The festive season is well and truly here. Our party dresses are on, gifts are wrapped, platters are prepared and Instagram is bursting with happy snaps. So what makes a good summer soiree? Here are 5 things you MUST have.
Something ice-cold and refreshing is a must, especially for us Brisbane folk who swelter through the festive season. A refreshing iced tea or fruit punch is perfect for a summer BBQ, and a local wine or sangria wouldn’t go astray. Our picks are a Pomegranate iced tea from T2 or the locally-crafted, ready to drink SKA Sangria. SKA Sangria is a Spanish-inspired masterpiece blend with 90% of ingredients being Australian wines, juices and essences. A combination by Brisbane business Spanish Boutique Beverages that has been fine-tuned for three years to perfectly fuse Australian and Spanish culture.
Cheese, cheese and more cheese! It comes as no surprise that we love a good pre-dinner cheese platter, or one that can be shared over afternoon drinks. And nothing beats a DIY cheese platter with all of the trimmings you enjoy most. Think 5 cheeses, salami, grapes, crackers, bread sticks, dips and something sweet on the side. For the best, stop in to Black Pearl Epicure in Fortitude Valley and gather supplies – they’ve got a huge selection of hard and soft cheeses and so many options for that something sweet accompaniment (did someone say Valrhona chocolate?). The staff are super, so they’ll help you with matching and send you off with buzzing tastebuds. Aesthetically, this is one of the best looking cheese platters we ever did see, all the way from Sirromet Winery.
One word: MOZI. Pick up some cute homewares, kitchenware and table decorations at MOZI to make your soiree one-of-a-kind. The new Gelato collection is the epitome of summer soiree! Check out our post on DIY table decor here.
For gift ideas and inspiration for any occasion and budget, check out our gift guides for the gals, guys, Mum and Dad. The hardest decision will be deciding which one gift to give. Alternately, who doesn’t love a homemade treasure of deliciousness?! Make your guests some tasty take-home packages of sweet treats and healthy bites – at the moment I’m loving guilt-free bliss balls for ultimate snacking and gifting (these ones are the Strawberry Bliss Balls by Pete Evans).