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  • 29 Oct 2019
    Tips For Finding The Perfect Food Platter

    Don't you enjoy going to parties? As a host, however, preparing for a party is a hectic duty. You will have to clean up before and after the party, do the dishes, cooking and mix cocktails. Fortunately, there are numerous shortcuts you can take to attain an appealing meal quickly. The most outstanding is the food platter. When you have the required ingredients and a strategic position, food platters are so easy to set. Besides, most will save you cooking time and energy.

    Prioritise on the Quality

    Like any other food, when making your party platter, don’t go cheap and forget that quality matter. With quality, your source of the ingredients comes to mind. However, it's not that you have to prepare your crisps from scratch or buy the most expensive crackers.

    Your local market will do the trick for you. There, you will be able to get fresh products at affordable costs. Buy the fruits and vegetables you require. You can also get a few seeded crackers and cheese. However, you can also get to the boutique grocery to buy the items you didn't find in the market.

    Ensure It’s Colourful

    Everyone eats with the eyes first. You will find it hard to convince yourself to eat food, which isn't appealing. Hence, ensure your food platter is colourful by giving it a visual lift using fruits and adding some floral arrangements around the food. Take a look at some of the grazing tables on this page and you can see how they arrange their grazing tables with wonderful colours to suit the occasion and the food being served. When colours make the food stand out, it makes it look far more appetising. 

    Groups Your Ingredients

    Instead of clumping every ingredient on your board, you could make the food platter more appealing by grouping them. For instance, you could group in threes and ensure each group has every ingredient. You can let spaces do the partitioning. You should keep each size small such that one can take about two bites at most.

    Be Mindful of the Weather

    During summer, your platter full of expensive ingredients can wilt within no time. You could buy a more robust cheese to prevent it from quickly sweating and spiting. You could also use a smaller platter. All the other ingredients could remain in the fridge until you need it. The weather and location of the event may also be a factor on whether you are after a grazing table or a grazing box. The benefits of a grazing box or grazing board are that they are portable and easy to setup no matter the conditions, click here for more information about what's included in a typical grazing box.

    Add some Drinks

    You can make your drink and add it to your platter. Mix vermouth, grape juice, and add fruits and ice. You can make it into a DIY spritz cocktail by adding proseccos.

    Besides, it gives your guests the freedom to make it as concentrated as they like it. The secret to making your cocktail delicious is in finding balance. Vermouth has different tastes; thus, you should mix it up to make something sweet. Adding fruits can help give flavour to the fruits.


    Cheese comes in four types; there is the softer cheesy type, blue cheese, harder cheddars and semi-hard cheese. The hard cheese is the best for food platters. It’s because most in strips; hence, they are easier to hand-pick and eat. Conversely, soft cheese has a strong smell. You should ensure your guests are ready for the challenge before serving it. Also, you should serve it in the open air as the smell can be so strong. The blue mold is acidic but enhances taste; hence, they can keep your guest happy.

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  • 02 May 2019
    What They Dont Tell You When Wedding Shopping

    Buying a wedding dress or gown is not as simple as trying on two or three dresses before settling on the one that ‘speaks to you’. It is actually more tasking than what they show on ‘Say Yes To The Dress’. A lot of work goes into getting the right dress, the right accessories and the right shoes. Here are a few pointers about things that people don’t tell you when it comes to wedding shopping.

    First, remember the golden rule, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t shop on a hungry stomach. Hunger makes you angry and antsy and you may not make the best decision on an empty stomach.

     Secondly, limit the number of people you go dress shopping with. You can take one or two of your closest friends and your mother or sister. This way you will be able to choose something that is best suited to your taste without feeling too much pressure.

    The next important point is to remember to shop for your body type. Concentrate more on a gown or dress that flatters your frame and less on your weight. This way, you will be able to get a dress that makes you feel good about yourself while flattering your shape at the same time. If you consider yourself 'plus size' then you can find plus size wedding dresses (and even bridesmaid dresses) from the store found here. A lot of women make the mistake of being fixated on one design and this makes them end up resenting their wedding photos because they were not comfortable in the outfit they chose in the first place.

    When you find ‘the one’, be sure to move around the store a little because you will be doing quite a number of things in the ceremony. You will sit down, walk around to mingle with your guests and also, dance. You need to make sure you will be comfortable in the dress and shoes you choose.

    Be prepared to meet another bride or brides that may be interested in the same dress you are. Let’s face it, you are not the only one planning a summer wedding and chances are high that you might meet a woman wearing a dress you had not even considered and seeing her in it will make you want to try it on as well. Don’t turn into Bridezilla, instead play nice. Share the mirrors and the pedestals. You will have a much easier time at the salon.

    Remember to step out of your comfort zone. A good number of brides if not all of them have this fantasy of having the dress of their dreams but hey, sometimes, you can't find the exact dress that you are after. Remember that you can always have a custom wedding dress made up, you can find more information about custom made dresses on this page. You will be surprised that it can be more affordable than you might initially think and will make sure your dress matches your expectations.

    Finally, buy your accessories after getting the dress. Things like shoes, veils and jewellery should all come later rather than before buying your wedding dress or gown. This will ensure that you are the glamorous, flawless bride you always wanted to be instead of a confused one who looks like she got all her stuff from a lost and found.

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