It was party time! What better way to celebrate a milestone birthday than to share it with family and friends and plenty of delicious food. I invited over my food blogger friends and asked them to bring along a Filipino dish of their choice. Some of them have eaten Filipino food but certainly not one of them have ever cooked or baked it before.
I have held many parties and dinner parties before but I have to say, most of my focus is usually on the food. This time though, I wanted to have more style and pazzazz at my do. As this fiesta, the guests were bringing a dish (or two or three) each, I didn’t have to worry whether there will be enough food. As food bloggers, we tend to over cater.
Thanks to Fleishman Hillard PR company, I was provided with a party kit which included fun retro straws and napkins, deco tea light holders and candles for ambience and a stylish wine bucket to keep the wine and drinks cold.
The food my friends brought along were amazing. I was really impressed at their effort, most especially because they have never cooked Filipino food before. We also ordered a HUGE lechon. The meat was so tender and moist and the skin/crackling was so crunchy. It was amazing.
If you follow me on istagram and/or twitter, you will know that I share my birthday with my little boy. We celebrated his birthday with family.
Here are a few tips from Style and Fashion Host Melissa Hoyer to keep guests and yourself happy whilst entertaining,.
- Parties are all about the people so get the guest list right. Aim to have groups of people with common interests and that you know will “gel” together well.
- Three week rule: I suggest inviting your guests at least 3 weeks in advance. Hosts should give an email address for their guests to RSVP to, that way, the confirmation is saved and you can go back to it when you finalise the guest list.
- Be present and available. This can be hard when you’re constantly refilling the buffet table and justling trays of food. More importantly, everyone has come to see you and if they see you stressed then they will become uneasy
- To theme or not to theme: Themed parties puts a gimmick in every guest but really gives your guests the opportunity to talk about something to other people at the party.
- No one goes hungry on your watch: I’m always thinking about my guests, making sure they are having fun and are relaxed. Keep an eye out for clinking ice cubes. Offer to refill drinks, as you carry around platter of delicious nibbles such as cheese, pistachios and gourmet dips.
- Provide light nibbles that are easy to serve and source: I’m pretty sure that generally people love going to parties because of the sheer hospitality they recieve. I’m also sure that hosts put on parties to have fun too. My typical platter of nibbles includes bowls of flavoured Wonderful Pistachios, brie, Camembert cheddar and Jarlsberg and lots of dip flavours like chili crab, guacamole baba ghanoush and beetroot.
- Is it OK to ask people to bring something?- Of course! Most people will want to bring something. I often tend to ask to bring a bottle of something they like drinking. As a host, be confident to put the request in the invite subtly.
Thanks to Fleishman Hillard for the party kit and for the Wonderful Pistachios,