Throwing a karaoke party is fun! No one turns down an invitation to this kind of party! Even people who think they’re wallflowers will surely belt a tune or two when given the right kind of motivation! What kind of motivation? Well, aside from the décor, theme, and intimate guest list, snacks provide the kind of motivation that can make even the most reticent person take a shot at singing. If you’re the host of this karaoke party and you feel a bit lost about which snacks to serve, here are some tips to help you out.
- Take a survey. One of the best ways of coming up with a list of snacks your guests will enjoy is to come right out and ask them about it. However, don’t just ask. Make a list and then ask them to tick the box opposite your snack suggestions. The Most number of votes get top priority in your grocery list but be sure to include all of the items on the list even when it’s just a couple of bags.
- Avoid buying anything overly spicy. It’s bad for the voice and the bowels. Remember, you want your guests to hog the mic, not the restroom.
- Don’t forget to include a wide range of drinks. It will be up to you to determine if you want to include hard liquor in your drinks list since you know your guests better. However, to be on the safe side (and to avoid being confronted by angry neighbors and the police), serve soda, juice, wine, light beer, and bottled water for guests who are on a diet.
- Serve bite-sized snacks. The French call these kinds of snacks hors d'oeuvres. In America, this is called appetizers. A karaoke party doesn’t call for a sit-down dinner complete with cutlery and crystal glasses. It’s an informal gathering of friends so you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen cooking up a storm. Your guests would enjoy bite-sized snacks that can be easily held with a napkin, a toothpick, or a fork. Some snack suggestions are pigs-in-a-blanket, shrimp cocktails, lobster tails, or calamari.
- Buy crunchy snacks. Mixed nuts, popcorn, pretzels, and potato chips should always be served-up at this kind of party. It’s a good balance for the appetizers.
- Prepare dessert or sweet treats. Nothing fancy like crème brulée. Brownies, chocolates, and ice cream are sure to be gobbled-up by your guests.
- Include healthy snacks. Baby corn, carrots, cherry tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, and cucumber should be available for guests who are watching what they eat. Do not forget to add a small bowl of healthy or calorie-free dip to the veggie snack tray.
- Do not serve dips with onion, pickle relish, or garlic. It’s going to give your guests bad breath, which is a no-no for a karaoke party. No further explanation needed.
- Serve fruit slices. Apples, oranges, and pineapple slices freshen-up the mouth. If you want to make sure no one with bad breath spreads saliva all over the microphone, place trays of these fruit slices on the snack table.
Finally, you have to make sure that the snack table is always
replenished. Your guests will be famished after singing the life out of
the karaoke machine and no one wants to see a snack table that is
without anything to chow down. As the host, it is your job to make sure
your guests are fed until the karaoke party reaches the end. By the way,
don’t forget to enjoy your own party by singing your heart out as well!