There has been a long withstanding debate on whether club parties are better than house parties. It is no surprise that just like people’s likes and preferences, there are wide discrepancies on what people think of when it comes attending or hosting a ‘perfect house party‘. However, we must admit that house parties have a charm of their own, after all. You are surrounded not by strangers but by people who have been your friends for years now, who comfort you and whose company you are sure to enjoy. There are many benefits of a house party over a club party. One of them, of course, is the free-flowing drinks and food, which is most definitely and completely the organizer’s and the party host’s responsibility.
The host must take care of the guest list, their individual food preferences, whether someone is vegetarian or not, what meat do most of them prefer, how much should the portion be, and all of those complex questions. Amidst planning the dinner, don’t forget to keep the snacks in mind. Called ‘chakhnas’ in India, any party would be incomplete without them. What is the fun of having beverages without a little something to munch on with it?
We give you a list of the 5 best chakhna ideas from all over the world so that you capture the heart of all your foodie friends next time you throw a house party.
1. Feta Cheese and Sundried Tomatoes Stuffed Mushrooms
This one snack has everything we love in one-cheese, exotic sundried tomatoes, juicy mushrooms, all in one. It is also best for all your vegetarian friends who wouldn’t even linger around non-veg food. Added advantage? It’s low in calories and is super-healthy too. So, no guilt trips over what you ate the following day when you wake up with a hangover.
2. Cold Cuts
If budget isn’t much of an issue, set out on pleasing your non-vegetarian friends who don’t believe in the concept of vegetarian chakhnas at a house party. Add an assortment of salamis and sausages and you have a party-pleaser right there. Plus, it requires almost no effort and time.
3. Cheese Stuffed Chicken
What is better than chicken? Cheese-stuffed chicken! We’re talking cheddar cheese stuffed into chicken breast fillets with some mild seasoning, and baked to perfection. Gooey and crunchy, all at the same time. Add some broccoli for that extra crunch in the bite. Say hello to the new Master Chef you!
4. Tandoori Chicken Bites/Paneer Tikka Bites
Some things are better left unchanged, right? this is one classic chakhna that Indians swear by. It is low in calories, is an absolite party-pleaser, super-easy to cook, and the chicken can easily be substituted by paneer for the vegetarian dudes. And that too without any extra effort.
5. Baked Potato Wedges with Chilly Cheese Dip
Take a step forward from the French Fries which have been done-to-death by now. Lay your hands on some good quality tomatoes, and some Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese. That is practically all you are going to need to make this dish. Plus, even this is a party-pleaser, is a healthier version of the oily French fries, and serves both the vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.