We all know food is the way to a party guest’s heart, but how can you make excellent dining a longer-term affair? If a delicious meal has left your guests satisfied but wanting more, a doggie bag can be a fun and creative option to keep the party going long after the event has ended. What’s more, they’re a great way to thank your guests for coming and make sure they have a reminder of the evening to take with them.
As you can probably imagine, it’s important to be selective about what foods you choose to send off in a doggie bag. As a general rule, stick to relatively solid food that doesn’t have to be refrigerated, and try to avoid foods with a particularly strong smell. If you’re looking to indulge your guests’ sweet tooth, try caramel candy, toffee, brittle or fudge. Or give your treats a seasonal flair — chocolate or white chocolate bark, handmade marshmallows and peppermint candies are excellent options around the holidays. Add a decorative element by using colored wax paper and tying off the ends of the wrappers with string or thin ribbon.
For a parting gift that keeps on giving, consider making a cocoa or tea mix, homemade extract, infused liquor or a flavored salt or sugar to share with your guests. These can be stored for extended periods of time and are best presented in a glass bottle or jar, allowing them to double as a souvenir of your event. Tie a little bow, attach a card and voila! The perfect gift. If you want to make it extra special, use chalk paint or a gold paint pen to write your guest’s name and the name and date of the event.
If you’re hoping to leave your guests wanting more, Handheld Catering is at your service with delicious food and creative ideas to make your event every bit as special as the occasion. Handheld Catering is always looking for new ways to make your gathering unique — they’ll come to the table with plenty of ideas so you can bring your vision to life. Call Chef Ryan at (408)692-4782 and learn how to make your event one to remember.