I'm having a late Valentines party with approximately 30-40 people centered around cocktails, but I wanted to provide delicious homemade treats for everyone. I originally planned on having 10-15 people where I could provide a full meal, but now that the guest list is exploding I need to completely rethink my menu strategy. I want things that can sit out for hours and be picked at throughout the night while still tasting relatively fresh (not fried foods or anything that only tastes good hot)
One idea I had was to do a global street food idea.
Golgappas from India (make all the parts and have them in separate bowls for people to create a plate of their own)
hummus/labne/and other Middle Eastern dips (not street food per se, but can sit out a while)
Vietnamese spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce.
Baked empanadas or alcapurrias.
Little cups filled with some sort of Asian noodle salad like soba or?
What other street food/party food ideas do you have that people may love and could sit out (or I could put in a bowl of ice)? American ideas would be great also! Everything I seem to think of is better right from the stove.
Also, I would like to have a dessert table.
alfajores, maamouls, and other various world cookies.
something with lemon since my tree is exploding with lemons- maybe lemon meringue tart.
something with bananas....ideas?
and I would need something chocolate since everyone loves chocolate. :)
Lastly, about 40 people have RSVP'd to my event, but I notice at various parties I attend here many do not show up or if they do, some don't eat. How is the best way to plan so I don't have an excessive amount of food left over? Thanks in advance.