Now that we are emerging from the depths of two cumbersome years of Covid restrictions, we are brimming with excitement at the opportunity to host loved ones again in our homes. The arrival of spring to the island has brought with it boundless possibilities to celebrate al fresco (and without masks)! Creating the perfect backyard event to mark the occasion might seem naturally daunting to some after months of social distancing, which is why we have created the ultimate refresher. Here’s our guide to hosting an elevated garden soirée from tablescape tips to menu staples; including this year’s cocktail of the season – the iconic Bombay Sapphire Ready-to-Pour Gin & Tonic’s.
- Often the most overlooked step in creating an event at home is the dining table. There is a subtle art form in setting the perfect table and one can get very creative with the process. Consider the season and stick to a colour theme. To create lively dimension, we recommend using a variety of textures, starting with a tablecloth and layering it with placemats before adding your cutlery and napkins. Taking inspiration from nature can also instantly elevate any table. Beautifully selected flower arrangements and a formal centrepiece will create a chic look, whereas hand-picked branches and garden foliage will evoke a rustic charm.
When it comes to selecting glassware and cutlery, consider opting for sustainable choices. Mixing your own items with thrifted ones can add character to your table, plus it makes for a memorable outing to source vintage goods! Bermuda is home to an abundance of thrift stores, each full of their own hidden treasures from eclectic glassware to quality china at affordable prices.
- LIGHTING & MUSIC
- Although we are spoiled by the sounds of nature here in Bermuda, your guests might appreciate a steady stream of music to accompany the whistling tree frogs at your outdoor event. Curating a diverse playlist with a mix of genres will ensure each guest can find a song to dance to. If your gathering is set to transition into the night, be sure to create an inviting ambience with string lights, lanterns, tiki torches or candles. Additionally, you might find it useful to place a few citronella candles around to keep pesky bugs at bay.
- BEVERAGES + HOW TO SERVE
- Whether you are keeping the guest list small and intimate, or large and vibrant, having a cooler stocked with Bombay Sapphire ready-to-pour Gin & Tonic’s is essential. These canned beverages eliminate the stress of hosting duties so that you can spend more time basking in the company of your guests. Not only is a G&T a classic and favourite of many, in its pre-mixed form it promises a tantalising taste. If any of your guests are seeking a more balanced option without compromising on quality and premium flavour, the Bombay Sapphire & Light Tonic offers just that. Derived from precious botanicals, the signature juniper and citrus notes of Bombay Sapphire gin found in both beverages can help make any garden soirée feel effortless.
Bombay Sapphire ready-to-pour Gin & Tonic’s are best served cold over ice with a fresh squeeze of lime. Get creative with your garnishes by incorporating craft ice that can be made ahead of your event. Simply forage around your garden for edible flowers that can be added to the ice tray before freezing. If you are unfamiliar with Bermuda’s natural edible blooms, take a look at our guide here. Once the ice is ready, adorn your glasses with this beautiful garnish that is certain to impress.
- SEASONAL MENU
- Second in importance to the drinks at any Bermudian gathering is naturally the food! Spring menus should be fresh, full of seasonal produce and bursting with local flavours. As your guests begin to arrive it’s always a good idea to have some nibbles at the ready such as a charcuterie board or baked onion dip. For the main course, fire up the grill with a selection of meats or locally caught fish- extra points for lionfish! Grilled vegetable skewers, bruschetta and tempting picnic classics such as potato salad all make for great sides. Adjust your menu to cater for dietary restrictions if needed. And, don’t forget about a refreshing dessert to cool off from the day’s heat.
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