I don't know about you, but as a regular home cook and baker, I create a lot of dirty dishes! I am so thankful to have a dishwasher, which really makes the clean up process so much easier. Finish have recently released a new advert which cleverly points out that life causes a lot of dirty dishes! Have a watch below...
One of my favourite dirty dish creating activities to do is to host a dinner party. I love planning the menu, setting the table and most of all enjoying great food and great company. Here's what my ultimate dinner party would include...
I have to admit, I am not much of a music connoisseur. I like to play music from the 40s like Judy Garland at an afternoon tea party, or you can't beat a more modern crooner like Michael Buble for an evening meal. Anything easy listening that you can play in the background to create a nice relaxed atmosphere is fine with me, and I'm always happy to take recommendations!
Deciding who to invite to my ultimate dinner party was a tough one. I definitely wanted my boyfriend to be one of the guests. Not to get too soppy on you all, but I love his company and it wouldn't be a great night without him.
Next on my list was Ellen DeGeneres. I just love her! I watch her show whenever I can on YouTube, and clips on Facebook. She's hilarious and such a nice, kind person. She is always doing wonderful things to help others, and I know she would have everyone at the dinner party laughing with her jokes and quick wit. She also has a great ability to get the truth out of people without ruffling any feathers.
I've been a huge fan of Joss Whedon and his work since Buffy was first shown on TV. I would love to meet him and I bet his has so many interesting stories to tell!
Taylor Swift, because she seems like so much fun, quirky and down to earth. She is the kind of girl I would imagine every girl wants to be best friends with. She's so nice and treats her fans really well, so I have a lot of respect for her.
Mary Berry, because I love her! Plus just think of all the baking tips and ideas she is full of. I would never get tired of talking to her. I just hope she likes my food!
Firstly, when deciding on the menu for a dinner party you have to check the dietary requirements and general food likes and dislikes of your guests. My boyfriend is a vegetarian, Ellen is a vegan, and I've heard some talk that Joss may be a vegetarian or vegan too. So I'm covering all bases.
For my starter I would go for home made dips; hummus, gucamole, babaghanoush, spinach & white bean, and blue cheese. With a variety of vegetable crudites and breads for dipping. Not only would this suit all the diets, but it would get everyone talking and interacting at the start of the meal.
Main course for the meat eaters would be lasagne, with some fresh salad or roasted vegetables. And for the vegetarians and vegans I found this awesome recipe for Vegan Mac & No Cheese. I'd also add some vegetables to the mix to make it a bit more interesting than just pasta and make it into a sort of vegan lasagne. I love hearty Italian food and it's great for large meals.
For dessert I would serve a Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Berries. It would be easy to make a vegan version of this by using tofu or coconut cream.
To help you clean up after your next dinner party, Finish have given me a bundle of their products to giveaway to one lucky reader!
The prize includes:
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- 1x Rinse Aid Lemon 400ml
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