With the spring comes warmer weather and the desire to surround yourself with family and friends. It is the perfect time to do some entertaining at home, sharing a laugh, a meal, and a memory. Miele makes it easy, with performance-enhancing appliances that help out in the kitchen. Here, additional tips to make your next soiree easy as one, two, three—from developing a theme and a seasonal menu to simple touches and convenient tips that will make it look all at once effortless and stylish.
- Set the Tone: Every party should have some sort of unifying element that ties it all together. It doesn’t have to be overly elaborate, just a simple overarching idea that adds interest and depth. Coming up with a theme actually can simplify your preparations as well. It can inform everything from florals and food to ambiance and music. Some thought starters:
Spring Harvest: Celebrate nature’s bounty with a simple yet elegant get together. Use the fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers that are abundant this time of year to create a fresh look for the event. Replace flower centerpieces with fresh veggie vases of beetroot and carrots (with leaves intact). Roll up spring herbs, tie with twine and place around the room for the sweet smell of spring. Tailor your menu to include seasonal fruits and vegetables, including a signature cocktail such as a mixed berry spritzer that will be refreshing and on point for the season.
Rustic BBQ: Go ahead, get ahead of the grilling season and fire up the barbeque. You don’t have to wait until summer. Put together an al fresco fete, complete with brown paper-lined tables, freshly cut flowers from your garden (or seasonal bouquets from your corner florist), votives, and simple family-style mains that evoke a relaxed, familial atmosphere.
Moroccan Dinner Party: Spice up your next soiree by adding an international twist. Transport guests to another world with a Moroccan-style meal. It is easier than you may think. For the decor (flowers, vases, votive holders, lanterns), use bold jewel tones like ruby red, sapphire blue, emerald green, and amber yellow. If you want to go the extra step, drape pieces of fabric at your entryway or above the dinner table for a Bedouin tent effect. For the food, try a recipe like this Moroccan Chicken Brochettes from . It’s fresh, seasonal, and has great flavor.
- Pay Attention to Detail: It’s the tiny touches you add to your party that can make all the difference. They can be subtle or overt, but taking the time to think about your guests and what they appreciate goes a long way in making your event successful. And it’s not just all about décor; it’s everything that goes into setting the perfect mood for the event (but that does include décor as well).
Spring Accoutrements: Nothing adds elegance to a tablescape like cloth napkins. Select a mix of patterns and colors to add a fresh, spring feel to your décor. But take it to the next level by folding them in a new way. For the spring, try a fleur-de-lis fold. This stylized lily will make your table fun and festive for the spring.
Thoughtful Appetizers: They may be small, but they are big on taste and can make a lasting impression. Serving seasonal, creative appetizers establishes a fresh vibe for the evening. Redefine the standard crudité platter and serve cut-up radishes and long-stem carrots with a creamy feta dip. Or, try spring pea butter on crostini. By expanding your culinary comfort zone, you can make a big impact. You will want to make sure the herbs and vegetables you buy to create these delightful appetizers stay fresh and flavorful until the time you use them. The Miele 36” French Door Refrigerator keeps food fresher by design. Its PerfectFresh Drawers help maintain ideal storage conditions, preventing the loss of vitamins and flavor.
Timely Toast: Take a moment as you sit down at the dinner table (or after all your guests have arrived and have had a chance to mingle) to welcome guests to your home and thank them for coming. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate speech. Just a quick toast to let them know you appreciate them is all that is needed.
- Make It Look Easy: The last thing you want to do is to make it appear that your spring party was difficult to pull together. Therefore, look for ways to make planning, prepping and executing easy. First, organize, organize, organize. Write down your thoughts ahead of time and categorize by food, drink, décor, and overall ambiance. Having all the details in one place will help eliminate those frustrating last-minute trips to the store. Second, make use of your appliances to keep you on time and on track. Miele’s M Touch Combi-Steam Oven can do it all: steaming, roasting, baking. A combination of steam and convection cooking makes heat transfer faster and more efficient, offering the best-quality food from an oven and promising gourmet results. Lastly, wait until after your guests leave to do most of the cleaning. The idea of cleaning all those wine glasses and dishes may be daunting, but with Miele’s EcoFlex dishwashers, it doesn’t have to be. You can wash high-quality delicate stemware in the dishwasher at no risk, and the patented 3D+ cutlery tray ensures proper care for all your utensils.
So enjoy your spring entertaining in style!
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