Dining in is the new dining out, so check out these 5 ways to entertain in your own home with a little behind-the-scenes help from professional caterers, Connexions Cuisine

1 A formal dinner party
A sit-down dinner is a wonderful way to entertain in your own home, and hiring a private caterer takes all the stress out of the event. With Connexions Cuisine, the menu selection is a collaborative process, and once that’s completed, you can sit back and enjoy the party because the only thing you have to do is have a wonderful time! All the equipment, staff, food and drinks are provided.

Impress your guests with a minimal-effort formal dinner party

2 A canapé party
If you don’t have the space or don’t want a formal sit down dinner party, a canapé party is the perfect solution to entertaining in your own home. Discreet staff will ensure all your guests are supplied with the most delicious and beautifully presented bite-sized canapés, ranging from mini Yorkshire puddings with rare roast fillet of beef and horseradish creme to sweet potato muffins with brie and a red onion marmalade – guests can expect to receive 8-10 bites per person, so no one will leave without trying the entire menu, and dessert canapés to complete the evening are a must!

Canape parties offer bite-size fun

3 A vintage afternoon tea
What better way to enjoy a summer afternoon with family and friends than hosting an afternoon tea? High tea at The Ritz is high up on many-a tourist’s agenda when visiting London, so bring a little of that traditional charm to your front room. After all, who doesn’t enjoy delicate finger sandwiches, delicious homemade cakes and sumptuous scones with heaps of clotted cream? Put a vintage spin on things for the Downton Abbey affect, bolstered with the addition of champagne and some fresh strawberries and cream.

A vintage afternoon tea is a real crowd-pleaser

4 A summer barbecue or buffet
Say no to burnt sausages and mornings spent trying to craft the perfect homemade burgers. From an array of mouth watering salads, artisan breads and exquisite cheeses to a barbecue brimming with beautifully marinaded meats, ribs or even a full hog roast, a professionally catered garden party is the perfect way to utilise your outside space to entertain your guests during the summer.

Make the most of summer with a professionally catered BBQ or garden party

5 A street food party
For a more relaxed and informal gathering, why not choose a specific theme and have a few dishes for your guests to try? From Mexican street food to a Thai or Indian bowl-food party, the options are endless! Or think Tom Kerridge and base a menu around a particular chef. To really impress your guests, a solid ice-food bar can be used for a sumptuous seafood buffet or a fun way to serve ice cream!

A themed street food or bowl party is a novel way to involve your guests

With over 25 years experience, the team at Connexions Cuisine can cater to each and every situation no matter how large or intimate. For further information, see or call 020 8658 5008 to discuss your requirements in further detail

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