It’s been a few months since your bundle of joy arrived … and now it’s time to celebrate! Mark your baby’s birth or baptism with a simple and creative menu. Get inspired with hors d’oeuvre, sharing plate and dessert ideas sure to please every crowd.
Keep things simple with canapés
Practical, cute and easy to eat, canapés have it all! The perfect choice if you have guests with dietary restrictions and preferences, these small snacks will ensure smiles all round.
A short and sweet menu, Happy Hour style!
If your guests have little ones too, you may want to keep your party short and sweet. At the table, just like in life, it’s all about quality over quantity. Throw a short bash for two or three hours, keeping your guests happy with a few tasty treats.
Happy Hour cocktail ideas
– Blinis with salmon gravlax, sesame and wakame
– Brioche bread canapés with goat cheese, sweet cherry tomatoes and basil
– Nori cake with crab meat, mashed avocado and Tobiko
– Crostinis with foie gras, prosciutto and fig chutney
– Eggplant spring rolls with halloumi, tomato paste, arugula and yogurt sauce
– Marinated AAA beef roll with soya sauce caramel, enoki mushrooms and coriander
Since it will be supper time for your little ones too (and foie gras and gravlax may not be their cup of tea), be sure to prepare some kid-friendly dishes—like these crispy chicken fingers from Coup de Pouce.
Dinner cocktails to keep the conversation flowing
Looking to keep the party going without being chained to the kitchen all night? Serve up small dishes throughout the evening with small breaks in between. Don’t stay up too late though … your little one will still be up bright and early!
5 delicious dinner cocktail ideas:
– Cold hors d’oeuvres: shrimp mousse, grilled fennel and cucumber rolls; Speck ham skewers with marinated bocconcini; croutons with lobster meat, leek and sesame; crepes with asparagus rice, avocado and crispy sweet potato.
– Hot hors d’oeuvres: lamb cigars with pine nuts and figs; coconut shrimp with lime; caramelized onion and crème fraîche tarts; beignets with zucchini, feta, mint and dill.
– Mini-skewers: rolls with Medjool dates and maple-smoked bacon; Shish Taouk style chicken and tahini sauce; General Tao tofu cubes with grilled bok choy; scallops marinated with lemongrass and Thai basil.
– Cheese bites: aged cheddar cones with guacamole; fresh goat cheese canapés with roasted grapes; baby potatoes stuffed with country ham and a Reblochon gratin; cheese puffs with piment d’Espelette.
– Desserts: chocolate brownies with Chantilly cream and berry compote served in a verrine; rhubarb, strawberry and lemon profiteroles; pear and maple syrup bread pudding; chocolate and matcha tea truffles.
Main dishes served family style
Family and sharing always go hand in hand! Instead of spending the evening alone in the kitchen, prep a large party dish ahead of time for you and your guests to share. Set it in the centre of your dining table and it’ll be the talking point of the party.
Sharing plate ideas:
Couscous Royale with lamb shoulder, merguez, root vegetables, pistachios and apricots
Valencian paella with saffron chicken breast, chorizo, seafood, tomatoes and peas
Vegetarian moussaka with eggplant, mushrooms, green lentils and parmesan
Whole beef tenderloin with braised bones, flavoured juices and various condiments
And the cherry on top…
A kid’s party without dessert is like New Year’s without champagne! Dive right into the theme of extra large dishes and prepare an always impressive Croquembouche. For a local version, follow this recipe from Érable du Québec. Happy guests guaranteed!
Now that you’ve got your menu covered, you can focus on having fun! With these tasty hors d’oeuvre and sharing plate ideas, your party is guaranteed to be a hit.