How to Entertain in Style this Silly Season

We’re almost done with summer for another year (if you can believe it!), so it’s up to us to make the most of the warm weather while it’s still around. Especially in Adelaide, as ‘Mad March’ is nearly upon us, there’s no better time to get together with a bunch of your favourite people and enjoy this festival season before that’s gone too! To make it just that much easier, we’ve thrown together a guide to entertaining in style this season. 

Invest in entertaining wares.
Especially for events involving food (if you’re like me and my friends, when don’t they involve food?!), having beautiful serving ware makes the gathering seem that much more special. Pieces that can suit many styles are always a good idea, as they will work no matter what your theme is. Gold or brass cutlery is a widely-loved favourite at the moment, as well as matte-finish dinnerware and linen napkins.

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Get your guests hands-on.
For something different, why not have your guests get involved! Hold a ‘make your own taco’ dinner party or a ‘create your own cocktail’ night. Grab some mixers and ask your guests to bring one cocktail ingredient. Everyone will have a blast creating their own concoctions, and it crosses alcohol off the list of things you might need to provide. Bonus!

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Have a theme.
One way to easily create a memorable shindig is to have a theme which unites all aspects of your gathering. It has a greater overall impact, and makes decorating and organising easier by keeping you on a specific track. Want to take it a step further? Ask your guests to dress up according to the theme, or provide an on-theme accessory for them as they arrive such as a Hawaiian lei or a cowboy hat.

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It’s all about the food.
Food is not only delicious (duh!) but also can be beautiful, especially when arranged the right way.  A platter is a great starting point – gather a selection of cheeses, breads and crackers, condiments and cured meats and arrange them with assorted seasonal and dried fruits such as figs, pears and apricots. The variety of tastes, textures and colours will not only create an edible feast but a visual feast too!

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Consider your layout.
As the drinks keep flowing, it’s a good idea to have both areas for your guests to mingle and relax. With a dining set up, a dining table and chairs with some space around it for standing is simple and works well. For relaxed drinks and nibbles, some strategically placed chairs and side tables should be enough. If a laid-back, bohemian-style gathering is more your pace, try placing piles of cushions around a low table for your guests to sit at.

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