Entertaining friends and family over spring and summer can be a breeze, with a few expert tips and a helping hand.

Words: Kristy Barratt

“My style of entertaining is casual and relaxed, involves lots of share plates, and creates little fuss for guests,” says David Southwell. As the Village Concierge, David has his finger firmly on the pulse with food and entertaining.

“The best thing about creating parties of any style, size or celebration in spring or summer is that the Village has creative menu options that can be tailored to all tastes and events,” he says. “Our new menus coordinate many choices using all the food retailers, making entertaining easy.”

Planning an Asian-inspired luncheon? Petit Saigon makes authentic Vietnamese and David says The Copper Pan is perfect for bowls of salad with an Asian influence. “They also make a perfect baby potato salad with bacon and chives,” he says. If it’s a classic barbecue you’re going for, David recommends the Brazilian steaks from Prime Quality Meats, prawn skewers from Seafood @ St Ives and chicken mignons from Fare Game.

With your theme and menu sorted, turn your attention to your table setting. “I would create a long table with white linen and fresh flowers as the centrepiece.” “Brief the Flower Village team as they have crystal fish bowls, which are set off beautifully with roses or white lilies.” David also suggests using Marimekko napkins from Plenty Kitchen & Tableware and adding glass tea-lights from Bed, Bath N’ Table to set the mood.

Finally, the drinks list! David recommends serving a cocktail on arrival, followed by a chilled sauvignon blanc from Romeo’s Cellar or Vintage Cellars, boutique beers and “an oversized champagne bucket filled with ice where guests can help themselves”. And then, voilà, it’s time to party!

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The Village Concierge can cater to your needs and plan your special occasion. If you need assistance organising the perfect event, contact David. Villageconcierge.net