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How to Make Your Next Family Get Together Flavorful and Fun

Many families enjoy getting together over great food and conversation. However, making a lot of food can be a challenge, especially if you have to do it on your own. It can also be challenging to figure out what to serve. These four ideas will help you to bring both flavor and fun into your next family gathering.

Dips and Seasonings

Dips and seasonings are a great way to enhance the flavor of food. These options also allow your family and guests to choose which flavors to try. Rather than making one huge batch of barbecue chicken wings or hot salsa, offer a range of dips in many flavors. Just cook the chicken wings plain and offer lots of dips, such as buffalo ranch, tangy pineapple and sweet hot chili sauce. Your guests can use as much or as little of the separate dips and seasonings as they prefer.

Flavored Syrups for Drinks

Flavored syrups for drinks are certain to be a big hit at your next family get together. You can have a soda machine and many different flavors of syrup, such as root beer, orange, and grape. Many of these syrups, like those available from companies like Monin, work well for mixing into shaved ice or adding into tea or lemonade for a customized drink. If you’re hosting a morning event, consider flavors that go well with coffee, such as vanilla, hazelnut and dark chocolate.

Sundae Bars

No get together is complete without a great dessert. Consider setting up a sundae bar. Your family and friends can get a scoop or two of ice cream and top it with the syrups and toppings of their choice. Some great flavors of syrup for a sundae include pineapple, strawberry and milk chocolate. Some fun ice cream toppings include fresh fruit, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, crushed peanuts, gummy bears and M&Ms candies.

Make it a Potluck

If you want to ease the burden of hosting a family get together, consider making it a potluck. Ask everyone to bring a flavorful dish that represents their favorite place to visit or their favorite type of ethnic food. Hosting a potluck also means that you can try flavors and foods that you would not typically prepare for yourself.

These four tips will help you to host a family get together filled with great food. Your guests will enjoy making their own choices and customizing their drinks and treats. These ideas will also lessen your workload in preparing for the gathering.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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