Summer entertaining: Top tips from Our style & Harvey Norman
Long, balmy days, a garden in full bloom… Summer is the perfect time to entertain at home. Our style Editor-in-chief Victoria Carey, together with , shares her top tips for hosting friends and family – from food ideas to styling tips.
“A good quality blender is a must for summer,” says Victoria. “Whip up smoothies, sorbets, cocktails… and don’t forget the garnish ¬– I love a sprig of fresh rosemary or a colourful edible flower.” With Vitamix Ascent A25001 Blender in white (063211), $1195, available at .
Poke bowls are one of Victoria’s summer favourites. “They’re a fresh, light option for warmer months,” she says. “I like to top them with tuna, avocado and pickled ginger.” With Kenwood Chef XL Titanium mixer in silver (KVL8300S), $1199, with Spiralizer attachment (KAX700PL), $199, available at .
“Summer just isn’t summer without a barbecue,” says Victoria. “If you don’t have room for a full sized one, a tabletop grill is an ideal option for smaller spaces.” With Sunbeam Reversagrill BBQ Grill (HG3300), $149, available at .
“The pavlova is an Australian classic,” says Victoria. “Smaller meringues are an easy option to share around ¬–with cream and berries, they’re sure to impress guests.” With Kenwood chef Sense XL Mixer in blue (KVL6100B), $699, available at .
A statement-making cake is worth the effort. “It can double as a centrepiece,” says Victoria. “Consider how you are going to decorate the table when choosing the icing and toppings.” With Smeg 50s Style Stand Mixer in cream (SMF01CRAU), $799, available at .
“It’s great to have the option of offering coffee after everyone has finished eating,” says Victoria. “And a high quality machine means everyone can enjoy a barista-worthy brew.” With Jura Z8 Automatic Coffee Machine (Z8ALU), $4490, available at .
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