How To Organise A Garden Party

As we finally head into summer, many people are starting to think about hosting outdoor parties when the weather improves. Although we had some fantastic weather in the UK just before Easter, the Bank Holiday weekend itself was a little disappointing this year in comparison, so most of us are still waiting for the first proper garden party of 2017.

If you fancy doing this yourself, there are a few things to consider…

Accounting for the weather

Realistically this has to be one of the main things you consider. Although it’s usually possible to judge a week or even a fortnight in advance when the weather is due to be good, you never know for sure when you live in the UK. A good solution might be to have some kind of covering erected outside, or in the worst case scenario, let guests come back inside to avoid the rain for a while.

Setting up outside

One great way of keeping the weather at bay is to have a marquee or some other kind of outdoor shelter set up. This also gives you a good place to put your catering equipment, set up a bar or keep the entertainment system somewhere safe. Decide what kind of furniture you will need, including tables and chairs, and make sure these can be positioned appropriately.

Providing food and drink

If you want a more high-end party, you might decide to provide all of the refreshments yourself or even hire a catering company to do it for you.There are many discount catering supplies that offer very good prices, that is why you may consider this option and contact them.  However, many less formal events will rely on people brining their own drinks at least. Sometimes for barbecues it can be good for people to contribute some food too, especially if they have any special requirements. This can make the whole affair more relaxed and fun, but it;s up to you. Just make sure you communicate this decision with your guests.

Creating an atmosphere

If you’re lucky enough to get some great weather on the day of your garden party, this will really help to create a pleasant atmosphere for all of your guests. However, some pre-planning can always help things to run more smoothly. Once everyone arrives, what’s going to keep them entertained? Decorations are great for initial impressions, but you also need to consider the length of the event and how to plan the time.

Warm Winter Recipe Ideas

Now the festive period is upon us, but the winter is most likely still going to be testing us well into the New Year. Sometimes on a cold and miserable day the only thing that gets us through is thinking about a great meal we have planned out for later on. A tasty home-cooked meal is the ultimate way to reward yourself and keep your family happy during the cold winter months.

That’s why it’s the perfect time to be thinking about some warming winter recipes right now, so you can start getting some practice in and develop your skills. If you perfect a few of these comforting dishes you might notice you’re suddenly gaining popularity and have people turning up on your doorstep for dinner!

1) Classic chicken pie

You can’t go wrong with this traditional classic. A chicken pie can be stretched out further by packing it full of seasonal vegetables, or you could even replace the meat entirely for a vegetarian version just as easily. You don’t even need to make your own pastry so this tasty, family-sized dish can be made in almost no time. Experiment with your gravy and seasoning to make your pie unique.Continue Reading

Cooking with seasonal ingredients

Nowadays, it is impossible for many people to talk about inspired food preparation without mentioning about cooking with seasonal ingredients; what about you? It is not a hard task for you to choose the right seasonal ingredient for a healthy recipe, but you require a little planning and know-how. Here are four simple guidelines that can help you to demystify great seasonal cooking.

Start by investigating your local market

Choosing ingredients that farmers grow in your region will eliminate the guesswork of what is in the season. You do not have to traverse seasonality when you focus on locally grown food. Shop at farmer’s markets, green markets, or direct from farmers.Continue Reading