Just because summer is over it doesn’t mean that the entertaining season needs to end. Keep the vibe alive and make the most of the last few pockets of afternoon warmth while you can #StayAwayRain . When it comes to food, platters are the best and easiest way to keep your guests pecking with minimal prep at your end, because you still want to have time to eat, drink, and have fun yourself. To help make your job easier we’ve put together our top tips for Presenting Crow Pleasing Platters. With some yummy ingredients and clever placement, you’ll have yours ready in no time.
Having a selection of platters, plates or boards in a variety of sizes gives you more space and room to get creative with your platter layout. It’s also a great idea to have a few different sizes to cater for the number of guests you’ll be entertaining. The variety we’ve used are all from the new Wiltshire Bamboo and Acacia wooden range available from Briscoes. For more information click here.
Cut or use foods that have a variety of sizes and shapes to make it look more appealing and to keep your eyes engaged and eager to taste lots of different things. You want to have a balance of large foods (meats, fruit, veggies, cheeses), medium sized (crackers, sliced fruit, broken up chocolate and veggies), small sized (nuts, seeds, berries, grapes and olives).
Pops of colourful food really stands out on a platter. The brighter and more vibrant the better. So select foods that have a variety of colours especially if you have a cheese and cracker board that has lots of brown and yellow, having colourful foods will balance out the platter. For example placing the bright pink Hummus next to the bright orange carrots really makes them stand out.
Pick 3 – 4 main points on your board to place your big eye-catching ingredients. As you will see on the fruit platter we’ve used the large coconut and two orange halves. On the savoury platter, we’ve used the 3 dip varieties. From there place your other varieties of foods in mini clusters and work your way in. Make sure you have a good selection of each food item presented across the whole platter that way people will be able to pick from all sides of the board.
Fill any gaps with smaller things like nuts, seeds, grapes and olives. Sprinkle or garnish food with simple things like desiccated coconut, sesame seeds and you can also use some greenery or flowers to fill in and brighten up any small areas (just make sure you wash and check them for any small bugs).
To encourage you to make some mega yummy looking platters for your guests we have some Wiltshire Acacia wooden boards to giveaway to three lucky winners.
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Competition closes 30.3.2017 New Zealand Residents only.
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