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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
If you are interested in having a big birthday party for your son or daughter, why not plan a party with a theme that incorporates the decorations, as well as, the food.
The trend we are seeing is that teens are planning their own birthday parties. If mom & dad give them a budget to stay within, they are selecting their own menus, guest lists and taking on all the decorating responsibilities. This seems to be a real win-win for both parent and teenager. The teenager gets to plan their own party, invite who they want and the parent gets to just sign the cheque and avoid the headache of planning their teen’s party. Turning 16 or 18 are still a pretty big deal in most kids’ eyes. Some potential themes could be an Instagram Party with a photo booth to capture all those great memories. Maybe a Movie Theatre Birthday Party that includes a Candy Bar with all their favourites such as popcorn, gummies and chips to name a few. Or why not go for an Amazing Race Party. Your guests could visit different parts of the world through your selection of music and food. Include a Pizza Square Bar for your tour of Italy or a Nacho Bar for the tastes of Mexico.
For the younger kids, the hot parties for this year include Star Wars, Unicorns and Emojis. Or if you would like to go for a more traditional theme, a Carnival based party is always a winner. You can pick bright colours for decorations such as orange and yellow to really make the room pop. Then you can organize fun games, like ring toss or fishing for a surprise with cool prizes anywhere from specialty candies to the latest gadgets that all kids love. And last but not least, have a Candy Bar food station for all your guests to enjoy. Nothing says party to a kid more than candy does. You can even higher someone for face-painting and fake tattoos or a clown for making balloon animals. The possibilities are endless so let your imagination run wild!
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.
Just because summer is almost over (you would never know with the temperature so high), it does not mean that BBQ’S have to come to an end too. The Red BBQ Co. is going to try and Light Your Fire right through to Christmas this year. In order to do that, we are adding a Holiday BBQ Menu to our already varied selection.
How does a Turkey Burger with some Cranberry Chutney or Caramelized Onions sound? My mouth is starting to water already. Our salad selection will now also include your choice of Festive Coleslaw or Warm Potato Salad on the side.
If you prefer a more traditional bbq fare, then you can select our new Herb & Garlic Chicken Breast. This menu comes with your choice of our previously mentioned new salads or you can stick with one of your tried but true favourites on our regular menu. As well, you can have your choice of Sage Dressing or German Bread Dumplings (Semmelknoedel) with chicken gravy on the side. You may even choose to opt for the Warm Potato Salad instead. All options come with our delightful cranberry sauce to keep the festive feeling going.
Or if you prefer a completely different option, why not try our Tandoori Chicken. Who said you need a tandoor oven to cook Tandoori Chicken? Well, we have figured it out and it is a winner. On this new bbq menu option we will provide you with Rice Pilaf (Indian Style – basmati with peas), Tossed Salad, as well as, warm Naan Bread and a tasty home-grown Mint Chutney.
It all sounds so good. It will be very difficult to make a final selection. These menus will be available for Thanksgiving through to Christmas. Maybe, you’ll have to book two bbq’s to try all of the new menu options. Just a thought.
April 29, 2016
Not breakfast, not lunch but rather somewhere in between.
Is it based on the when or what is being served?
Ask anyone what they consider to be brunch and you will always get a relatively vague but confident answer that will include terms like “in and around” or “more or less”. It is a mysteriously appetizing suggestion that is always taken into consideration when proposed. I’ve noticed there is one day a year that seems to be directly linked to a huge spike in family organized brunches – Mother’s Day.
Now, I have never given it much thought but once I did, I quickly realized why brunch will forever be the “Mother’s Day Meal”. There are several reasons from what I can tell, so if you have ever wondered, or if I’ve just piqued your interest, here are some of the things I’ve noticed over the years and how they’ve influenced the idea of Mother’s Day Brunch.
First and foremost is the day of the week Mother’s Day is on, Sunday. This is widely viewed as a day of rest and relaxation, though it may not always feel that way. Since we were young, weekends have been the glory of the calendar. Now, it’s no secret that Friday and Saturday tend to steal Sunday’s thunder with their night life and lack of responsibility required the following morning, but Sunday has always been great in a different kind of way. With regards to Mother’s Day, everyone is available and it doesn’t take away from the prime socializing hours of Friday & Saturday. Plus everyone else will be doing Mother’s Day stuff anyway so it’s really a win-win.
Now that we see Sunday makes everyone available to attend, let’s look at the timing of a brunch and see how that provides the best opportunity for families to get together. So, when is brunch? Nobody really knows the answer to that. To be safe and cover any potential time frames suggested, I will say it falls between 10:00am & 1:00pm. Breakfast would be too early for most people to function in this kind of situation. On Mother’s Day we want to portray the best representation of ourselves to reassure them they’ve raised us right and that we love them very much. Plus- it takes off the pressure of having to get up so early on a Sunday!
Breakfast is too early and lunch can throw off an entire day, leave you wondering what to do with your last few hours. By the time dinner rolls around you’re going to want to fall asleep shortly after but you can’t because you’ve still gotta get home. In short, the timing of brunch is the most forgiving and understanding of all the meals, and provides a setting in which your family can be in its best form while all together. Much like our mothers have done for us all along.
A meal isn’t a meal until there is food served, so let’s talk about the diversity a brunch brings to the table. The possibilities at a brunch are endless. If you’re like me and enjoy a nice big breakfast, go ahead and order your bacon and eggs with some toast and jam. Of course, at this time of day most places have also made their soups, salads, sandwiches and other hearty lunch options available as well. So there is no need to worry that someone won’t be able to find something they’ll enjoy.
Once again everyone wins. Everyone maintains their positivity towards the day and Mom is left feeling appreciated and thankful for having such a wonderful family to share this life with. Just remember to pick up the bill before she even thinks of reaching for her handbag. Also, if you didn’t know, the first one to offer to pay is her favourite for the day and probably will be until next time around, so be quick.
At the end of all this I realize that it doesn’t truly matter at what time of day or menu you have to order from. It’s the idea of coming together and showing our appreciation for who, to each of us, is often the most incredible human being we have ever met. All the breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners and midnight snacks would not even begin to measure up to the love and care most of us received from that person.
On that note, I would like to thank all the mothers in the world, without you, nothing would be possible.
Enjoy your meals everyone!