Preparing to host can be a daunting task when you feel pressured to do something special. For those who have hosted a while, sticking to the familiar could be easy; but what if there was a way to up the ante? If you are a novice to hosting, you may be more familiar with what was passed down to you from your parents, and possibly what was passed down from their parents. Whether this is or isn’t the case, you can always add a new touch to an old tradition, right? It’s special to start your own tradition. Without a doubt, what’s new today, will be old tomorrow, but who can go wrong by embracing their own creativity? If you’re looking for ways to bridge the old with the new, here are some simple suggestions to consider.
#1-BRING-ON THE FRESH!
In the food sphere, healthier eating is more encouraged than ever; farm to table, organic, non-GMO, grass-fed…the list goes on. This obvious reason to eat healthier is to enjoy a healthier life, but when entertaining this standard many times gets lost somewhere. This is totally understandable, most people attend parties, and even small gatherings looking to eat good food. Food that meets their mood; they desire to let their hair down, and truly enjoy the moment. Most guests won’t ask if the fruit in the sangrias is certified organic, or if the salmon served is wild-caught. Many see eating fresh or healthy as a big sacrifice, and they are not willing to sacrifice their reputation of serving less than par food. It’s imperative to point out that there are more and more catering companies that are willing to use their expertise to serve clean, healthy, and or local food. However, if this is something you’d like to take on yourself, know that it’s possible. One way to introduce more fresh ingredients is to abandon this subconscious rule, every dish doesn’t have to have meat incorporated in it. You can make great soups with blended veggies and broths, you can substitute avocado for much of the fattiness, after all, fat equals flavor. Let’s not forget dessert, farmer’s market berries, in whipped cream could never disappoint. These are just a few of the possibilities to incorporate freshness your meals need.
#2-A PINCH OF STYLE A POP OF COLOR
It is said that before we take a bite we “eat with our eyes”. This is not only a universal truth but a timeless one as well. No matter your background no matter your culture, you will envision how your meal will taste before you taste it. When your food is placed before you, you have a subconscious preconceived notion about what you will experience, your mood can even be swayed upon looking at your plate. To be fair, there are pleasant surprises and from time to time, where maybe looks are deceiving but this is not a likely circumstance. To make a point, most people are not overjoyed to see black char on their toast or strawberries that are mostly white and green on top of their pancakes. So colors matter, but how can a host who is more rustic still arrange an impressive display? How can one who prefers simplicity in design still present something memorable? A pinch of style and a pop of color. There are many ways to go about this but consider this, flowers. Flowers are not only very popular in design, but they make delicate statements that are catchy to the eye. To complete your aesthetically appealing arrangement, how about applying some pops of color? No matter how rustic or simplistic one may be, natural colors like oranges, yellows, reds, and purples can bring everything together nicely.
Clean plating is truly a preference. Your guests may be those who prefer to pile things on (which could very possibly be a kudos to you..wink…wink) so this is one of the lighter suggestions out of the 3. However, clean plating makes such an artistic statement that is hard to deny these days. While this is not a particularly new method of plating, it is very common and makes a special statement on dinner plates. This is a beautiful way to showcase the meal as the star of the show. This approach could even be utilized with platters, just think, your Thanksgiving turkey can be plated without arrangements that weigh more than the turkey itself. The turkey’s golden, crispy skin with embedded herbs and spices could be the focal point, other than carrots, celery, and potatoes. They don’t have to be kicked off the plate, they just don’t need to be loaded on, less is more.
Creating your own style and touch can be very special. There is something that is invaluable about stretching yourself to more creative heights and to receive raving reviews because of it. Whether you’re new or just looking to do something new, learning about the culture always helps. Doing this while still maintaining your own particular flair is key. So there you have it, go ahead and switch things up, and reap the rewards!
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