Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Let the party begin

Yay - an article from my hometown of Sydney..

No matter what others may say.. I feel the dinner party is back and I have said this several times in my blog here..

Joel Sharpe, a former chef  agrees - he says "back in the '70s there were a lot of dinner parties … then in the '80s and '90s people moved away from that into restaurants. They had money and wanted to spend it, so they would prefer to eat out. But in the past five years I've noticed that trend totally reversing. People are wanting to have those private things at home and have their friends around."

People can express through food and their whole dinner party experience they way they feel about they guests.. is there anything as great as a successful dinner party when you know everyone has had a sensational night?

I have been watching "My Kitchen Rules" where contestants host a dinner party in their home and try to provide the perfect experience. I've really enjoyed it.. If dinner parties weren't so popular shows like this would be as popular as they are..

Let the party begin
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Stress Free Dinner Party?

Well, when I read this article it sure caught my eye.. I am not one to stress and that's why I think I enjoy dinner parties so much.

I love and agree with Lady Macdonald's quote - she says:

"You don't want to impress people, you want scrummy food that you can do in advance. Nothing kills the atmosphere more than an exhausted host."

Don't you agree?

Dinner party recipes from Claire Macdonald - Telegraph
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Food for Thought: Host a romantic dinner party this weekend

I love the thought of a Valentine's Day dinner party some time over the weekend that doesn't interfere with your own romantic celebrations.

A dinner as stated in this article that "features all the traditional flavors of love (and passion!)".

Share your love with your friends too..

Doesn't this sound great - "Your guests will swoon over the addition of passion fruit juice to the usual Cosmo recipe. The tropical fruit gives the drink just enough sweetness to complement the savory appetizers. The pink sugar rim adds a little sparkle."

There are some fabulous recipe ideas and the recipes are included..

I hope you have a happy Valentine's Day!!

Food for Thought: Host a romantic dinner party this weekend - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star
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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Homemade centerpieces add color to dinner table

I am all into setting the scene for your dinner party - the ambiance..

This includes the smooth music that is playing as your guests arrive, the delicious odors wafting through the air, the lighting, the table setting and more.. and yes - a fabulous centerpiece helps..

Check out this article for ideas..

"When planning a dinner party, you want the table to be just right. It needs to look inviting and be well appointed, but because accessories can be expensive, we need an idea that is both attractive and economical.How about a homemade yet professional-looking centerpiece?"
Homemade centerpieces add color to dinner table | The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind.
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