As I began planning our studio open house, I knew I wanted it to be fun and casual. I was mindful to create something that someone, regardless of food restrictions, could find something that they could eat, a problem I often have when I go to events. I called my friend Katie Kafarakis, to see if she’d be willing to help.
We started doing our research and came across “That Cheese Plate,” on Instagram. I fell in love with the organic feel of their layouts, they didn’t feel fussy or pretentious. Katie immediately recognized many of the food items were from Trader Joe’s, so I was off to explore Trader Joe’s and to stock up on crackers, cheeses, nuts, chocolates, dips, cookies, etc. We knew Costco would have some good options as well, so I did some price comparisons and realized, especially for the meats, Costco was the better option.
Two weeks before:
Check your local stores for selections & do price comparison.
Order Amazon items.
If you feel like you need a guideline, make a sketch (see last pic below)
One week before:
Buy non-perishable foods.
Buy all perishable foods.
Cut veggies from veggie tray and celery.
Wash and dry Grapes.
Wash and dry Strawberries.
Cut some of strawberries in half (for visual interest).
Cut some of figs in half (for visual interest).
Dry off pickles if they are going directly on craft paper.
Place plastic table cloth on table.
Place craft paper over plastic table cloths.
Place plates and napkins on the corners of the table.
Place bowls for hummus, dips, olives, honey, etc..
Place toothpick containers around the table.
Place bowls in desired location.
Layer food around the bowls and then work your way out.
Fill in all the empty spaces.
Fill the bowls with the hummus, dips, olives, honey, etc..
Place small spoons in the bowls and tongs around table.
Costco: (quantity one unless otherwise indicated)
Perishable: Vege Tray
Green Olives with Garlic and Jalepeño
Meats & cheeses:
King Cheese Spirella Mini’s (we only got one pack, but I should have bought two)
Fratelli Beretta uncured variety pack
Bellota Salchichon Sausage
Choc. Covered Blueberries
Chocolate Coconut Almonds
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Mixed Nuts (salted)
Fresh Herbs (thyme & rosemary) for garnish
Celery (because sometimes the Costco vegie tray celery leaves much to be desired)
Cheeses & dips:
Blue Stilton Cheese
Spanish Cheese Sampler (3 varieties)
3 flavors of Hummus
Thai Chili Cashews (do not get, so spicy)
Jar of Honey (with honey comb)
Sweetened Dried Lemon Slices (1)
Sweetened Dried Orange Slices (2)
Dried Apple Rings
Dried Pineapple Rings
Cookies & Crackers:
Vanilla Baton Wafer Cookies
Chocolate Baton Wafer Cookies
Mango and Ginger Crisps
Raisin and Rosemary