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If you are planning a party at your own private location, please make sure you are aware of all the different things you are responsible for, being the host. Visit sites such as http://www.alwaystakingcare.ca/responsible-hosting.html which is hosted by the LCBO and provides tons of information on how to host a party responsibly. There is a lot to consider when hosting a party such as special occasion permits, parking arrangements, to even choosing a designated driver for all your guests. This site also includes decorating ideas specific to your location, as well as, food and beverage options.
Another good site is https://www.palcanada.com/en/ which gives you a clear listing of all the different liabilities that you should be aware of before hosting your own party. If you feel you want a caterer to do a lot of the planning for you, then check out different catering websites. They will tell you what they are and are not responsible for and how they can help you with other items, than just the food, such as licensing and providing staff to serve at your event. A good caterer with a great reputation can really alleviate a lot of the stress of planning a home party with their knowledge and years of expertise in this industry.
The party scene is definitely changing. Home events such as backyard BBQ’s and cocktail parties are even being planned for weddings instead of traditional full receptions. There is always a good reason to host an event at your home from a birthday party to a neighbourhood get-to-know-you party. The many benefits of home entertaining include the comfort of known surroundings, a more personal style of decorating and your complete control over the party timeline. A responsibly planned event means a relaxed event, which in turn, means an enjoyable event for both you as the host and your guests. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Happy times with family and friends J
Winter is certainly upon us but with these milder temperatures looming over us right now, you can’t help but think of your favourite summer past times, like a BBQ with family and friends.
Backyard bbq’s can be so much fun. They are one of the only gatherings that you don’t have to dress up for and you can actually relax and enjoy your guests. As long as, you follow one simple rule:
Make a TIMELINE and stick to it. Think about how you would like the day to flow and plan accordingly. A helpful tip is to work backwards from when you would like the party to end.
11:00pm – Any lingering guests leave or are gently herded to the door 🙂
10:00pm – Stop serving beverages outside of water.
This will give your guests a heads up that the party is coming to an end.
8:00pm- 10:00pm – Socializing/Games
7:00pm – BBQ service is ready to begin. Food is cooked.
Have buffet tables set up for your guests to self-serve.
6:00pm – Light your bbq, so it is good and hot and then start cooking the food.
Have warmers or tin trays to keep your food in once it is cooked.
The number of guests you have invited will dictate how early you have to start cooking.
Ideally, you want your guests to eat at approximately the same time.
5:00pm – Guests start to arrive. Have some appetizers available for them until
the main course is ready.
4:00pm – Food preparation is complete and you are ready to party!
Don’t get caught up in all the fancy options of décor, food and beverage selection and burn yourself out before the party even begins. Basic is best, at least for your first BBQ Party.
A few extras to think about:
- Make sure you have a reliable BBQ with a side table for cooking utensils.
- Be sure to have some chairs and tables. Not everyone will want to stand and eat.
- Prepare your neighbours. If they are not coming to the party, at least let them know that you are hosting one and how many people will be there, as well as, what time it will end.
Plan, Execute, Enjoy 🙂 !!!
Days can become monotonous and at Silver Thyme, we know menus can become monotonous as well. So, we thought it was time to switch it up a bit and put a few new menus out there for our catering customers.
We thought you might like some new chicken dishes, because really, who doesn’t like chicken. Sorry, to all you vegetarians out there but we can prepare something special for you too.
Here is just a hint of Some of our new Fall line-ups. All of which are made very differently but all taste exceptionally well.
Greek Chicken. With a breast of chicken marinated in our house made Greek sauce (think souvlaki but a whole breast)with your choice of oven roasted potatoes or rice, Tzatkiki and Greek salad with a fresh oven baked roll. Nothing is complete until you have that sweet; so Freshly Baked Cookies to satisfy your craving.
Chicken Korma. Indian food is a hot item right now and why not. Our chefs have been trained in the culinary art of preparing traditional Indian food and have been making it for years. The basic package includes Basmati Rice but if you would like to make it a deluxe package, it also includes a Crudite Platter (made up of carrots, cucumber, tomatoes and red onions), the ever-loved Naan bread and Freshly Baked Cookies to curb that sweet craving.
Spanish Chicken. Consists of kidney and black beans, tomatoes and chorizo. It will be accompanied by Jewelled Rice, Tossed Garden Salad with a choice of Dressing, Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls and Cookies.
Lemon Thyme Chicken . The basic package includes a wonderful Couscous Salad. Again, if you would like to make it a deluxe package, you can add a Crudite or Cheese Platter along with Freshly Baked Cookies.
So when you’re placing your next order, please consider trying one of our new menu items. We’d love to hear your feedback.
Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, April 16th, and that got me thinking about how quality music can be the difference between an awkward evening with strangers or a great night with new friends. Over the last 6 years or so, the young consumers of the western world have been flocking to record stores as the wave of yet another hipster statement crashes down on us all.
Next to the resurrection of male facial hair stylings, listening to music on vinyl might be the best thing to make its way back into society. The sound quality is unparalleled (when played through a quality sound system) and there is just something about physically holding your music that generates a more personal connection to it. The importance of music in my life and my role in the catering/events industry has brought me to write this blog explaining how music can make or break even the best decorated and organized events.
Pardon my pun, but music is the unsung hero of many events. It effortlessly dictates the mood but can just as easily throw off the entire vibe. Good luck having guests act in an elegant manor when the DJ is pumping out the latest dance tracks. Needless to say that there are different types of music for different types of events, and even more specifically different times throughout an event.
I understand that you want people to be dancing and having fun at your event, but please– let people sit down, have an appetizer and get comfortable before the bass-heavy beats come through the speakers. Music at the beginning of an event should be easy listening and played at a moderate to low volume. This eliminates the dreaded “dead air” but doesn’t distract guests from why they are there in the first place.
Once your guests have arrived and everyone has exchanged pleasantries with one another, there comes a transition in the soundtrack. Dinner music; a widely known term but scarcely understood concept. Again, the volume should be kept at a relatively low volume. With people focussed on food there isn’t much room for conversation and so the music will be heard much easier at this point. Playing songs that everyone knows the words too can again act as a distraction and can prompt mid-dinner karaoke, which nobody enjoys. Save the sing-alongs for later when you can really belt ‘em out! My suggestion; keep the lyrics to a minimum during dinner.
Now, every crowd is different so if you are hiring a DJ, have in mind the genres of music you think would be appropriate. Be sure to consider any cultural influences that might suit the occasion and/or guests. Don’t book a DJ without meeting them, hearing a sample mix and getting reviews from past clients. If you get the sense they just want to play the music they like, move on to another candidate. If DJ services aren’t in the budget, then may I suggest spending time before your scheduled event to look on online to try and find a playlist that suits your needs. Obviously with Youtube, you run the risk of advertisements interrupting your evening but this is what you get for a free music service. Apple Music and Google Play Music won’t give you this problem but aren’t free either.
I understand not all events and functions follow this, somewhat standard itinerary, but regardless of what kind of event it is, music plays a role in enhancing the experience of those who attend.
It is a strong, yet subtle cue to your guests and how they should be feeling. If you know how you want your guests to feel while they spend their time with you, do your best to find music that will lead them there.
Teatro’s Open House Was a Success
First of all, the whole team at Alemilia Hospitality Group would like to thank everyone who made their way over to Teatro Conference & Event Centre this past Thursday for our 2016 Open House event! We more than appreciate the support and look forward to seeing you all again sometime soon. Of course, there is one lucky person who stopped by that we will definitely be seeing again soon, as they were the winner of a FREE 25 Person BBQ provided by The Red BBQ Co.!
After months of work on the interior design we were finally able to open our doors and welcome everyone in to see the improvements. Brand new carpeting throughout the entire banquet space, including the uniquely designed atrium, was one of the major updates to the facility.
There was also the completely different look of our largest room, The Tivoli. It was a big change from cream-corn yellow walls and gold framed mirrors to a much more modern and adaptable grey-tone wall with charcoal grey mirror frames. Add in the new lighting system, which allows clients to essentially make the room whatever colour they want, and The Tivoli room is now even more customizable than ever before!
While the rejuvenation of the building was the main reason we wanted guests to come by, there was plenty of other things keeping people interested, like our exclusive promotions only made available to those who attended. We also highlighted Alemilia Hospitality Group’s Referral Program. This is something that any of our clients can take advantage of throughout the year! Send us an e-mail to learn more.
The afternoon was one that included some familiar faces, community newcomers as well as some friends and family. We had our friends from Snap’d swung by to take some photos and of course get some appetizers and desserts in. The Milton Champion also came by to show their support, on top of running our ads for the event leading up to it. We would sincerely like to thank everyone who came out and supported Alemilia Hospitality Group and hope to see you all soon!
Our whole team is thrilled to announce that the Alemilia Hospitality Group is having an Open House on Thursday March 10th, 2016 at the newly refinished Teatro Conference & Event Centre in Milton, ON. Everyone from corporate representatives looking to book conferences or seminars to individuals from the community who need a place to celebrate, are welcomed to come in and see the most recent changes to a building with a long standing history in the Town of Milton. Teatro Conference & Event Centre has been Milton’s premier venue for social and corporate events alike for the past 6 years, with an additional 5 years experience in event catering before moving in.
Before this unique space was available to clients for such things as weddings, seminars & trade shows, it served the community as Milton’s movie theatre from 1981 to 1997. Some local clients share memories of when they were much younger and used to head up here for a Friday night show with friends and family. Others remind us of times they spent in the local bar that it became once the movie theatre split. We are glad to continue the tradition of using this building to service the community and to know that new memories are still being made within these walls.
This open house will give people the opportunity to taste some of the amazingly delicious food we offer, wash it down with some complimentary refreshments and meet the team that brings all the wonderful events, big or small, to life! On top of free food and drinks the day of the open house, anyone who attends is welcome to enter the draw for free 25 person barbecue event to be held in the 2016 season! So please, do yourselves a favour and join in the fun on March 10th and head on over to Teatro Conference & Event Centre and see what Milton’s Premier Conference & Event Centre has to offer!
Teatro Conference & Event Centre has been the venue of countless community events. Teatro has been involved with The Region of Halton, Milton District Hospital and not for profit organizations to put on fundraisers and events of all types and sizes. Not to mention all of the weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and bridal/baby showers that go on as well. It seems to be in the structures DNA to bring people together and have them share an experience they will remember for a long time to come. See you there, Thursday March 10th from 3-6pm, to add to this structure’s history!