Spring Menu Ideas for any Dinner Party
It may not seem like it at the moment, but spring really is just around the corner! The cold will be disappearing soon and the sun making an appearance – what better time to throw a dinner party? Whether for a few friends or for a special occasion, our team of culinary experts at The White Label have put together a few menu ideas that you can use to inspire your spring menu for 2019.
Chicken Salad with Apricots, Celery and Blue Cheese
For a light salad with an undeniable spring feel, this is the perfect combination of flavours to really leave an impression. The sweetness of the apricots combined with the creamy blue cheese and refreshing celery are a delightful mix, all topped off with deliciously tender chicken. Serve it as a small side portion or as one of your mains and you’ll be off to a good start.
Poached Duck Egg with Asparagus, Cured Ham and Grain Mustard Dressing
Kick off the asparagus season and enjoy its fresh taste with this delicious recipe. A poached duck egg sits atop an aesthetically pleasing bed of thin, cured ham and asparagus, whilst a drizzle of grain mustard dressing adds a tang that pairs wonderfully with the rich, salty ham. It’s an impressive dish that’s incredibly easy to put together, making it perfect for a stress-free dinner party.
Shrimp and Chorizo Mixed Grill
A mixed grill makes an ideal spring main, and is the perfect chance to use your grill to impress guests! With plenty of asparagus and cabbage alongside a delightfully fresh cilantro-lime dressing, the chorizo and shrimp are enhanced by this combination of flavours. Finish things off with a cilantro-sour cream dipping sauce and get ready to impress.
Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots
For a dessert that’s as appealing to the eyes as it is to the taste-buds, these adorable berry Eton Mess dessert shots are a great way to add a little sweetness to your menu. In individual glasses, they look incredible and add a touch of sophistication to an event, as well as making it super simple to serve them. The best part? They only take 15 minutes to make!
No menu is complete without a cocktail and we’re loving grapefruit mojitos this year. Fresh, tart, and sweet all at once, they’re an instant spring winner! Make it as you would a normal mojito, but switch the lime for grapefruit juice and add a little wedge of grapefruit and a few sprigs of mint for a touch of class.
If you want to throw a dinner party to impress your guests this spring, use the help of our team at The White Label. We craft events that reflect your vision, whether for a product launch, corporate gathering or something a little more casual. Tell us your idea and let us do the rest.
Winter Warming Cocktail Ideas
There’s no denying the January blues – the Christmas break is over, work is back on, and the weather’s usually pretty bleak. However, isn’t that the perfect excuse to cheer things up a little with a winter cocktail? From sweet apple to fragrant cinnamon, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite tipples to keep the winter chills at bay this year.
Guns of Barbaresco
For an indulgent and fruity kick, this drink is the ideal choice. Combining apple brandy with orange bitter, lemon juice, and the spicy Barolo Chinato, it’s the perfect bittersweet drink with a rich flavour, which can be sweetened to the drinker’s liking with a little double-strength Demerara simple syrup. Add a star anise pod for a drink that you can be proud to serve.
Sticking with the apple flavours, this Mela d’Alba is a fruity twist on a traditional Negroni. It’s simple to make and packs a punch, making it ideal for those who want a quick yet delicious drink, or who aren’t so confident with the art of cocktail making. Using the usual sweet vermouth and Campari, all you have to do is add a dash of apple brandy in replacement of gin. The apple brandy compliments the Campari’s sweetness perfectly, and a twist of lemon makes a colourful garnish.
Ladies Dancing Punch
While the official party season may be over, there’s always an excuse for getting your friends and family together. This punch makes a wonderful winter-warmer to keep spirits high in chilly weather. Combine chai tea with a delightfully smoky scotch to create your base, before adding a little sweetness with sherry, slight bitterness with lemon juice, and a touch of spice with Angostura bitters. A vanilla-cinnamon syrup creates a sweet, fragrant finish, while frozen cranberries and slices of oranges give this punch a touch of elegance.
Sparkling Bourbon Pear Cocktail
For those of you who enjoy the craft of cocktail making, the success of this sweet and earthy drink is all in the preparation. Begin by roasting pears, allowing them to caramelise, before blending them with lemon juice for a sweet yet tangy puree. Add a dash of maple syrup and a fine bourbon, before letting your cocktails cool in the fridge. Finally, finish your drinks by pouring into a glass and topping with sparkling wine and sprinkling with a little ground clove. Fruity and punchy, the results are worth the effort!
Madeira and Lemon Cocktail
Not too dissimilar from the summer favourite that is sangria, this cocktail harbours nutty tones lifted by rich caramel thanks to Madeira, a fortified wine. Keep things simple for this one, adding a splash of lemon juice and simple syrup before shaking. Garnish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg which pairs wonderfully with the warm flavours of this drink.
If you’d like to test out some winter cocktails and delicate dishes, why not bring in the assistance of The White Label team to help organise an event to help shake off those winter blues? From product launches to formal gatherings, we’ll work alongside you to curate an event that’s exactly to your tastes and reflects your vision.
Start talking to our team today and let’s begin planning an event to kickstart 2019 in the right way.