Canapes are such a lovely way to start off any dinner party. Immediately being given some delicious bite size treats with a glass of bubbles or wine is a sure-fire way to put anyone’s mind at ease and set them up for an evening of thorough enjoyment. Often when people [...]
Cooking at home for guests can be daunting, especially when you have guests coming over tomorrow night and you’re still googling ‘10 Do’s and Don’ts for your next dinner party Well, first off DON’T Panic. Throwing dinner parties is what we do and so we have compiled a handy little [...]
Although native bush foods may have appeared to have had a resurgence in the limelight of current food trends, Indigenous Australians have been aware of their many wonderful flavours and properties for over 40,000 years.
Invitations are a useful tool in setting the scene for your dinner party so that it is clear from the outset what kind of an occasion you will be hosting. Besides including factual information, you will be able set the tone by the way you word and issue the invitations. Do all of this well ahead so that they can be sent out in good time and have the best chance of your guests being available.
With Mother’s Day approaching, there is no time like the present to start looking for that perfect gift for that most special person in your life-mum. Whether “mum” is your own mum, your wife, your sister, or your friend, you’ll want to choose a thoughtful gift they will love.
As Spring and Summer roll in its time to turn the focus to outdoor dining and entertaining. With a few simple tips you can be hosting fabulous outdoor gatherings in no time.
With tech being such a huge part of the food and dining industry it’s no wonder companies are releasing apps that are targeted towards those who make it their business to be in the know about all things food and drink. These apps are must-haves for every foodie out there.
As the Seasons change and new produce becomes readily available, foodies anxiously await their favorite flavors and new dish combinations. Here are five of the best flavors that foodies wait for all Winter.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner we thought a lot about finding the perfect gift for your mum but also for your wife, sister, girlfriend or any other lady of taste.
When food is in season, it is just plain better. Eating food in season means eating food the way nature intended it to be. The flavor is at its strongest, you get the most nutritional value, and it is at its cheapest price!
Cooking classes are both fun and educational. You can pick up some serious skills and cooking know-how that will enrich your experience with preparing food. There are a variety of places where you can experience a cooking class, but perhaps the most personalized way is to hire a personal chef to come into your home and hold a few classes.
It is all about the presentation and ambience not how much money you have spent, guests don’t come with calculators in their pockets, they come to enjoy themselves! Our usual mantra of plan well and plan ahead are the crux of the matter when trying to keep to a budget. [...]
Everyone loves a good dinner party-even those on special diets. The Paleo diet is no exception. While it is still gaining in popularity, over the years the it has gained a bit of a reputation as being a bit restrictive when it comes to food choices. But, the right private [...]
Does your Paleo lifestyle have you shying away from the idea of throwing a dinner party? Does the idea of planning a menu, shopping, and then coking for a table full of non-Paleo eaters seem stressful? It doesn’t have to be. First, remember that just because your guests don’t eat [...]
If you are considering throwing a party and are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of a Friday or Saturday night soiree, start small. Brunch is a great meal to host. Hosting Brunch lets you hone your hosting skills and throw a simple and fun party with great food. Read on for some tips that will have you hosting brunch in no time.
In 2014, canapés, or small plates are listed as one of the top five food trends. And it’s no wonder. Canapés offer a wide variety of tastes, endless wine and cocktail pairings, and they can be casual or all dressed up to fit any event, big or small.
If you’re thinking of hosting a wine tasting a great place to start is by enlisting a home catering service. Their sommeliers will bring their knowledge and skills to you so you and your guests can enjoy your tasting. Here are some ways to get started.
Let’s face it a dinner party isn't a party without music. I mean great conversation is essential but so is the appropriate soundtrack to the night. Here are our top 5 tips for creating the perfect dinner party playlist. 1. Tempo and volume The trick here is moderation on both [...]
There are a lot of amazing food blogs run out of Australia. But instead of giving you a list of a hundred of the best food blogs, we narrowed it down to our top nine. They’re all different - some focus mainly on the recipes, some on the photography of food, and some on traveling - but each one is engaging, interesting, and fun to look at. Have a look.
One minute everything can be relaxed going swimmingly on a first date; great conversation, good food, then bam-you are handed the wine list and the pressure is on. Even for an avid wine drinker or wine club member the first date wine choice can be a challenge. So what’s the right approach for choosing the right first date wine?
A recent study commissioned by French Wines with Style recently revealed that a person’s wine preference may say a lot about their personality. The study found that drinkers of different types of wine drinkers actually had quite different social habits.
We’ve all been in this situation before - after about ten minutes of staring blankly at the wine aisle in the local bottle shop, we pick one at random, or find the bottle with the prettiest label, just so we can get out of there and go home. There is so much to choose from, so many dates, types, regions, and vineyards to sort through, that the task of picking out a delicious bottle of wine becomes an arduous chore. If this sounds familiar to you, a Wine Club may be the perfect solution.
Fine dining is a luxury to be savoured! But it is not always necessary to go to a smart restaurant. Indeed with a little help, it is quite simple to replicate it in your own home without sleepless nights and getting so stressed you can’t think straight! Follow these 5 basic principles and amaze not only your guests but yourself as well.
The guest list can make or break your dinner party and is worthy of time and careful consideration. It is important to think about who is to be included and who is definitely not! the aim is to throw a party where guests will feel relaxed to be themselves and enjoy the evening. Follow our tips and you can be sure that they will.
Once you have your final guest list, you will be able to plan where everyone should sit. The idea is for guests to be able to take their seats in a calm and relaxed manner, so avoid a last minute scramble by deciding before hand and either have place cards or tell each one where to sit as they enter the room. If you are confident and decisive, people will feel much more comfortable than if you keep changing your mind as they hover behind a chair and you move everyone round until you are happy with the arrangement. So do all your experimenting with placements before the guests arrive.
The answer to making sure your dinner guests have a good time lies in making sure your timing is absolutely spot on. With a little thought well ahead and careful timetabling you can be sure all will go according to plan.
You have done the best you can with the guest list, styling, food and drink and these are the basic necessities for making a good dinner party, but how about making it the excellent dinner party that everyone will really, really enjoy? The answer is simple, good conversation, one that [...]
The fine dining experience begins with an elegant place setting, in readiness for the guests as they sit down. To recreate this in your home, you will need to be well prepared in good time, even as far in advance as the day before, so there is no last minute scrabble and each guest will have a clearly defined place. Follow this guide and it will get your dinner party off on the right path from the minute the guests arrive at your table.
The success of your dinner party depends on the experience the guests have from the minute they arrive at your front door to the minute they leave, and that will be your responsibility. It is always good to get your guidelines from a top restaurant, so think about the last [...]
Everyone knows that good planning makes for an easier and more successful party. Check out this week-by-week list of party planning and score some great planning ideas for your next event.