you about planning the catering.

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