GOOD LOOKS - Summer Party Games

Sunday, February 7, 2016

watch out!

One of the highlights of our Summer Parties, is always the Water Balloon Fight! To be honest it is a bit of pain filling up all of the balloons - so we do it the day before. But it is always worth it - as it really is such good fun!

UP TO GOOD - Sunday Sneak Peek

welcome home to pattern

Are you ready for a sneak peek of something new? Launched in 2006 by London based designers, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, Mini Moderns is an interiors brand specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, rugs and ceramics. And we are excited to introduce later this week some of their goodies for the kicthen and the table!

Their design influences range from mid-century British textiles to vintage toys, from literature to childhood memories. Travel also influences their work - and much of their inspiration comes from holidays and field trips, both at home and abroad. Now, it is time for their retro look to inspire your home!

GOOD TASTE - Hummus Recipe

Saturday, February 6, 2016

a hummus hit

For our Summer Party, my friend Donna always brings a hostess gift, but this year I skipped etiquette and said that if she was going to bring something (which always does!) what I would really love is her hummus! It was the highlight of my snacks table and was finished in minutes.

And not only did she share the recipe with me but you can try it out too...

Basic hummus recipe

Serves 6-8 as a starter

2 x 400g cans of chickpeas (reserve the liquid and a few chickpeas for decoration)
4 tsp tahini
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp crushed sea salt
 6 tbsp quality extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
 3½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
 Coriander or parsley leaves

Rinse the chickpeas in cold water and tip into the food processor. Add the tahini, crushed garlic, salt, lemon juice and seven tablespoons of the reserved liquid from the cans. Turn on the food processor and slowly pour in the oil.

When the mixture is fully combined and smooth, tip it into a serving dish. Drizzle with some more extra virgin olive oil and decorate with a few whole chickpeas. Sprinkle with paprika and finely chopped coriander or parsley leaves, for colour.

GOOD LOOKS - The Summer Table

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

summer in stages

Every year for the past three years, we host a big Summer Party and each year it gets easier and easier. The great thing about planning a season themed bash is that when it comes to shopping for decorations and tableware you don't mind investing in some nice pieces because you will be able to use them not only for the whole summer season but can put them in storage and bring them out every year. As long as you stick to bright colours and not too theme specific you only then need to swap out the paper napkins and some garlands...

Here's a little peek at my "Summer Collection" over the years.

For our first Summer party, most of the budget went on basics like the braai, outdoor furniture, so to be honest the only "fun" thing I bought that year were these painted little tins (and a matching bowl and salad servers) that I use as toothpicks and cutlery holders...

This year, I was so luckily at the last minute to pick up 24 colourful Laguiole steak knives on a 50% sale!

Finally after 3 years of paper cups and plates, I treated our table to proper ceramicware - these gorgeous plates are part of Rice Denmarks Collection.

This year I am wanting to look into a more permanent outdoor lighting solution (I'm thinking festoon lights) and for fun I know we are going to be stocking some pretty cool marquee lights that will be the talk of the town! 

What are your summer plans?

GOODIES - Valentine's Day Decor

Monday, February 1, 2016

romantic glow

Looking for osmethings pecial for your Valentine's day table? These rechargeable lights turns glasses into lamps. Fill a glass with water and float the light on top. An improvised table feature that creates a great atmosphere and different glasses create different lighting effects. The floating light is water resistant, uses a super bright LED and is charged by USB. The perfect gift for any hopeless romantic. 

GOOD NEWS - Vacancy in Parkhurst

job opening

With the new month, comes new opportunities!

GOOD TASTE - Hugo Cocktail recipe

Saturday, January 30, 2016

how to make a hugo

Hugo is a fresh and tasty cocktail, the perfect drink for the hot summer and a huge hit at my Tropical party! It is easy to prepare, there is no need of bartenders equipment, and is just a few ingredients mixed in the right way.

And here's the recipe to prepare a great Hugo Cocktail:
    Ice cubes
    30ml of elderflower syrup
    70ml of Prosecco or sparkling wine
    20ml of sparkling mineral water
    Some leaves of mint

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