Questions To Ask Yourself Before Hosting A Custom Dinner Party

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A dinner party is usually a tight-knit, low-key affair centered around excellent food and conversation. To foster the right connectedness with you and your guests, you should make sure you have everything you need to make them feel comfortable and cared for. Whether the event is classy and elegant with a few dozen guests, or simply an intimate get-together with friends, you should always facilitate a fun and relaxing environment.

Ask yourself these essential questions before hosting your dinner party and you’re sure to make it an evening to remember.

Do guests have any food allergies or intolerances?

It’s a lovely thought to want to make your favorite food for your guests. However, your close friends and family might have a dietary restriction you may not be aware of that has never come up in conversation or that you may not recall, so it’s important to check with your guests prior to putting together your menu.

It would really spoil the party if your gluten-intolerant guest couldn’t enjoy pasta and breadsticks and you didn’t have a backup, or you made a sauce with a trace of peanuts and your guest had an allergic reaction. Additionally, your guest simply might not like something on the menu, and you should spare them the awkwardness of pretending to eat and enjoy it.

Do you have all the equipment you need?

Party rental equipment is less expensive than you might think, and you’ll be able to host a much more successful and comfortable party if you have the right tools at your disposal. This includes dishware, cutlery, hot and cold serving trays, buffet tables, seating, tables, and much more.

For bigger parties, you can even rent stages and sound systems for any hired performers. You won’t regret going the extra mile to get party rental equipment if it saves you countless time and effort. Plus, most rental services offer setup, takedown, delivery, and pickup, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Can you cook a high-quality meal for everyone?

Before you set your mind to cooking a big dinner party for a dozen hungry guests, consider if you’re skilled enough, if you have enough time, and if doing so would cause you a great amount of stress. If you and/or your other hosts can manage it, great. But if you want a fancy dinner and you don’t feel confident in your cooking skills, consider hiring a caterer or private chef.

There are many obvious benefits to getting your food made for you or delivered, but one you might not have thought of is how much time and energy it saves you. Cooking for a large group is exhausting, and having to make sure they’re all warm and ready on time is a big undertaking. You might finally get to dinnertime and not even have the energy to entertain your guests or enjoy yourself. If you see that happening, consider other options.

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Do you have enough beverages?

Just because it’s a dinner party doesn’t mean you should focus on the food and forget everything else! Make sure you have enough beverages – alcoholic or otherwise – to quench your guests’ thirst throughout the whole night.

Not sure how much to get? A general rule of thumb is to assume at least one drink per hour per person, then get extras in case someone still wants more. Some people advise to plan for at least two drinks for each person if it’s cocktail hour. Chances are, guests will bring beverages to your party themselves, but that’s not guaranteed, so you should always make sure you have enough to share. Make sure you purchase non-alcoholic beverage options for anyone who may not drink or who may be the designated driver for the evening, as well.

Do you have enough space for coats and shoes?

It’s a simple thing to remember, but it’s annoying if you forget to think about it. Simply make sure you’ve assigned enough space for your guests’ coats, shoes, and bags when they arrive!

Did you unload the dishwasher?

Here’s your friendly reminder to clear the dishwasher before the party starts! It’ll make your future much happier, we promise.

Have you stocked up on snacks and nibblers?

Your guests should have a moment to chit-chat and unwind before everyone takes their place for dinner. Besides drinks, your guests would certainly enjoy the presence of a few appetizers to munch on. Also, a snack tray gives people a central point to gather around and make mingling easy.

You can offer a bowl with chips and salsa, or you can prepare tantalizing amuse-bouches if you’re hosting a fancy affair. Make sure your snacks are very light and not filling, otherwise a guest that arrives hungry might fill up on snacks and not eat enough of the delicious dinner you prepared!

Relax and have fun!

A dinner party is meant to be intimate and enjoyable. Take a breather and relax, and if you’ve followed our tips and done your planning, it’ll go wonderfully. Enjoy!

Dreamy Eco-Friendly Destinations In Australia For A Perfect Wedding

Eco-friendly weddings are becoming more and more popular as people realize how much unnecessary waste they actually create with conventional weddings. A wedding can be as dreamy and magical, even if it is eco-friendly. All you need is eco-friendly or recycled materials, an adjustment of clothing, and the perfect wedding destination. Green is the new colour of romance.

1. Hayman Island

Those who want to get closer to Australia’s most impressive monument of nature- The Great Barrier Reef- should consider holding their wedding at Hayman Island. Not only is this destination the epitome of luxury, but it also offers an unbelievable view across the Reef. Take care to be equally stunning when you first meet the Great Barrier Reef.

You and your guests will be able to enjoy a day infused with a whole other world. The colourful branches of the Reef can’t be missed, and neither can the equally colourful inhabitants living in it. Who knows, you might even be blessed by a majestic sea turtle.

2. Daintree rainforest

Getting married in the heart of the rainforest will be the most amazing thing you’ll experience. The Daintree Rainforest is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, meaning you’ll get to share your special moment with Earth’s core. Of course, the Rainforest is rather welcoming and opens its trees to any couple with pure love for nature and each other.

That being said, you should also know that the Daintree Rainforest is home to many who have deemed the conventional concrete jungle unlivable. If you’re lucky, you may also encounter some indigenous animals in the forest, like the Cassowary.

3. Lord Howe Island

Those looking for a tropical destination have found it. Lord Howe is a small island in the Tasmanian Sea, characterized by its sandy beaches and subtropical forests. It’s the perfect destination for those who love the ocean view as well as the comfort and adventure the forest provides.

Untouched nature will be at your fingertips, allowing you to bring a whole new dimension to the word “eco-friendly.” You’re bound to be amazed by the view on top of the island as well as the feel of the perfect sand between your toes and the cold ocean breeze.

4. Hunter Valley

One of the things that makes weddings in Hunter Valley stunning is the scenery. The rolling greenery and vineyards provide a unique view for you and your guests. The scenery also creates an intimate atmosphere, making the wedding even more romantic. As well as that, you are always in sync with nature, as you are completely enveloped by it.

Hunter Valley is also famous for being home to Australian finest wines, so you and your guests will be able to revel in the tastes of nature, as well. As far as the wedding grounds are concerned, the perfect eco-friendly venue awaits. You can count on the accommodation being eco-friendly, too. The rest comes down to you.

5. Gunners Barracks

Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful sights Australia has to offer. That being said, it’s not very eco-friendly, and thereby doesn’t make the ideal location for your wedding. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a destination you could go to that had a view of luxury but met your eco-friendly standards? Well, you’re lucky that there is. Gunners Barracks is a heritage site that looks upon the amazing Sydney Harbour, thus combining your need to preserve the environment and marvel at the modern beauty that is the Harbour.

This is a historic sight which means it showcases the beauty of both nature and history in this region. The thing that makes the nature pop is the fact that Gunners Barracks are settled between the mesmerizing bushland of Georges Heights and Mosman. Not only is the area eco-friendly, but it’s also luxurious and very dreamy. From the moment you see it, you want to take advantage of the venue and the high quality services it has to offer. As well as being a place where you can get high tea and lunch, Gunners Barracks is no stranger to hosting weddings and events, either. This means that you won’t have to worry about your wedding being anything less than perfect. The people working here are professionals who know exactly what to do to make your big day extra special without compromising nature for it.

What makes the venue truly perfect for a wedding is the fact that it’s so secluded and romantic. You’ll get to share the most special and remarkable moment of your life with only the ones you care about. At least for a day, Gunners Barracks will be your oasis and little world where you’re royalty. The vintage charm is bound to sweep you off your feet, too. This is truly the other, more romantic and meaningful side of fairytale weddings. It focuses on the feelings and comfort instead of the flashy details. Add a magnificent wedding cake to the mix and you’ve got the wedding of your dreams.

6. Blue Mountains

If you’re looking for a unique and authentic experience in nature, your wedding should definitely be at the Blue Mountains. Not only is the scenery absolutely perfect for an eco-friendly wedding, so is the accommodation. Thanks to the stunning tree house cabin, you’ll get to feel like you’re one with nature even when you’re not actually outside.

There is no better décor than nature itself, which is why the cabin is surrounded in glass, not letting you miss the moment of the world. Your wedding will be marked by stunning details, mesmerizing trees and plants native to the region, and unforgettable views. Don’t forget your camera.

7. Uluru

Located in the heart and centre of Australia, Uluru is one of the country’s symbols that you’ll surely adore. Commonly known as the red country, Uluru can offer a plethora of activities for your wedding. The adventurous couple will love to get to know the wildlife, as Uluru is home to many native Australian animals that you won’t encounter anywhere else. As well as that, you can count on some cultural and educational activities, bringing you and your guests closer to Australia and its nature.

The location itself is rather scenic, providing a romantic and kind of rustic ambience, ideal for any wedding. The reception itself might be magical, but you’ll fall in love with your wedding every time you open the photo album and see the way the light reflects and the sun shines in each photograph.

8. Paronella Park

If you’re dreaming of a royal wedding but don’t want to leave a footprint on the world that such a wedding would leave, Paronella Park is perfect for you. Located in Queensland, this fairytale location is surrounded by nature. You could get married in a castle while still being surrounded by a rainforest. Not only will you be surrounded by a rainforest, but you’ll also get to enjoy the nature. After all, there are tennis courts, bridges, and a tunnel all in the same place. Can you imagine the amazing wedding photos that can come out of this venue?

There’s no better way to commemorate your wedding and make it more eco-friendly than to completely tie it to nature. If you need one more reason to choose this destination, you’ve got it. You and your guests will also be able to enjoy a picnic right next to the most mesmerizing waterfalls you’ll ever see. On top of all that, you’ll be happy to know that this destination is Eco accredited. Your dreams of getting married in a truly eco-friendly location with all the luxury it can offer can finally come true.

Conclusion

As you can see, Australia has a lot to offer to the eco-friendly couple. Not only will these destinations bring out the caring nature and love for the world you carry within, but they’ll also be excellent for bringing romance up to a whole new level. Your dream day will be unique, magical, but also socially responsible. In other words, it will be what we all want our wedding to be: perfect.

 

 

 

How To Set A Perfect Vintage Wedding-Winter Wedding Edition

One of the most popular themes for weddings is the winter wonderland. It is romantic, gorgeous and imaginative, you will have a feeling that you are in a fairy tale. Tables decorated in silver and white, white paths, faux snowing on you, sparkling crystals, and frosted trees will make your big day unforgettable.

The idea of a winter wedding is very magical, and we believe that every bride deserves to have one regardless of the weather. Dream up your wedding decor with cozy crystallized glow tables, snowflake gobos, snowy white cakes and frosted floral centerpieces. In this article, we will show you a couple of ideas you should use for your dream wedding!

If you want to know more all you have to do is read on.

White Perfection

These days, event planners and sophisticated brides know there is always a way to make any color palette work for winter time. One of the most effective, least expensive and easiest themes is all white. What are you looking for is an absence of color, and you could also use cream or ivory.

It is beautiful, simple and classic. The best part is that you won’t have to think about other colors and will they match with the background. And let’s not forget the most important thing – your perfectly white wedding dress!

You could scatter white confetti on your wedding table and decorate the other tables with white tablecloths. Of course, table centers, candles or vases need to be ivory, cream or white. It will give your vintage wedding the all-white effect.

Don’t forget about the wedding aisle as the most gorgeous and the first thing people will notice, that will leave a long-lasting impression. It is important to decorate it in the wonderland style, so use tree branches and paint it white. Decorate it with the white petals and pinecones, snowflakes and faux snow, candles and crystal garlands.

Frosty Blue

There is nothing more wintery like than the cool tones of frosty blues. If you don’t want your wedding to be too girly, this breathtaking color palette is a perfect choice for your big day! It is romantic, and it brings that cold magic that you only see in fairy tales.

With the beautifully styled reception, romantic ceremony and blue tones you will have a picture of timeless elegance perfection. Capture the essence of winter in your most important day color scheme by calling on ice shades of blue and a little touch of silver. It will look perfect in portraits because it is whimsical and glamorous.

It is an excellent idea to use PhotoBoothMe at your wedding when you have that winter fairytale background. You can make some memorable, beautiful photos of your spouse, family, and friends!

Crystal and Silver

For setting the right mood it is crucial to have luxe materials for that timeless look. If you choose silver use classic look of wedding cake, serving platters and pastry tiers and shining candelabras.

It is an excellent idea to use some crystal trees that you could rent. Or you could keep the décor minimal with lots of atmospheric lighting and silver sprayed branches. Glamorous crystal beaded capes and pale liquid gowns lend themselves to a gorgeous bridal look.

Flowers

When it comes to flowers, you can have anything you want for your big day. If you want a dreamy, light look for your bouquet, the best choice for you would be fall-blooming anemones. They vary in hue and will retain different shades of blue, pink and lavender.

Dusty miller may not be technically a flower, but its silvery-gray color will give that cool accent in your bouquet, and it will be the perfect addition to your winter fairytale wedding. It can be paired with other bouquets because its color go with any other you prefer.

Our next top choice is Lily of the valley. It is the most fantastic flower that will be an excellent option for your bouquet. Even the way it falls looks like snow.

Lighting and Draping

Most of the brides dream about the perfect outdoor wedding. If you want to get that look hire a professional to drape the statement tables, walls, and ceilings with twinkle lights and organza or tulle. It will transform any room entirely, and you will have a feeling that you are in some fantastic place.

Bear in mind that this idea is not cheap at all, but you will have wedding you always wanted!

Conclusion

We hope that you liked these ideas and that you will use some of them when planning your perfect big day! It will give your wedding that vintage, elegant and gorgeous look! And most importantly you will feel like you are in a winter wonderland!

 

Twas the Month Before Christmas – A Christmas Dinner Time Line

A month in advance
Make and freeze soup and cookies.
Take stock of your cutlery, china, stemware and linens.  If your party or dinner is too large for your personal collection be sure and contact a party rental supply shop to best fit your needs.

Two to three weeks before
Decorate the house.

The week before
Make a list of everything you want to serve.
Clean out the refrigerator to make room for holiday groceries.
Shop for all non perishables.
Make place cards.
Bake and freeze desserts and breads.
Buy or make extra ice.
Polish silverware

Up to two days before
Shop for the remaining ingredients.
Make casseroles and salads that will
keep in the refrigerator.
Make centerpieces and floral arrangements.

Up to one day before
Remove frozen dishes from the freezer.
Cut vegetables.
Make stuffing.
Decorate and set tables and buffets.
Set up extra tables.
Clean and polish the dining room tables.
Iron linens.
Lay out tablecloths, napkins, glasses and silver.

Day of
Chill the wine and soft drinks.
Make punch and eggnog.
Prepare the main dish and any “sides” you haven’t made in advance.

Tailgate Food Tips

The key to a safe tailgate picnic is keeping hot food hot and cold food cold. This requires planning and a few basic guidelines.

•Pack food in air­tight plastic con­tainers or bags that seal tightly and will not break.

•Layer sealed con­tainers on the bottom of an insu­lated cooler, putting heavier items in first.

•Chill all cooked foods in the refrig­erator before pack­ing them in the cooler.

•Pack highly per­ishable foods di­rectly next to ice in the cooler.

•Secure items such as bottles and jars to prevent breakage.

•Transport the cooler in the inte­rior of the car, not the hot trunk.

•Place cooler in the shade and keep the lid closed. An iced-down cooler will keep perishable food cold for a few hours but not all day in the hot sun.

•Serve food in the team spirit by us­ing baskets, buck­ets, and trays lined with fabric or linens in your school’s colors.

•Serve food with paper or plastic plates and uten­sils; cleanup will be easy.