Here’s how it works: Each person arrives with an hors d’oeuvre from a different country to enter into the competition. Depending on your guest list and how you like to entertain, you can either assign specific dishes in advance or assign specific countries and let your guests’ creativity run wild.
Clear some space on a buffet table to arrange each of the competing dishes. Place two cards in front of each appetizer–one with the dish’s name and its country of origin, and the second for scoring. Designate categories such as “Taste,” “Presentation” and, if it fits, “Originality” and have tasters leave their rankings (1 – 10) after they’ve evaluated each dish. Before serving dessert, tally the scores, and then present the winners with mini gold, silver and bronze medals.
See our recipe suggestions above for menu ideas to get you started.
Round out the party with drinks and desserts that honor this year’s host country, the U.K.