Summer engagement parties are some of the most spectacular events! People feel their best and work hard to look their best. After all the effort you have devoted to shedding those extra pounds for the summer and the announcement of your upcoming nuptials, focusing on health and taste for your dishes during the engagement party can go a long way. Choosing to serve healthy and light dishes can also be a great way to boost your guests’ excitement, confidence, and to show them how creative you can get!
For this, variety is key. These days, when we are more educated on our dietary habits and restrictions, think about providing gluten-free options, and dishes everyone from the vegan to the carnivore can enjoy.
Since the summer season brings us some of the best and sweetest fruits, I recommend getting creative with ways to add Mother Nature's treats to your dishes everyone can enjoy. Splurge on good quality protein, shop the local farmers market for fresh vegetables and herbs, and replace high-carb options with healthier alternatives like quinoa. Your guests will thank you!
Here are some tips on healthier alternatives, from appetizers to desserts, which are creative and more delicious to serve during your perfect summer engagement soirée!
Marinate thinly sliced strawberries with vinegar, brown sugar, basil, salt, and pepper. Serve with gluten-free crostinis as well.
Good quality protein with the right sauce/herbs is everything! Check out your local butcher for deals on premium meats.
A great vegan and gluten-free dish. For the dressing add minced garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt.
Prepare these a couple days before and grill day of. Two chunks of pineapple can give it the perfect Hawaiian flavor!
These tasty and easy-to-serve treats are great to satisfy your guests’ sweet cravings. To make things a bit more festive, add a chocolate rim to the waffle cone, dress it up with sprinkles, peanuts, and more.