Each year a block party is organized and now it was our turn to be in control of the event. This responsibility rotates from one house to the next in our small community. Our houses are stretched along a lake and the block party involves 12 homes. The host family is supposed to look after the food and beverages. This year it was determined that finger foods were to be served in the block party. I discovered this idea appealing as by serving finger foods the host family could prepare all the food beforehand and would have the ability to enjoy this annual block party visiting with our neighbors.
I discovered quite many recipes for salty and sweet finger foods in my recipe books. As our annual block party starts at 3pm and end at about 7pm we needed to offer food that was large enough to be considered a meal. Many children come to our parties as well, so we also had to provide foods that they would like.
My husband and I went to the supermarket a couple of days before the party and bought all the products we needed according to our recipes. There were breads for sandwiches and several cold cuts and cheeses. Other products we bought were for dips, spreads and salsas that would improve the choice of our finger foods.
We made the cakes and cut them in triangles and set them on trays. Apart from that, we place large plates of fresh vegetables with many dips around the gathering area. As far as sweet finger foods are concerned, I personally baked many biscuits and bars several days ahead of the event that I kept frozen until the day of the celebration. The particular children finger foods were hot dogs and ice cream on a stick.
We used streamers and balloons for decorations for the block party. Some of them were put up in the sun; others were put in the deep shade, so that any of our guests would feel comfortable. Everyone fancied the idea of moving from one area to another while having a snack in the day.
This proved to be a brilliant idea because there was more time to see as there was no set meal and individuals should not be gathered at the exact same time. The finger foods turned out to be a big hit and several guests said that they would also serve finger foods when they host the annual block party.
After the party was over the cleaning up was very easy and fast. The food which was left was quite little and easy to be stored. I believe my husband and I started a new tradition which is continued on our annual block parties.