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to loo, you can nd good-quality hors d’oeuvres,themed appetizers, and inexpensive but clever ways to serve them. TraderJoe’s has a great selection o premade hors d’oeuvres as so do many super-marets. Your avorite restaurants may also prepare oods or your party.Consider good Chinese, sushi, Gree, Mexican, and Italian restaurants orparty ideas and themes. Purchase decor and serving accessories at local res-taurants (Chinese taeout containers, chopstics) or at stores such as IkEA,Pier 1, or Target. Some supermarets also stoc inexpensive serving ware.Here are some ideas or purchased party ood made special with a ewpersonal touches:Buy rozen premade pigs in a blanet at the supermaret, with three
ancy jarred mustards to dip them in. Try cranberry, wasabi, garlic, herb,horseradish, hot pepper, Dijon, whole grain, and honey favors. Serve inrameins.Order brown rice sushi rolls rom a Japanese restaurant and sprinle
each roll with blac sesame seeds. Serve them on inexpensive blac lacquerplates.For a Gree theme, buy spanaopita, hummus, baba ghanoush, and
balava at a Gree restaurant or good supermaret then design your ownplatter o resh and marinated vegetables. Sprinle resh herbs over every-thing.Men love meat. Whenever I put out platters o dried meat lie pro-
sciutto, brasaola, and pepperoni with chuns o Parmesan and crusty bread,it draws the men lie a magnet. No cooing required—set out the meat andthey will come.Buy Chinese dumplings, mini–egg rolls, and Chinese noodles rom
the supermaret or your avorite Chinese restaurant. Serve them in Chi-nese ood taeout containers with chopstics and add a big bowl o ortunecooies. Hang paper lanterns over the table.