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Off Carte Shares Tips For Faking A Fancy Dinner Party

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 1 month ago | Features

Now that we can officially entertain again, many of us have started thinking about our next dinner party. But, since so many people became expert bakers and pasta makers in isolation, this can seem like a daunting prospect.

Enter Off Carte – a recipe exchange community on Instagram, founded by Joel Mevissen of Westmont Pickles and our very own Rosie Dalton.

Their goal is to make great food approachable and accessible, through their Recipe Exchange newsletter and open-sourced kitchen tips.

This week, Off Carte shares with WMC a few simple hacks for ‘faking it’ by making your dinner party seem fancier than it actually is. See you Saturday?


1) Fancy tableware


One of the simplest ways to make a dinner party seem fancy is through great tableware. Think linen tablecloths or hand-embroidered napkins, fancy cutlery or beautiful glassware. Some of our favourites for these kinds of table decorations are In Bed and Maison Balzac.



2) One fancy ingredient


Sometimes all it takes is one fancy ingredient to make your dinner party feel memorable. The simplest of pizza or pasta dishes can be dressed up with truffles, burrata, or grated bottarga, for example. And a ‘first course’ can easily be swapped out for a loaf of Brickfield’s bread, some Ortiz anchovies and Pepe Saya butter.



3) A bottle of something fancy


Our last resort for making a dinner party feel fancy is a bottle of something special. This could be a French champagne or a rare bottle of natural wine. Usually P&V in Newtown, Oak Barrel in the city, or Drnks’ online ordering systems have got us covered.


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