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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.
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.
Of all the great things Canadians are known to be proud of, our music is right at the top of the list! Summer is here and you’ll soon find yourself soaking up the sun on a deck, patio, dock or beach. So here, in no particular order, are our Top Ten Classic Canadian Summer Songs you should probably work into your Canada Day Playlist!
Top 10 Classic Canadian Summer Songs
Kim Mitchell (1984) – Go For a Soda
Bachman Turner Overdrive (1990) – Takin Care of Business
Tom Cochrane (1991) – Life Is A Highway
The Tragically Hip (1989) – New Orleans Is Sinking
Steppenwolf (1968) – Born To Be Wild
Bryan Adams (1984) – Summer Of ’69
Great Big Sea (1997) – End Of the World
The Guess Who (1970) – American Woman
RUSH (1981) – Tom Sawyer
Neil Young (1989) – Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World
There you have it, 10 Canadian Classics that are sure to keep your summer nights rockin’ till the fire goes out! Enjoy the beautiful weather, enjoy this beautiful country, enjoy the company of friends and family and while you’re at it enjoy some timeless Canadian tunes!
The Deliciously Deceitful Drink
A drink that is known to many as being somewhat cheesy and unappealing, a Long Island Iced Tea is actually an incredibly refreshing cocktail when made correctly. The most common misconception is that the recipe calls for iced tea. The flavor this cocktail creates is one similar to that of a sweet iced tea but you won’t find it on the ingredients list. It is because of this, I write a post which includes a recipe for a Classic Long Island Iced Tea.
.5oz White Rum .5oz Light Tequila
.5oz Gin .5oz Vodka
.5oz Orange Liquer 1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Lemon Wedges Lots of Ice
1.In a glass, begin your mix with your spirit components; Rum, Tequila, Gin & Vodka
2.Add orange liquer and fresh lemon juice
3.Fill glass with ice, more ice = cooler drink
4.Shake in Cocktail Shaker for 6 seconds
5.A Sling Glass is preferred; any tall slender glass works well
6.Fill glass with ice
7.Pour cola into glass to taste
*NEXT STEP IS FOR VISUAL SEPARATION OF COLA AND MIX*
*Insert spoon into glass so that it barely touches the cola
*Use spoon as deflector to slowly add mix above cola level
8.Garnish with Lemon Wedge
9.Serve with stra
If you’re a visual learner, check out this video from Jamie Oliver’s Drink Tube channel.
Now you know what goes into that cheesy drink your girlfriend just ordered. I’ll bet if you ever have one made properly, you’ll be ordering them too!