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Home Living : December 7th 2010
4 HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, December 7, 2010 HOMELIVING Secrets to a splendid spread You've read the cookbooks, watched the TV programs and now you're ready to tackle the challenge of hosting Christmas lunch for the family. Nothing in the world can come between you and your mission to provide tasty, memorable festive fare for your loved ones -- unless it's logistics. For some people, catering a lunch for 10-plus guests is easy. It's organising the house that is the hard part. If you want to host a lunch that will be remembered as one of the best, you need to plan ahead. Trawl your home for the best spot to host lunch for a large number of people. If no area is big enough to make everyone comfortable, consider doing canapes and drinks rather than a sit-down lunch. Make sure your kitchen is stocked with the right utensils. From appropriate-size pots and pans to pantry must-haves like oil, flour, sugar and spices, it is essential that you have all the right ingredients to get your dish from the stove top to the table. Invest in a plain crockery set that will serve more guests than you have invited. You never know who might turn up so it's important to have some spare plates, bowls and side dishes so no one feels left out. Serving dishes, bowls and plates are also staples for home catering. Remember simple crockery styles are best as they always remain in style and look chic. Like crockery, ensure you have stocked up on enough cutlery and serving utensils for the day so your guests aren't forced to use their hands to serve themselves salads and side dishes. Glassware is another vital element of hosting parties from home. Separate white and red wine glasses aren't vital but don't forget to stock up one of these as well as water and beer glasses, jugs and champagne flutes for the big day. Some little extras can transform your standard Christmas Day lunch into a unique, decadent occasion: gravy boats for gravy or dressings, matching salt and pepper shakers, bread baskets, festive-themed napkins, vases filled with fresh flowers or herbs and place cards are all great ways to jazz up your table. Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c ALUMINIUM WINDOWS & SLIDING DOORS BETA - VIEW BETA - VIEW 900x900 (3'x3') $138 1200 x 1500 (4' x 5') $202 1200 x 1800 (4' x 6') $224 1200 x 2400 (4' x 8') $328 web: www.betaview.com.au - email: email@example.com PRICES FOR WINDOW ONLY & INCLUDE GST AVAILABLE IN BROWN, WHITE, HAWTHORN GREEN, PALE EUCALYPT, STONE BEIGE, CLEAR ANO, PRIMROSE FREE QUOTES FOR SUPPLY & INSTALL Unit 6, 9 Kurrajong Rd, St Marys 2271155i hln wk44 Ph:9623 5611 F:9623 5091 ABN 14 070 225 197 Master Lic No 408872083 Lic 84933c Security lic. no. 408925402 GLASS CUT TO SIZE OPEN SAT At Home, T14, Alexandria ktak 131913 %off all Shutters & Blinds %off all Awnings accentblinds.com.au Hurry! Limited Time Only *NO INTEREST EVER! How can we help you today? ALUMINIUM WINDOWS CAR PORTS *Conditions apply Builders Licence No 34164 www.homeclad.com.au Showroom: 121 Fairford Road, PADSTOW CLADDING PATIO COVERS FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Ph 1800 658 088 All prices are subject to a deposit. All prices include installation. Metro areas only. *Estimates are based on 24 month term. A retail payment option by Certegy Australia Limited ABN 68 050 021 513. Conditions apply. OMECLAD 2077534i hlc 23/11 1582-1584 Canterbury Road Punchbowl Tel 9708 6888 | 9708 6688 www.goodkitchenbathroom.com.au GOOD KITCHEN & BATHROOM Mon-Fri9am-5pm|Sat-Sun9.30am-4pm massive discounts on kitchens and bathrooms 2058877i 7/12 L shape kitchen including 10 cabinets with polyurethane doors and granite benchtop CUSTOM DESIGN SERVICE AVAILABLE from $1850 $350 plus free base bar from 185 from $130 from $250 from $380 from $150
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