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Party Canapé Recipes

The party season is upon us and we have two canapés, fitting for summer and all ages.

A light and summery canapé the grown-ups will be sure to enjoy! Using fresh ingredients while combining tangy, sweet and creamy key note flavours, this is the perfect bite to eat to get the party of the season started.

Ingredients:

10 Wonton pastry squares
2 Cups Canola oil
10 Fresh peeled prawns
2 Avocadoes
6 Tbsp. Cup Sour cream
1 Tbsp. Lime juice
½ Cup Whole egg mayonnaise
6 Tbsp. Sweet chilli
Coriander sprigs for garnish

Method:

  1. Heat the canola oil in a deep-dish pan.
  2. Fry wonton pastry squares until golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile crush avocado until just mashed, lightly fold in sour cream, add lime juice and season.
  4. Combine mayonnaise and sweet chili.
  5. To assemble, arrange fried wonton squares, add a dollop of the avocado mixture, prawn, drizzle dressing and garnish with coriander sprigs

 


Marshmallow bites

This canapé is perfect for the little ones. It’s fun, tasty and a sweet addition to any kids party. The best thing about these is they can be cut into different shapes and sizes. I like these in bite-sized square pieces with a drizzle of chocolate and dusting of coconut.

Ingredients:

2 Cups pink and white marshmallows
80g Unsalted butter
1 Cup Roughly chopped marshmallows
6 Cups Rice puffs
½ Cup Craisins
½ Cup Flaked almonds
½ Cup Dark chocolate
32g Unsalted butter
4Og Desiccated coconut

Method:

  1. Melt 2 cups of marshmallows and 80g butter in a saucepan.
  2. Stir in melted marshmallow mixture, rice puffs, craisins and flaked almonds and chopped marshmallows.
  3. Press mixture into a lined square cake tin and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  4. Remove the bar from cake tin and cut into bite sized squares.
  5. Melt dark chocolate and 20g butter a bain-marie, before adding into a piping bag.
  6. Drizzle melted chocolate over cut bars and dust with desiccated coconut.

Our Top 10 Party Plannning Tips for You

Fig and Lime Catering Blog Party Planning Tips

The warmer seasons are upon us and what better time than now to begin planning the ultimate party. Whether it be a: birthday, get-together, anniversary, hens/bucks night or engagement, here are 10 of the best tips using a step-by-step guide to help get you get the party started.

  1.  Plan Ahead

It all starts with timing, planning your party ahead is simply the best way to get the ball rolling. At this point in the party planning process you will have jotted some ideas down and have drawn up what kind of party you want to throw. A mood board or note pad is an effective way to store ideas and get the creative juices flowing. Another thing to consider is timing, planning the timing of your party is essential and will give you a time indicator of when your party will be held and also allow your guests to ‘save the date’.

  2.  Organising

We all know that organisation is key in planning for your party; I’d like to introduce you to my friend the ‘to-do list’. We have been great friends for quite some time and I always find that this is my saving grace when it comes to organising. Writing a list of all the things you need to organise will aid in mapping out your plans from mind to paper and hopefully the ‘to-do list’ be your best friend too.

  3.  Venue

As you get more excited about planning your party, it’s time to think about the venue. The venue is always one of the fun parts in this party planning process, from home, a function hall or perhaps an outdoor setting; the possibilities are endless. Choose a venue that you are comfortable with, and that is also accessible for your guests and suppliers. As caterers we simply require a small corner of space (i.e. garage) to do our food preparation.

  4.  Theme

Setting the theme of your event is the next step. From the low-key to the more extravagant of themes such as: cocktail, black-tie, Alice in wonderland, 80’s party theme (just to name a few); the choice is yours. The exceptional part in this process is you get to have fun and really be creative in coming up with the kind of theme for your party. It’s all about imagination and truly something you can get your guests excited about.

  5.  Décor

Now that you have selected your theme of choice, it’s time to start shopping or perhaps make your own D.I.Y décor. Adorn your venue with embellishments that echo your theme to really set the tone of your party. For example: a cocktail party could involve chandelier props and candles. Lighting is also key, so ensure that you provide lighting that sets the atmosphere for you and your guests to mingle about.

  6.  Guest List and Invites

It’s now the time to send out invites to your guests. Devise the number of people you want to invite and begin the process of RSVP-ing. The best time to send out invitations are 3-6 weeks in the lead up to the event. This will give you sufficient time to prepare for the party and also for your guests’ to plan their availability, outfit etc. 

  7.  Music

Get the party started with a music playlist. Compile a great selection of songs you and your guests can tap your feet to. The great thing about a music playlist, is it gives you the ease of mind to focus on entertaining and let the music do its thing during the party. You can also go the extra mile and hire a DJ to do all the music for you and dance the night away.

   8.  Food

What better way to treat your guests to good food. At Fig & Lime Catering we offer an array of dishes you and your guests can indulge in to have a great time. Have a look at our menu and select yummy choices from a range of dishes we have carefully hand-selected to ensure that you and your guests taste buds are happy.

   9.  Planning the Menu

We are always on hand to help you plan the menu for your party. Depending on the kind of food you would like to serve, we can tailor the menu according to your taste. The two packages (Package A or B) we offer, enable you the flexibility to provide your guests with food that works for the type of party and within the budget you have set. Contact us to discuss food arrangements and we can help you plan dishes to cater for your party.

10.  Have Fun!

It’s all about having fun! Make sure that throughout your party planning process you enjoy it and have plenty of fun. There is nothing better than to kick back and enjoy the amazing soiree you have planned, with your family and friends.

And there you have it, our 10 top tips to plan a party – we hope these will prove very useful in planning for your next party.

 

-Chelsea x