Menu ideas for food for an adult birthday party

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Menu ideas for food for an adult birthday party
A great party requires a tasy and attractive variety of food. (snack image by muro from Fotolia.com)

The best menus ideas for an adult birthday party make the most out of your budget and complement the overall party style. A low-budget picnic party and a gourmet pasta menu are obviously a poor match. You want to create a menu that works with your theme, such as a finger-food buffet for a casual celebration or a gourmet dinner for a fancy gathering. As long as you remember to ask guests about possible food allergies before the event, a great menu can help create a great party.

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Finger-Food Buffet

Buffets are an easy way to provide a variety of dishes to a large crowd. However, people tend to eat more food at a buffet than they do at a served meal, so a buffet may actually end up costing more than a catered sit-down meal. A finger-food buffet allows guests to talk and mingle in a casual style as they eat.

Popular finger-foods for buffets include stuffed potato skins, chicken fingers, home fries, mini bacon quiches, cheese-stuffed jalapeño poppers, stuffed cherry tomatoes, sliced fruit, veggie sticks and a wide assortment of dipping sauces. A simple birthday cake can serve as the only dessert for the party, or you can provide additional treats. Popular buffet sweets include cookies, brownies and chocolate-covered nuts. General drink selections can include water, coffee, tea, juice and soda pop.

Gourmet Dinner

A gourmet dinner menu works well for an evening birthday party with a fancy theme. The event will need to be a catered affair for a large crowd, although an energetic host can manage a gourmet dinner for a small crowd. The main entrée can include apricot-glazed grilled salmon steaks, blue cheese and fig-stuffed chicken breasts or artichoke heart and chicken piccata.

Side dishes for a gourmet birthday meal can include prosciutto-wrapped asparagus tips, rosemary-garlic mashed potatoes, peppered feta biscuits and raspberry endive salad in white chardonnay salad dressing. In addition to a fancy birthday cake, desserts can include mini lava cakes, chilled tiramisu, whiskey pecan bread-pudding and strawberry mint sorbet. Drinks can include espresso, Italian sodas and a selection of wine.

Picnic Lunch

Take advantage of a warm summer day and throw an outdoor birthday party filled with popular picnic dishes. Entrées can include fried chicken, chicken fingers and hoagie sandwiches. If a barbecue picnic theme is preferred, you can try grilled hamburgers, grilled hot dogs, barbecue chicken and a variety of condiments.

Side dishes can include yellow-mustard potato salad, creamy egg potato salad, Italian pasta salad, garden salad, fruit salad, gelatin salad, buttermilk biscuits and corn-on-the-cob. Dessert can include cookies, brownies, cake bars, cupcakes or individual baggies of assorted candy. Drinks can include water, iced tea, lemonade and soda pop.

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