tips to throw a dinner party

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If you love cooking and entertaining then one of the best ways you can incorporate the two is by throwing a dinner party. A dinner party is perfect for getting all your loved ones together in one place and spending an evening eating, drinking, laughing and catching up. It also gives you a chance to extend your culinary skills and to create dishes that you wouldn’t normally cook. This could be anything from a mushroom gravy recipe from Feasting at Home to whipping up some canapes and more intricate desserts. Here we have put together some top tips for throwing a dinner party at home…

Think about the group you want to invite

The last thing you want for your dinner party is to have a group of people that don’t get on or have anything in common. You want the conversation to be easy and for everyone to get on well. It could be that they have never met, but they have a lot in common, this would be fine as the talk will still flow easily and they will all have a good time. If you are inviting a lot of people, also think about who to sit next to each other.

Do as much prep the day before as you can

On the evening of your dinner party, you don’t want to be running around in the kitchen the whole time. Try to do as much recipe prep ahead of time as possible so you just need to do the actual cooking on the day. Prep includes chopping the vegetables and measuring out the ingredients. It can be fiddly and take time but on the day you will be so grateful that you have done it before the day of the dinner party so you can spend time with your guests. 

Ask about dietary requirements beforehand

Don’t forget to ask about dietary requirements ahead of time. The worst thing will be if you have prepared a dish with no alternatives and someone is unable to eat it. It could be that they are allergic to something, are a vegetarian or vegan or that they really don’t like one of the ingredients. Ask people in good time so you can ensure you have a backup option ready in case it is needed.

Get plenty of drinks in

A dinner party is a great excuse to crack open a bottle of wine or two and get a bit merry together. Make sure that you get enough bottles in as once you are in the full swing of the party it can be disappointing if you run out and have to either stop or do a late-night dash to the nearest supermarket. You could ask guests to bring a bottle with them to avoid this.

These are just a few top tips for how to throw a dinner party. By following these you will ensure you have the best chance of your success and your friends will be talking about it for months to come. 

** This was a contributed post.

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kinfolk : a coffee menu

Kinfolk_Vol15_CaffeinealaCarte-2Words by Liz Clayton. Top Photograph by Gentl & Hyers. Bottom Photograph by Emory Ann Kurysh. Food Styling by Camille Becerra.

Everything in your life can be coffee if you really want it to be. It just makes sense. Coffee, and its ability to somehow soothe and vivify at the same time, provides a through-line in so many of our lives. From unconsciousness into morning, it sparks creativity at work and later revitalizes us for the playtime that comes after. So why limit its gifts to those of imbibement? Coffee, whether it’s in your body, on your body or simply near it, can surround you with its comfort in so very many ways.

Beyond merely drinking this magical elixir, there are myriad ways to consume it. In fact, coffee was originally eaten rather than brewed. According to ancient legend, there was a goatherd named Kaldi whose dancing, leaping charges revealed that the source of their jubilation was grazing on the fruits of the wild coffee bushes of Ethiopia. In modern times, we’ve figured out a more bingeable, chocolate-enrobed version of this stimulant, and infusing food with coffee has only become more elegant as chefs learn more about the subtlety and variation of roasts and origins. It’s a natural fit in beer: The sweet deep tones of a sultry roasted coffee can be perfectly suited to the palates of porters or chocolatey stouts. Ground espresso has found its way into spice mixes for delectable meat rubs, combining beautifully with ingredients such as cocoa, Tellicherry pepper and sumac. Coffee and cheese also make surprisingly friendly bedfellows (you’ll find it in aromatic rinds and other mysterious places), and let’s not forget the supreme expression of coffee in any proximity to ice cream.

Coffee can be all around you in the home too. You can put it on your furniture—on purpose, even—as a gentle-tinted wood stain, or apply it with a small brush or swab as a scratch cover. Spent coffee grounds can clean and scrub your pots and pans, and what’s more, they can do the same for your skin: Moistened coffee grounds either used on their own as a skin exfoliant or incorporated into lotions as part of a stimulating coffee massage therapy treatment are credited with stimulating circulation and transmitting their anti-oxidant benefits to the skin. It also has heaps of beneficial uses in the garden from general-purpose composting to intentionally rebalancing your soil’s acidity. Want to change the color of your hydrangeas? Coffee grounds are here to help you go from white to blue.

And if coffee has awakened your artistic side after all that cooking, gardening and spa therapy, anything leftover in the pot makes a lovely watercolor-like paint. It’s a classic aid in creating an antique effect on paper—just remember, would-be historic-document forgers, that your papers will smell revealingly, deliciously like what you’ve been brewing all along.

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raw barn

IMG_1480 copyI have a question for you guys. What format do you shoot your photographs in? Up until recently, I had only being using JPEG. Truth be told, I didn’t know that there were any other options. Then one day, I had some free time and I decided to watch over an hour in YouTube tutorials on Canon cameras. That’s when I heard about a little something called RAW format. What is this RAW, I thought? And why are professional photographers swearing by it?

I put it in the back of my mind until a few days later when I was scheduled to do a photo shoot. I walked to the edge of our deck and snapped two pictures of my mum’s baby barn. I took one in JPEG, and the other in RAW. Oh-my-god.

From this day forward, I will never go back to JPEG. What a difference. The photographs are instantly balanced, sharpened, and more vibrant. The little editing that they do need does not distort the original copy like what usually happens with its lesser counterpart. Why had no one ever told me about this before? My photographic experience has been heightened to such a level that I now want to go shoot any and everything. My life will never be the same.

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to four (three on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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