Plan the perfect stress free summer partybecaleb
Summertime is a wonderful season to gather with friends and family. Schedules are more open, days are longer, and all of us feel more relaxed and social.
If you’re lucky, entertaining is as easy and natural as a stroll along the beach. If you’re not so lucky, planning even the smallest bring ‘n braai can be bit stressful.
If it’s your turn to host, here are some tips to keep it simple and stress free:
Make it a date
You don’t want to spend hours making plans only to find out most of your buddies are going away for a long weekend. Pick a date in advance and give your guests plenty of time to RSVP.
Check for dietary requirements
Find out if anyone has any allergies or specific dietary requirements ahead of time. This will take the guesswork out of what to prepare and your guests will be chuffed at the extra effort.
Get the write stuff
The humble to-do list is your friend. Write down everything you need before heading to your favourite Mall of the North stores to stock up on eats, treats and party goodies. Your list will help you stick to your budget and prevent the dreaded moment of remembering something crucial minutes before your guests arrive.
Pick tried-and-true recipes
The day of your party is NOT the time to haul out the gourmet cook book and experiment with a complicated recipe. If you’re donning the chef’s hat stick to a simple menu you know and love.
Tunes set the tone
An amazing playlist is a great way to provide instant atmosphere to any get together. Make a playlist of easy listening favourites or make a mix of the latest summer hits to get the party started.
Snacks as a starter
Snacks are great appetizer and can easily double as a starter. With so many delicious pre-packed platters and deli items to choose from at any supermarket you won’t have to spend hours on prep.
Get creative with the salads
Plain salads are out this summer. There are dozens of easy salad recipes online that incorporate fresh fruit, nuts, mirco herbs and edible flowers that will leave your guests truly impressed.
Keep the bugs away
No one invited the bugs to the party, so keep the gate-crashing mosquitoes and flies with away with netting and citronella candles.
However big or small your gathering we hope it’s a memorable one. And when you’re done being the best hostess, remember to treat yourself to Mall of the North’s incredible Black Friday specials on 23 November! Cheers to summer!