Here at State of Home, we don’t need much convincing to get the girl gang together for a celebration and now that the sun is shining and the weather is getting a little warmer, there is really no better time than now!
Over the years we have learnt a thing or two about what it takes to throw a good party, and we thought we’d take it upon ourselves to share our tried and tested tips for success. We’ve paired up with Kara from KaraKara Lavish Grazing to create our ultimate guide to the perfect spring soiree that will leave your guests wanting more every year to come.
It all starts and ends with good food!
There is no denying that food is simply the way to the heart! And, from our experience, if you’re planning an event at your place, there is no better way to go than a grazing table.
No matter the style or size of your event, there is always the perfect grazing solution for your occasion. From a mixture of cheeses, fruits, vegetables, nuts, crackers and beyond there are really no end of options ideal for grazing. Not to mention it’s a fuss-free solution to entertaining in 2020 when there are so many different dietary requirements going around… Are we right, or are we right?!
Kara from KaraKara Lavish Grazing has catered nearly every style of event under the sun! From weddings to corporate events and everything in between, Kara ensures guests have an organic and memorable dining experience as she wow’s them with fresh, delicious and unique catering solutions.
When it comes to creating an unforgettable grazing platter, Kara says it all comes down to sourcing only the freshest of produce from a range of local suppliers, “Whilst it can be a little pricey to purchase from independent grocers or gourmet supermarkets, the quality is far better and will be sure to make your board super impactful with loads of punchy flavour.”
If you’re looking for a way to put a personalised spin on grazing, Kara suggests accompanying your feast with some more substantial options such as roast meats, crispy salads or freshly baked artisan breads to make sure guests are well catered for.
If there is one thing Kara knows, it’s how to make her food look amazing. She says the key to a visually appealing board is depth, colour and texture, “It’s really about making your table pop! I like to use an assortment of heights and colours to draw the eye and create interest”.
Set the scene
Next up is setting the scene. This is an area of an event that our team can really get behind! We love nothing more than getting creative with a good theme and then tying everything together to create a cohesive look and feel. Once we’re set on a theme, we then create our menu, table setting, decor, invitation and even playlist to match accordingly. You might call it a little OTT or even OCD, but to us, it just makes sense!
Right now we are allllll about the long table lunches! There is something so elegant about them for year-round entertaining. If you’re not sure where to start, consider getting a bunch of trestle tables together and pairing them with a statement dining chair. Follow with a neutral tablecloth, a touch of greenery and then crockery to match.
Honestly, if there is one thing we stress, it’s having a great centrepiece! It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive but it really helps to pull the entire table together and solidify the look and feel of the event. With Spring well and truly underway, there are so many seasonal flowers in full bloom just calling to form part of a your centrepiece – so let those juices flow and get creative!
For this Capri themed birthday, we paired greenery from the garden and freshly picked lemons with Kara’s impressive grazing feast – it was so simple, but incredibly effective.
Provide plenty of drinks!
If your group of pals are anything like ours, then you know this one is a bit of a no-brainer! Offering a wide variety of beverage options will ensure your guests stay well-hydrated whilst enjoying a refreshing beverage in the sun.
As for what to offer, we find you can closely match your beverage menu with the food to continue with your theming. For example, if you’re hosting a glamorous high tea, consider offering a range of loose leaf teas and fresh ground coffee. In keeping with our Capri theme here, we offered fruity Aperol cocktails, Limoncello and sparkling waters – an assortment to suit our range of guests and their requirements.
A great tip is to set up the drinks table separate to the main table or event space. This way, people can help themselves throughout the duration of the event as it suits them and you won’t have to spend the entire time seeing to your guests. If you’re putting on something a little special like a yummy cocktail, be sure to leave all mixers and prepared ingredients on hand with instructions for easy assembly.
All you really need is your best pals!
At the end of the day, all you need for the perfect spring soiree is quality company! Just make sure all your best girlfriends can make it and it will easily be the most amazing party of all time!
For more information on Kara Kara Lavish Grazing, visit their website here.
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Shop our Wishbone Dining Chairs (pictured) here.