Summer Entertaining Must-Haves
Canada Day and the Fourth of July have come and gone, and it is safe to say summer is officially in full swing. As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, the season for backyard barbecues, pool parties, and dinner parties is upon us. Entertaining in the summer is different than any other time of year, as the allure of sunny weather and lazy weekends is a productivity killer. The ideal summer soirée means spending maximum time unwinding with your friends and family while still hosting an elegant and memorable party. These must-haves will ensure that your next get together is lively, polished and relaxing.
One of the easiest ways to appear as if you've spent hours planning your party is by using an aesthetically pleasing set of glassware. Quench your partygoers' thirst for wine and refreshing cocktails with handblown CUPA VINO Wine Glasses from Sempli. Made from lead-free crystal, their unique stemless construction creates a swirly rotation when set down. This assists the oxygenation of the wine to enhance its sensory experience and entertains your guests. To go along with the Sempli glasses, we also offer the handblown VASO Vino Decanter. The decanter expands the aromatic profile of your red or white wine, and serves as a beautiful serving vessel to add to your party decor. If you are planning on drinking beer, this award winning designer also has a collection of glasses with a flat botton created to enhance the effervescence of carbonated beverages. The Monti-Birra Glass is ideal for serving craft beer in an sophisticated way, holding 12 oz. of your favourite bottle of beer.
To take your appetizer course to a whole new level, try serving your cheese platter on the Fishs Eddy Artist Palette Cheese Tray. The creative serving plate is sure to attract attention during your party, and can be displayed in your kitchen all year round. You can even use the paint design as a guide, organizing your cheese and charcuterie items by colour to create a culinary masterpiece. The Nicole Aquillano Ceramics Northern Ave Bridge Tiny Long Dish is another beautiful way to serve snacks to your guests. It is made from porcelain clay and has a hand-drawn depiction Boston's Northern Avenue bridge, but is dishwasher and microwave safe. The dish is an excellent size to serve olives in, and can be used to hold jewellery or put on display when you aren't entertaining.
To end your meal on an elegant note, serve your guests tea with the Kikkerland Ora Double Walled Tea Cups and Teapot. The double-walled design of these glasses keeps tea hot without burning your hand, and has a minimalist and sleek look. The teapot is also double-walled, and has a removable wire tea infuser to prevent leaves from pouring into the cup, so you can serve fancy loose leaf tea without any hassle or mess. The DOIY WithCoffee Porcelain Coffee Set is a functional and decorative way to serve milk and sugar with hot beverages at the end of the night. Shaped like a classic Bialetti moka pot, it is actually a stackable system composed of a milk jug, four cups, and a sugar bowl.
Now that you have your aesthetic down, it is time to plan out the most important party of any party – food. At Room 2046, we have a large selection of food, drink, and dessert recipe books. One of our favourites is Bar Tartine, a techniques and recipes cookbook from the famous San Francisco restaurant. Bar Tartine teaches the techniques of cooking processes such as fermentation, curing, and pickling, as well as recipes from Central European, Japanese, and Scandinavian cuisine. It covers dishes ranging from soups to shared plates to sweets, and is a must-read for any budding chef. For a book focused on entertaining ideas, try Inspired Bites by the co-owners of Pinch Food Design catering company. Inspired Bites is filled with irresistible recipes, such as truffled quail eggs on mini English muffin, deconstructed buffalo chicken wings, and banana semifreddo on cocoa rice crunch. It also has advice and DIY projects for food presentation, so you can charm your guests' eyes and tastebuds. If you are interested in a modern take on a classic cookbook, Chop Sizzle Wow will exceed your expectations. This graphic cookbook contains 50 Silver Spoon recipes, such as chicken cacciatore and sweet and sour caponata. Each recipe is illustrated step by step in comic book style, making your culinary experience simple and entertaining. Room 2046 also has a variety of dessert cookbooks available, such as Big Gay Ice Cream, Sweet Middle East, and Lomelino's Ice Cream.
If you are feeling inspired to plan a summer dinner party, come visit us at Room 2046, or browse our Dining collection and Food & Drink books online. For more summer entertaining ideas, check out our Instagram and Pinterest Food and Beer, Booze, Barware boards!