With summer coming to a close, we’re heading into the season of dinner parties. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or Thanksgiving, you might be hosting a dinner party in the near future.
As a good host, you want every single one of your guests to enjoy themselves, and that includes satisfying their stomachs. So, here are some tips for planning the perfect party to cater to all dietary needs and restrictions.
More and more people are choosing the vegetarian lifestyle so it is important to include these guests in your meal preparations. Good thing for you though, vegetarian menus are fairly easy to prepare. Some great dishes include:
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Bisque
- Cheese Souffle
- Stuffed Squash or Eggplant
- Apple Pie
- Mushroom or Butternut Squash Lasagna
A vegan menu is a little harder than a vegetarian menu and will require more consideration. Your dishes must not only be free of meat, but also free of dairy products such as eggs, milk, and cheese. Read up on a vegan lifestyle if you’re unfamiliar with what it entails. Some safe dishes include
- Potato Stuffed Artichokes
- Carrot Ginger Soup
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Cheese Dip with Vegan Cheese
The number of gluten-free eaters has tripled in the past five years. Therefore, it’s virtually impossible nowadays not to have at least one gluten-free guest. This one isn’t easy though, as many common menu items include gluten. However, here are some delicious ideas you can consider adding to your dinner party:
- Gluten-free pasta
- Deviled Eggs
- Potato Frittatas
- Roasted Turkey
- Prime Ribs
Another tip for gluten-free guests is to serve wine instead of liquor or beer as these most likely have gluten included in their recipe.
Another huge diet that has taken off is the ketogenic diet. Characterized by low levels of carbohydrates and a reduction in sugar, the keto diet is pretty easy to cater to. However, without the use of sugar, it can be hard to find keto-friendly options for desserts. Here are some ideas for you to surprise your guests with:
- Sugar Free Peanut Fudge
- Chocolate Mousse with Stevia
- Low Carb Jalapeño Poppers
- Keto Pigs in a Blanket
Many of these dietary options are easy to cater for as long as you pay attention and know the exact restrictions for each diet. You should also make sure that everything is labeled during the party, and be sure not to mix dishes. You should not put meat dishes on the same plate as the vegetarian options.
Other than that, these tips are sure to help you plan the perfect party to satisfy every guest’s tummy.