25 Sep, 2023
Our tips for effortless entertaining this spring
The arrival of spring brings lighter and longer evenings, perfect for relaxed entertaining. We love hosting friends and family for casual gatherings whether it’s a slow Sunday lunch or Friday night drinks in the garden. Read our tips for effortless entertaining and discover the beautiful and practical pieces we’re using to style our kitchen and dining spaces for spring.
Spring menu and styling tips
The key to stress free and relaxed entertaining is keeping it simple. A simple menu allows you as the host to enjoy spending more time with your guests than in the kitchen. Prepare all your dishes before guests arrive, with one or two to be gently reheated before serving. Enjoy all that spring has to offer with fresh salads back on the menu. Start with a cheese board followed by a roast vege salad, a green salad, a feta and spinach quiche (can be made the day before and reheated) along with a protein of your choice. We often prepare herb crusted chicken breast before guests arrive which can be sliced and added to the salads as an easy and delicious option.
Once the menu is planned, lay a beautiful table to welcome your guests. Style your table with a tablecloth, cloth napkins, cutlery, glassware, candles and fresh flowers. Our Loft Linen tablecloths and napkins offer effortless luxury for a casual but put together look.
A lovely way to start your entertaining is to prepare a delicious cocktail to serve guests on arrival. Making the most of in season grapefruit, we’re loving Grapefruit Margaritas for a zingy, citrussy spin on a classic cocktail. Follow our easy recipe to make the perfect spring aperitif.
Makes 1 cocktail
50 mls tequila
50 mls Triple Sec or Cointreau
100 mls fresh grapefruit juice (plus extra for dipping the glass rim)
Fresh lime juice (to taste)
1. Squeeze a grapefruit and dip the rim of a glass into the juice and then press gently into some sea salt on a plate.
2. In a cocktail shaker generously stacked with ice cubes, shake together the Tequila, Triple Sec (or Cointreau) and grapefruit juice and strain into your salt-rimmed glass, adding fresh ice cubes if you like.
3. Spritz with lime juice to taste, for added sharpness.
When hosting a crowd, this recipe can be supersized to make pitchers of margarita. To serve 6, you will need 300ml Tequila, 300ml Triple Sec, 600ml grapefruit juice and lime juice to taste. Mix ingredients together in a large jug with a few handfuls of ice, strain into salt-rimmed glasses and enjoy!
Host in comfort
For a relaxed get together, make sure to let your guests know the dress code is ‘casual’. From jeans and lounge pants to sweatshirts and Tees, we reckon the more casual the better, especially when hosting family. When everyone is dressed casually, everyone relaxes.
So, when comfort is key, look no further than our Weekend Loungewear. Made from soft cotton knit, these wardrobe staples are designed for slow days at home, popping on after work and relaxed weekend plans. Mix and match with your favourite denim for easy to wear style.
Celebrate the beauty of nature this spring for hosting in style. Featuring a pretty ditsy floral in sweet tones with a coordinating gingham check, our Bloom Kitchen pieces will make your entertaining (and every day) more beautiful.
Pop on a Bloom Apron to serve grapefruit margheritas and use the Bloom Oven Gloves while handling hot dishes. And do the washing up in style with our Bloom Tea Towel Set. Beautiful, practical and giftable, discover the perfect linens to brighten your spring kitchen.