Have you ever resorted to Costco’s pre-assembled party platters as an easy solution to feeding the masses?

Cheese, crackers, ham—something for everyone, right?

This may be a quick answer to feeding a lot of people, but it is less than impressive. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to swap the old veggie platter for something more memorable.

Let’s start with the typical options like pizza or Mexican food, then give them a much-needed makeover. Here are some modern upgrades to classic party menus you and your guests will love.

  • Gourmet pizza party: This one is perfect for Italian food lovers. Pass around trays of prosciutto rolls, crostini with fontina and mushrooms, or tiny calzones, and be sure to take a peek at our sample menu for more ideas. It’s much more grown-up than ordering Domino’s!

  • Mini burgers & beers: Let’s rethink burgers and beer for a moment. They’re not just an inexpensive indulgence. With a little creativity, you can dress up the pair as fun and light party fare. Create a platter of mini sliders and matching microbrews and skip the heavy food coma.

  • Tiny tacos & tequila: If you sense your guests would prefer a fiesta with Mexican food, why not convert the beer & burger idea into tacos & tequila? Serve the margarita shooters with a little lime and salt, and use wonton cups as the taco shells.

  • Cigar & champagne bar: Nothing calls to mind the spirit of a New York soiree like a cigar and champagne bar. Fill mini champagne flutes with your favorite bubbly and offer a variety of cigars for your guests to try. The combination will instantly turn your party into a swanky, adults-only event.

Your party menu should harmonize with the rest of the decor and party theme. Forget the pre-made party platters and give your guests an experience they’ll be talking about for years. We’ve crafted dozens of modernized dishes as part of our Boutique Catering Services, so get in touch to upgrade your next party menu.