Tips for a stress free 21st celebration

21st birthday celebrations can be very stressful….who’s coming, how many will turn up, what will they want to eat, will they drink too much… and on it goes. Whilst your 21 year old is very relaxed assuring you “all will be fine”.

Brownies & sparklers

Gone are the days where an invitation was sent in the mail & we all hand wrote our replies “Dear Mr & Mrs Smith thank you for your kind invitation..…” I remember my 21st was a sit down affair. My mother prepared all the food & decorations. I have fond memories of her wrapping ivy from the garden around the posts of the marquee. I only appreciate now just how much work & effort she put in.

21st Birthday Preparations

Onto today & things are a whole lot different. Here are my top tips for a stress free celebration:

1. Call in the caterers of course. We’ve catered for many 21sts & can advise you on what items are popular amongst this crowd.

– You want to provide food that is filling, so items such as mini burgers & petite pizzas are ideal. Protein rich food is also important as the protein helps to metabolise the alcohol.

– Choose finger food that is easy to eat & won’t leave a mess on your floor. I’d avoid anything on skewers or noodle boxes as these tend to get left everywhere & anywhere. It’s surprising where you’ll find these the next day!

– Identify any dietary requirements and cater for a range (vegetarian and vegan is very popular at the moment). Being a nutritionist I understand these needs. Being a caterer I know how to make these options delicious & ones that everyone will enjoy. Our rice paper rolls are a perfect example.

 

Rice Paper Rolls

2. Have a professional in the kitchen heating & plating your food. A chef will go with the flow of the evening & the appetite of the crowd ensuring there’s plenty of food as your guests need it. This is so important as the young ones tend to flow in & out over an evening. The chef will also plate any leftovers for the hangers-on & best of all leave your kitchen as they found it. Sometimes cleaner than they found it! You want to enjoy this party too.

3. Set up a grazing table. Whole ham & rolls, or a burger station are all popular offerings. This way there’s always food available, particularly for those boys with big appetites.

4. Set up water stations. Tubs filled with ice & water bottles are ideal. You want to make the non-alcoholic drinks easily accessible & plentiful. We often find they’ll grab a water as they head out the door which can’t be a bad thing.

5. Find an alcohol supplier that can advise you on quantity & ideally take returns if you have leftovers. We work with a wholesale supplier who will deliver your alcohol cold with ice & tubs, advise on quantity & quality all at a very competitive price.

Champagne Tub

6. Enlist the services of a professional bar person who has RSA qualifications (responsible service of alcohol). They are experienced at handling those that may have imbided a bit too heavliy. It can be awkward trying to deal with one of your child’s close friends. Leave this to the professionals.

7. Set a theme. 70s’s Disco, Favourite Fairytale, Super Heroes, Mexican, Disney Characters, Gangster, Computer Game Characters…… When you go to the effort your guests rise to the occasion too.

Party Decorations

Make things stress free & call us. We can take care of all your catering, staffing & hire needs. We have a new 21st menu that is great value at $19.00 per person. You can download it here.

Please call anytime. I’d love to help make your next 21st celebration memorable & stress free.

Wendy
GreenWithClearBackground
0403861117
wendy@acutabove.com.au

 

Thank you for joining me at the Vision nutrition workshop

It was so lovely to meet you all at the Vision “Share our Healthy Love of Food” event last week. I hope you learnt some new nutrition tips to incorporate into your everyday life.

I also hope you enjoyed our energy ball workshop. I certainly enjoyed running it and loved seeing how everyone approaches the same task in so many different ways. The variety of shapes, sizes & flavours was something to behold. Have you been inspired to experiment with your own flavours? I think my favourite are the lemon balls, lovely & refreshing.

Energy balls x 3

Any feedback you have from last week is very welcome – Have you tried the recipes? Have you found them easy to make? Other recipes you’d like? What nutritional information would you like more of? I’d love to hear your comments, which you can leave below.

I’d like to share with you our Seed Snap recipe, served on the night. This is an easy recipe and a great substitute for bread or crackers. It’s loaded with healthy fat & fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Seed snaps

Don’t forget Vision members receive 25% off a nutrition consultation until 31 July. If you have a health goal you’d like to reach or a health concern you’d like to address, I would love to help.

Share our healthy love of food & follow us on instagram or Facebook for more recipes & nutrition tips.
Wendy

GreenWithClearBackground

Wendy Middleton
0403 861 117
Nutritionist
Adv Dip Nut Med, ATMS 50532

Seed Snaps

A tasty gluten free alternative to bread & crackers

Ingredients

1 cup (140g) linseeds (flaxseeds)
1/2 cup (100g) chia seeds
1/2 cup (70g) sunflower seeds
1/4 cup (40g) pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup (40g) sesame seeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Variations: Add any favourite spice/herb to the mix e.g. turmeric, paprika, rosemary.

Directions

 

Combine linseeds with 1 1/2 cups of water in a bowl & rest for 30 minutes.

Place remaining seeds in a bowl with salt & mix. Add linseed gel & coconut oil & mix well.

Line a 25 x 38 cm baking tray with baking paper & spread seed mix evenly. Set aside for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 160C. Bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven & carefully turn the whole seed snap over. Score into bite sized pieces making it easier to break apart when cooked.

Return to the oven for a further 40 minutes or until crisp. Allow to cool then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.