With spring here and the weather warming up, it's time to spice up your home entertaining with a South American dinner party. Follow these five easy tips from the Bemz design team for an unforgettable fiesta - beyond the food.
Bemz cover for Nils stools in Jet Black Stockholm Stripe, Light Denim Blue Belgian Linen Blend and Bemz fabric per metre in Mandarin Orange Gotland Stripe, Deep Navy Blue Herbarium, design Stig Lindberg for the Bemz Desginer Collection
1) Try new recipes: According to food trends for 2013, sustainability and local ingredients have not lost their mojo. Menus are venturing to South America to include feisty flavours from Brazil, Argentina and Peru. With its roots in simple home cooking, South American cuisine is the perfect choice to serve at a dinner party. Don’t be scared to try a trendy variations on the popular seafood dish, ceviche, or to organise an Argentine asado (an Argentinian BBQ).
2) Staging your entertaining is just as important as getting the food right – as well as great fun. Decorate with colours and patterns that are a feast for the eye.
Bemz covers for Nils armchair in Lemongrass Flamingo Park, Nils chair in Black/White Coconut Grove, Henriksdal chair in Fuchsia Flamingo Park, all designed by Designers Guild, and Henriksdal chair in Fuchsia Panama Cotton
Use festive, colourful streamers wherever you can, and a tablecloth in bold strong colours and patterns for extra pizazz. If you have potted plants around the house, collect them in your entertaining area to get a (however slight) feeling of tropical beauty.
4) Chill out. While cooking and serving your meal, stay relaxed: South American food is hearty, flavoursome and doesn't call for perfectionism. Focus on enjoying your guests instead.
5) The clean up: Since all Bemz covers are durable, stain-protected and machine washable, you don’t have to worry if you splash a bit of Chilean wine or spill chimichurri sauce on them.
Visit our website for more ideas about how Bemz can help you style your next dinner party.¡Salud!