15 Jan Easy Summer Entertaining Ideas
Easy Summer Entertaining Ideas
Summer is THE time for entertaining. School holidays, sunshine, long days and all-round good vibes mean people want to PARTAY. If you’re the one with the sweet pad, you’ve probably done your fair share of entertaining. If your hosting fatigue has peaked, don’t worry. We’ve got some ideas to get you through the final leg of summer.
There’s nothing more Aussie than having your friends over for a swim if you’re the lucky mug with a pool! But with it comes to the responsibility of snacks, coming up with towels (someone always forgets!) and more often than not, dishing out drinks.
Make it easy on yourself with a fruity jug of sangria and a delicious tapas platter.
The good thing about Sangria is that you can basically use any red wine and fruit lying about. Spanish wine is preferable but a good bold Merlot works too!
- 1/2 medium apple
- 1/2 medium orange
- 3-4 Tbsp organic brown sugar
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1/3 cup brandy
- 750 ml bottle dry Spanish red wine*
- 1 cup Ice to chill
- Add apples, oranges, and sugar to a large jug and mix with a big spoon
- Add orange juice and brandy and mix again to combine for 30 seconds.
- Add red wine and stir to incorporate, then taste and adjust flavour as needed. I like to add a dash of cinnamon too for a flavour burst.
- Add ice and stir once more to chill.
- Serve as is, or with a bit more ice. Garnish with orange segments (optional).
- Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
Serve it in our Leather & Brass Jug for a fancy poolside soiree.
Side note, our copper glassware is perfect for poolside parties because it doesn’t break like typical ‘glassware’.
Ah, the dreaded kid’s playdate. If you’re a smart host, you’ve likely nudged your kids to be friends with the kids’ whos mum’s also like a cheeky vino. If you’ve had enough of fruit platters and serving multiple kids in your house, I have a solution.
The trick is to tire and feed the monsters early so you and your high-quality mum friends can sip in silence.
Cue, BBQ. Chuck some sausages on the barbie, pop a loaf of bread out and let the kids serve themselves. Sweet!
When you can *finally* serve yourself, keep the food simple and the drinks classy. A good platter has something sweet, something salty and something crunchy. Follow this rule of thumb and you’ll hit all the right notes.
Now we get to the good bit, the cocktails. If you’re after a crowd-pleaser, you can’t go past a classic Mint Mojito. It’s easy, tasty and goes down like a dream!
1 lime juiced (squeezed fresh)
1 tsp finely granulated sugar
3 mint leaves
50ml white rum
Mix the lime juice with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar and mint leaves.
Fill your fancy copper mug with about 2/3 with ice and add rum.
Garnish with used lime and top it off with soda water.
If you’re over hosting events that require you to clean your house pre and post-event, perhaps it’s time for a picnic? All you need is a blanket, some snacks and your drink of choice and you’ve got yourself an outing!
If you want to add a bit of pizazz to your shindig, pack some stemless copper wine glasses which are perfect to travel with because you guessed it, they are made from copper, not glass. No need to stress about breaking them.
The beauty of picnics is that any type of cuisine will fly. A hot chicken, fruit platter, cheeses, sandwiches…the options are endless.
However you’re spending the last weeks of summer, I do hope you’re well hydrated.