Not that long ago, in the 80’s and 90’s, progressive dinners, fondue parties, steamboat evenings and traditional home dinner parties were all the rage and whilst I’m not suggesting that we bring back the 80’s, I do have to agree that back in the day, people tended to favour home entertaining for a number of very good reasons
As every soon-to-be bride knows, there are a million and one things to consider when planning a wedding and it can all get a little bit overwhelming to say the least. There’s the venue, the dress, the flowers, the cars, the photographer, the invitations, the vows, the seating plan, the catering and the bar, to name just a few.
Where do you start?
SUMMER…..What better time of year is there for us to introduce a series of posts on seasonal Perth produce?
With most households busy preparing for the Christmas festivities at this time of the year, hopefully I can help take some of the drama out of your shopping and your lunch prep by letting you know what’s in season at the moment, together with one of my favourite recipes that your family are sure to love.
Time is marching on my friends and whether you are organising something for yourself, your workplace or a surprise Christmas party for the family, NOW is the time to get your venue and your chef (hint hint) organised and booked.
To make life that much easier for you I have sourced and researched 7 of the best (in my opinion) self-catering Christmas party venues in Perth. So, without further adieu and in no particular order - here they are.
There is no doubt that one of the major highlights of a wedding is the speeches. Its right up there with the bride walking down the aisle, the ‘I do’s’ and the cutting of the cake.
So how do you get it right? You have your speakers all lined up, you have prepped them in advance, they know they have a strict time limit and the best man knows just how close he can get to the line without crossing it. So what are you forgetting?
They say you can’t put a price on love, I completely agree, but the most recent ‘Cost Of Love’ survey has quoted the average cost of a wedding for Australian couples is $54,294!
This is an increase of a massive 11% since the last survey and the wedding industry in Perth shows no signs of slowing down.
It’s New Year’s eve, it’s time to party, but gone are the days when you would line up for an hour outside a club in Perth or Northbridge, only to squeeze in, line up again at a bar that is 10 people deep, and handover a $50 note, knowing you are not getting change from the two cocktails that you ordered.
You have managed to avoid it for the past 3 years, but now the time has come, you couldn’t avoid it any longer. You tried, you really did. You had your excuses all lined up. But they just didn’t fly this year. Time to just accept it and get cracking, there is no getting out of it – you are catering for Christmas this year. Arrggghhh!
Stephanie Alexander is regarded as one of Australia’s great food educators.
Her reputation has been earned through her thirty years as an owner-chef in several restaurants, as the author of 14 influential books and hundreds of articles about food matters, and for her groundbreaking work in creating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
Bill Granger has always been passionate about food and cooking. He takes pride in presenting delicious food that is simple, fresh and looks irresistible. This easygoing approach to food has always been Bill’s philosophy and is an important element of his enduring popularity in Australia and overseas.