Planning a party can be really fun, and really stressful! And hosting a party where you’re having all kosher food can feel like a gigantic pain. You’ll ask yourself, “will my friends like this food” and “will I look weird for forcing everyone to eat this way?” That’s natural. But it’s easy to get past that fear and create an amazing menu that will blow them away.
Pick Your Style and Settle On It
For a kosher party, you have a few options:
-Meat (no dairy)
-Pescaterian (Vegetarian with dairy and kosher fish)
-Vegetarian (dairy only)
-Parve (Pescatarian, without the dairy)
-Vegan (no animal products at all)
Once you pick the “format” of your party, it’ll be easy to search for recipes and go grocery shopping.
People love being able to snack at a party. Having lots of food prepared in small bites (call it tapas, hors d’ oeuvres, appetizers, whatever) is really a smart, easy way to go. People will have more options and will fill up faster because they are eating a little bit at a time.
Variety Is the Spice of Life
Unless your food has a theme (Mexican, Chinese, Italian, etc.) it’s really great to have a variety of different foods spanning different palates will give each guest a chance to try new things, or fall back on what their comfortable with. Check out our wide selection of recipes here.
Don’t Get Too Complicated
Planning food for a party can be stressful because the recipes are too complicated. Consider buying some pre-made snacks that are easy and quick to assemble (also know as the Semi Homemade technique). That way you’ll have more time to focus on your masterpieces that require more attention.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
It’s tempting to go shopping the day of the party. We suggest a day or more before. You never know what you’ll forget, or last minute changes you’ll want to make. Having ample time just makes it easier!
Incorporate Some New Rituals
Kashrut (kosher) is part of the collective wisdom of the Jewish people. Rituals such as blessing food and ritual hand washing can add a great spark to the party. Alternatively, you can make up your own party rituals!