When I was in college, I worked for a local caterer, who just happened to be my next door neighbor and mother of my boyfriend at the time (weird, I know.) But, I learned a TON of event planning knowledge from her and to this day, I consider her a kind of back-up mom.
One of the best things I learned from her is that people like "real food." Nobody wants to go down a buffet line and try to figure out what in the hell they are about to try. Now, you could always have menu cards to identify certain dishes, but people still would avoid anything they considered weird. How many weddings have you been to where you just thought, "ugh gross...strange unidentifiable canapes?"
So, in the spirit of "real food," here are some of my go-to appetizers that people LOVE and always are a hit.
Twice Baked New Potatoes (a carryover from that college job).
Salt and Pepper
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Preheat Oven to 450. Rub new potatoes with olive oil and place on a sheet pan in oven.
Cook for 30 minutes, or until brown with crispy skin. Remove from oven and let cool slightly on counter.
Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Layered Spread is one of my all-time favorites. SO easy and SO flavorful!
I love to cook, but I didn't discover this until I started staying home--it's amazing what a little time on your hands will do for your culinary skills!