Lately, I've been making stress free party platters for informal parties or late arriving house guests. It's easy as there are no complicated recipes. There are just a few essential ingredients to stock in your pantry (sample grocery list below) and I like to use the fresh ingredients that I have on hand...
The KEY is variety!
..then, it's about arranging...
1. Pull out a large platter, cutting board or pizza shovel.
2. Scatter a few small bowls for spreads, dips, nuts. I've used clear ramekins and I have a small collection of blue and white bowls. Even potato chips look special in a little bowl!
3. Fill the small bowls and then arrange/fill in around them with fruit, crackers, cut vegetables, toasted baguette slices.
I usually use what I have in the fridge and pantry and round it out with a couple of purchased items.
Top cream cheese with...Trader's Joe's spicy and sweet chili jam ...or fig jam is good too...or any chutney that you like.
Pop open some wine or San Pellegrino and RELAX :)
I'm showing this over at At Home with Jemma.