One of the things that seems to cause a lot of stress for hosts is what to order or make for an event.
What if no one likes it? What if? What if? What if? If you keep going with the what ifs you will never get off the ground.
There will always be someone who doesn’t like ALL the choices but it is rare that they won’t like ANY of the choices. The greatest challenge is people with food intolerances or allergies - and we will chat about this a bit later.
The easiest place to start is - what do YOU like? Chances are your friends will like similar things. If you like out there flavours but aren’t sure if your guests will, include ONE of those options.
Next make sure you have a variety. For example not everyone likes chocolate (crazy I know but it happens) so have a couple of other options. Such as fruit based flavours, caramels, or custards
If in doubt look at what is currently popular. Social media is a great place to see what is trending. Another place is google (or whatever your preferred search engine). I have a list of go to flavours for when people are unsure and want “safe” options.
Keep it simple. The flavour combinations don’t need to be complicated. Ignore all those cooking shows that have 63 things on a single plate. Choose classical combos.
Food allergies and intolerances is a hard one. Ask when you invite people if they have any particular dietary requirements. If you haven’t asked or not everyone has replied - GF & DF is a good combo to have anyway just as a just in case. If that is also NF even better.
If a guest is particularly sensitive or multiple allergies I generally find these people will offer to bring something they know they can eat, or will be helpful in making suggestions. Keep in mind - no matter how much you clean and are careful you can not guarantee that there won't be some sort of cross contamination. Flour particles and therefore gluten hangs in the air for hours. For those with mild issues a small possibility of trace contamination won't be an issue.
If you are making your own and need help finding allergy friendly options, the internet is a wealth of information. If you are ordering from a vendor, have a chat to them about what they can offer. Most will have a number of suggestions for you.