Tip #3: Don't feel you have to make everything from scratch
Credit: Robert Kenney; Food styling by Kathleen Almeida

Tip #3: Don't feel you have to make everything from scratch

Keep a flatbread in the freezer and throw it in the oven when you’re expecting guests. Top with greens for the fresh factor.

Flatbread courtesy of Tartine Tarts, availalbe at Gourmet Warehouse

Tip #4: DIY
Credit: Robert Kenney; Napkins by Stesha Ho

Tip #4: DIY

Can’t find napkins to match your decor? Head to your local fabric store, pick out exactly what you want and make them yourself.

Fabric purchased from Dressew (under $10 for 6 napkins)

Skip the stress of a formal dinner party and host an elegant cocktail soiree (no one will even miss the main course)
Credit: Photo by Robert Kenney, Food styling by Kathleen Almeida

Skip the stress of a formal dinner party and host an elegant cocktail soiree (no one will even miss the main course)

Tip #1: Go local year-round

Frozen berries are perfect in cocktails and in baking, so bag and freeze blueberries, raspberries and blackberries when they’re in season.

 
"Local Buzz" Cocktail Recipe

1 oz Odd Society Wallflower Gin
1 oz Odd Society Crème de Cassis
Canada Dry Ginger ale
Berries for garnish (fresh or frozen)

Pour the gin and crème de cassis over a full glass of ice, top with ginger ale. Garnish with berries and enjoy.

 

Charcuterie selections, crackers and water courtesy of Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli; Flatbread courtesy of Tartine Tarts, available at Gourmet Warehouse; Crème de Cassis liqueur courtesy of Odd Society Spirits; Berry tarts courtesy of Temper Pastry; Flower arrangements courtesy of The Flower Factory

Tip #2: Customize your own charcuterie platter
Credit: Robert Kenney; Food styling by Kathleen Almeida

Tip #2: Customize your own charcuterie platter

Draw inspiration from your party's colour palette and select your favourite meats, cheeses and olives instead of just going with a prepared deli tray.

Charcuterie selections courtesy of Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli