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Tips To Throwing A Casually Awesome Arvo

written by Amber September 30, 2014

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I’m sure we all agree that the idea of snuggling up by the fire place with a glass of red wine is glorious but after a long winter, I’m over it. I’m over freezing my butt off and having to wear slippers around the house 247.

So, in an effort to summons summer to arrive earlier I thought I’d entertain the idea of entertaining

The sun setting on the back porch or yard is pretty much a must have for me, it makes for a perfect spot to host a few quiet ones on a sunny afternoon but I must confess, I’m probably the least talented in the kitchen out of all my friends so, I’ve put together a few tips on throwing a casually awesome arvo if you’re not so hot in the kitchen

 

 

single serveLighting and Candles : I’d suggest dotting candles around the house it’s always a nice touch especially in the bathroom and for when that sun does eventually set its important you have thought about your outside lighting.

Mozzies: Don’t forget about insect repellent, outdoor citronella candles are a nice natural option. It’s a sure fire way to unravel a night when those miniature vampires crash the party

Food: If you’re no whiz in the kitchen then make sure you have plenty of yummy nibbles. Buy a whole smoked fish with plenty of tiny picking folks, crackers, cheese (the basics), some delicious honeycomb which always make the plate look interesting, hunt out a couple of perfect pates, keeping ing mind colour. So throwing in Basil and cocktail tomatoes add a gorgeous colour pop

Clean The House: One thing that always gets the house clean is knowing people are coming over, the house never looks better but make sure you do this with plenty of time

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The Host Sets The Mood: If the host is busy fussing around no one will relax so pick an outfit that’s classy but fuss free. A silk shirt with your favourite jeans or an easy maxi dress with some fun jewelry .. and bare feet 🙂

Style: No need to exert yourself here but it’s nice to have a flavour of style running through your evening. I love to use big chunky chopping boards as serving platters and a few yummy jugs floating around . Pims is always an easy and refreshing one to provide on the side. That alone starts to set the flavour for the evening, it’s almost a modern twist on a country vibe. Go with what you like. Heck you can even make it themed . It’s your party do what you like !

Small things: Extra toilet rolls, having a couple of hand towels set a side in the bathroom, sweets for later, Polaroid camera .. this is a must, they are so much better than dodgy selfies on your phone (although they always seam like such a good idea).

Fun. Have it

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