We are well into the party season with Christmas and New Years just around the corner. Whether you are hosting a family barbeque or a glamorous New Years Eve function we have all the essentials and extras you need to make your event a hit.
Tables and chairs are often an afterthought when planning a large party. If you’ve ever had to sit on an esky a meter below everyone else at the table then you know what we mean.
When planning your party make a list of people attending and don’t forget to include their partners. Using this list, work out if you will have enough tables and chairs to comfortably seat all guests. If not, consider hiring in what you will need for the party. Do the same with crockery and cutlery. The best part about hiring equipment is that the event hire company will do the set up and pack down for you.
Another way to make sure your event runs smoothly is to plan ahead food wise. Break up the food you will be serving into cold and hot categories. If you will be serving a lot of hot food you may want to consider heating options. You can rent products such as a chafing dish, pie warmer or bain marie to stop food from going cold and soggy.
Make sure you also think about the amount of food you will be cooking. If you have a lot of guests you might want to consider hiring an additional barbeque to make sure the food gets cooked and out on time. This is a sure fire way to keep everyone happy (pun intended!).
To make your party really special consider adding wow factor. This could be as simple as filling your garden with beautiful fairy or festoon lighting. This will emulate a starry night and relax your guests, putting them in the perfect mood for a great night.
If you are hosting a daytime barbeque or a dinner party you may want to finish with an exciting dessert such as deep-fried ice cream (See recipe below). If you love the sound of this but don’t want to buy lighting or a deep fryer you might only use once, hiring is a great option. It’s these little touches that show your guests you have put in effort to planning your party and will make the event memorable.
- 2 L vanilla ice-cream
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 cup water
- 1½ cups fine dry breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
- 5 cups deep-frying oil
- Make 6 large scoops of ice-cream. Return to the freezer.
- Make a thick batter of egg, flour and water. Coat ice-cream balls with the batter, then roll in the breadcrumbs and coconut to coat thickly. Return to the freezer to freeze for several days.
- Heat the oil to moderately hot. Slide in one ice-cream ball at a time to cook for a few seconds until the surface is golden. Remove and serve at once with caramel topping or fresh fruit.
Recipe from http://www.goodfood.com.au.