Event Affairs News-Zine Edition 17 - Page 20

Hosting the Ultimate Summer Shindig We’re not sure where 2016 disappeared to, but what we do know is that summer is here in all its glory. Long days and scorching temperatures call for sizzling summer parties. If you’re staying put for December, you definitely have no excuse. And if you’re gallivanting over the festive break, why not gather your nearest and dearest for one last summer fling. Not sure where to start? We’ve taken the guesswork out of party planning. Obviously, it’s what we do best! Pour yourself a tall glass of something refreshing and take note. Make it Appetising There’s no need to slave over a hot stove for hours. Put together platters of delicious dips, your favourite breads, tapas and other yummy snacks. Leave them out for your guests to nibble on and enjoy throughout the day. Bon appetite! Feeling Fruity What’s one of the best things about summer? The fruit! Bulk order the pineapples and watermelon. Scoop out the pineapple and use the skin as cocktail mugs. Cut up the watermelon and other fruit and make flavoursome fruity skewers. [20] Get Frozen Keep your guests cool by freezing your favourite cocktails (or mocktails.) How does a delicious strawberry and champagne popsicle sound? Fill a wheelbarrow with ice to keep cold drinks, beers and ciders cool. And finally, have some fun with the ice tray. Add some lemon slices or edible flowers to give your ice a decorative statement. Berry Nice Strawberries, cranberries, raspberries - any berries are great for decorating glasses and straws. Berries compliment most drinks, and look great too! Take a Seat Don’t worry about asking friends to bring camping chairs, you won’t need them! Throw down some large pillows and blankets to give your event a relaxed feel. Let guests kick off their shoes and unwind. Bring Indoor Outdoor You don’t need to hire tables. Just bring your indoor table outside - instant garden furniture! Bring a few brightly coloured table cloths into the mix and you’ve got yourself a festive outdoor affair.