Friday, July 24, 2009

How to host the perfect dinner party on a budget

I like the sound of the following statement because it is just so true..dinner parties are just such a great way to catch up with friends.

"Feeding 6 sounds expensive but cook Annabelle White says it doesn't need to be - and is a great way to get goodwill and good fun flowing through your social life."

You can take your time without feeling pressured to leave a restaurant to make room for the next sitting..

"Annabelle White doesn't do boring dinner parties, right from the start they’re interesting. She says “I find having a large knife and greeting my guests at the door instills a certain frisson of fear - now fear tends to liven up the mood.”

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Grab the coleslaw and plan a perfect picnic - TODAY Food and wine

"Nothing screams, “summer!” louder than a picnic. It’s the most relaxing (and delicious) way to enjoy the great outdoors, it is an effortless way to bring young, old and everyone in between together, and all it takes is a patch of grass or sand, some snacks and drinks, and a blanket. It’s an adventure, a feast, and a party all at once, and you don’t actually have to go to the trouble of having anyone over for dinner. In fact, picnics have been potluck since they were invented in France way back in the 1600s, so don’t be shy about asking everyone to bring a dish."

Ain't that the truth?

When planning your next dinner party, ask yourself if a picnic might be the better option so you can enjoy the delights of the great outdoors..

It can be a lot less work but you will still be bringing people together over food..

Dannielle Kyrillos' article is worth a read..
Grab the coleslaw and plan a perfect picnic - TODAY Food and wine
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Surviving a dinner party

"As with all social occasions, your mother will doubtless have instilled in you from an early age the need for good behavior at all times. However the temptation to stray when faced with a soirée compiled entirely of friends of third cousins once removed and their respective partners, dogs and children (most probably in that order) is nothing short of colossal. Here are some top tips for taking up the gauntlet with panache, finesse and most importantly, a degree of enjoyment."

And so begins Alice Cook in her article about how to survive a dinner party..

Her tips are kind of cute .. dress to impress, watch how much you drink, smile and if you get stuck for conversation because4 you have so little in common with other guests.. play the alphabet game..

Read more here..
Surviving a dinner party | News | Houses for sale, properties for sale - Country Life
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