Entertaining from home always seems like a great idea in theory, but as the day draws closer, the little tasks start adding up and you find yourself Googling "how to throw a party". Don't panic! We've turned to an expert, French chef and My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel, who says that no matter how big or small your party, if you keep to these five easy rules, you're guaranteed to keep your guests smiling.
1. Keep it simple
You don’t have to be complicated to make great food. Put out a couple of good-quality dips for guests to graze on as they arrive. For the main course, a few vegetables with fish and some olive oil on top is all you need.
2. Make dishes in advance
When your friends are over, you don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen, you want to be at the party with them! So choose a menu where you can make all or most things ahead of time.
3. Make sure you have plenty of food
Don’t be stingy. And when you invite your mates, let them know there will be plenty of food, so they come hungry.
4. Be inventive (but don’t overdo it)
Don’t be afraid to be creative, but keep to flavours you know will work well. For example, beetroot and beef are a classic combination, so try pairing beetroot hummus with barbecued beef fillet instead of a sauce.
5. Ensure you always have some cold white wine
I love the Australian culture where you have a big bath full of booze and everyone brings their own beers, but don’t forget to make sure you have a bottle of wine in the fridge ready to go.
Manu Feildel is an ambassador of Obela dips