Next weekend I'll be hosting a cocktail party with lots of food promised (the party starts at 7) for over 30 guests, most of them in their late 20s and more used to parties with chips & dip and maybe-- MAYBE-- store bought mini quiches. I'd like to do something classier, show off my cooking skills, try some new ideas...
BUT 1) don't want to alienate my guests too much and 2) want to stay within a reasonable budget. A VERY reasonable budget-- say $150 (on food).
Here are some of my ideas so far
--spiced nuts -- several varieties of nuts with different spices, some sweet, some hot, some savory
--cured meat tray--neighborhood butcher makes his own salumi ... delicious
--homemade cheese sticks
--white bean-sundried tomato dip w/pita chips
--prosciutto wrapped melon
--endive spoons with goat cheese
--cucumbers with thai peanut noodles
(I'll be making several cakes for dessert)
PLEASE help with any other ideas -- I need all the help I can get!
Of course, I could always just run down to Little Caesars and get 20 $5 pizzas ;)