Perfect Hosting Part 3: Cocktails & Canapes

by Administrator 19. December 2013 09:29

 

In the 3rd instalment of our Perfect Hosting guides, we help you to throw an unforgettable cocktails and canapés housewarming party. Missed the last part in the series? Find our Perfect Hosting guide to Getting Ready for Overnight Guests here.

What better way to unveil your new home to family and friends than by hosting a lavish housewarming party? An elegant evening of cocktails and canapés is the perfect way to introduce family and friends to your new home and the sophisticated atmosphere will complement your stunning new home perfectly. To help you to create an unforgettable evening, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips and advice for the perfect cocktail and canapés housewarming party.

1          Chic Canapes

Canapés are the perfect finger food for simple sophistication. When deciding which canapés to make, look out for recipes that can be put together in the afternoon and stored in the refrigerator. This will give you more time to enjoy the evening with your guests when they arrive. If you need some inspiration, try one of our favourite recipes:           

Thai Chicken Skewers

This tasty Thai dish is guaranteed to impress your guests. Fragrant Thai Chicken Skewers are easy to make and can be prepared in advance. To prepare, marinate strips of chicken in a mix of zesty lime, coriander stalks, sugar, fish sauce, garlic, ginger and curry paste for at least two hours. Then thread the strips onto pre-soaked skewers and grill until golden. To finish, arrange the skewers on a plate and serve with a garnish of coriander leaves and a pot of sweet chilli sauce.

 

Wild Mushroom Tartlets

If you’d like to include a vegetarian option, wild mushroom tartlets are a delicious combination of crisp puff pastry and tender, seasoned mushrooms. These canapés are so tasty that even your non-vegetarian guests will want to snap them up. Prepare the dish by lightly frying mushrooms in butter and season with Parmesan cheese, parsley and garlic. Once fried, spoon the mushrooms onto a circle of puff pastry and bake until the pastry is puffed-up and golden. Find the full recipe online here.

2       Cocktails

When creating cocktails, half the fun is in the experimentation so don’t be afraid to try out different combinations of flavours. For the ultimate in cocktail chic, use a Prosecco or champagne base and a few other choice indigents.

For a modern take on traditional Prosecco cocktails try a Rose Prosecco Cocktail by adding fragrant rose syrup. Simply drizzle the syrup on top and allow it to settle on the bottom before serving. This stylish cocktail is perfect for welcoming guests into your home upon arrival.

Alternatively, try a refreshing Campari Mint Spritz for simple sophistication. Mix 1 part Campari, with 1 part cranberry juice and 3 parts Prosecco over ice. To finish, add 5 fresh mint leaves and bruise or twist in the glass.

 

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