Family Meals That Get You More Out Of Family Time
When prepping family meals, alfresco dining works because it’s all about ease and enjoyment. Don’t knock yourself out – setting up a stylish outdoor spread is easy, breezy and delicious! Here are our 5 tips for getting it right every time:
#1: Serve family-style platters
Spend time socializing, not painstakingly plating family meals. Serving family-style platters gets food from BBQ to table faster and allows guests to select their menu favourites. Garnish platters with fresh herbs or line them with a banana leaf for a foodie’s touch.
#2: Create easy tabletops for family meals
Casual service is popular, which is good news for busy chefs! Stack plates and bundle cutlery in napkins so guests can help themselves. For serving dishes, invest in attractive pieces that multitask as serving platters, cheese boards and/or dessert trays. Think wooden planks, marble servers and bamboo boards. Add candles or a big hurricane lamp to set the mood. (For stylish family meals settings, check out leons.ca/outdoor.)
#3: Make serving drinks a snap
A seasonal pitcher drink is less fuss than making drinks to order. Fill a pitcher with a non-alcoholic base and add spirits (if desired) then pour into salt-rimmed glasses. Garnish with fresh fruit or fiery pepper slices. Try our watermelon margarita recipe. Cheers!
#4: Create entertainment zones
Setting up separate entertainment zones for outdoor family meals, like a dining table and conversation area, or dining area and alfresco home theatre area, allows parents to supervise kids while enjoying a grown-up meal nearby. Consider this option if your family entertains frequently.
#5: Be creative (and smart) about the food you serve
Today’s party food trends are easy to prep and let guests load up on what they love. Here are three of the hottest build-your-own party food trends for 2018:
- Taco station including hot-off-the-grill meats and veggies
- Poke bar with veggies and sushi-grade fish for a healthy Hawaiian-inspired meal
- BBQ buffet with all the fixin’s!