Monday, 21 December 2015

How to create a Light Dining experience


Recently I had Adams family over for a mini Christmas partay before I jet off to Houston to see the fam. I do not host many dinner parties as my lounge only really fits four, comfortably and I was going to have 6 adults, 2 kids and a cat and....I had to make my lounge as party esq as possible along with a beautiful dining experience - challenge accepted!

The only thing that would work for this many people in a small small would be light dining, buffet style I also had the fun challenge of including the new flavours of PoPChips new flavours into my recipes:
Sea Salt, Garlic & Rosemary
Sea salt, caramelised onion & thyme

I dotted the new flavours around the lounge for people to snack on. on a separate note I am loving the new packaging, looks like it has been created with watercolours.

Decor
If nothing else, always buy flowers, they brighten up the roo and always add a fresh scent,I brought some white flowers to match the season and had lots of candles dotted around the house including my favourite Noel candle from Crabtree & Evelyn. I also scattered these beautiful silver glitter stars from The White Company. To keep in with the light dining theme I used fun paper plates from Selfridges which has fun words embossed in metallics like Jolly and Happy which I just thought was adorable I kinda didn't want anyone to use them so I could keep them on display.

So what did we eat...

- PoPchips new flavours Sea Salt, Caramalised Onion & Thyme and Sea Salt, Garlic & Rosemary.
- Peppers stuffed with goats cheese.
- Tiger bread & biscuits with a selection of cheeses including my favourite Caramalised Onion. 
- Salad: mixed salad leaves, pomegranate, roasted walnuts, Camembert & apple.
- Gammon,boiled in 2l of Coke and honey glazed.
- Caramelised onion, goats cheese & Thyme tart with a sprinkle of sea salt (Tip: Caramalised onions always taste better when you make it yourself)
- Sea salt, garlic & thyme roast potatoes cut into cubes.

What did we drink

For this late lunch, Piper-H Champers had to be served from my new DIY bar cart.

With music, catching up and gifts to keep the little ones busy it was a great afternoon with delicious food. I need to put on more parties next time a more sophisticated sit down meal is on the cards with four people max!
buffet dining
popchips
popchips
ikea hack bar cart
buffet
buffet
goats cheese tart
biscuits
flowers
pomegranate, walnut, apple salad
buffet
joyful
honey glazed ham






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