Excerpt from “Downsize your home and regain your freedom’
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Its not just the preparation, menu, and serving food, that changes when you downsize, but making the drinks casual, low cost and easy.
Make pitchers, jugs and buckets of drinks. Lots of fruit, colour, flavour, leaves and ice.
Use plastic jugs, bright buckets and serve with a soup ladle or a large tea cup.
People like to see lots to drink when they arrive, not mean little thimble measurements where they sit waiting to be offered a few scant drops.
They also like to help themselves and, for some guests, passing the drinks bar/bucket can be a continual journey and their only reason for movement.
Get a theme. Theme around the food and drinks and music. Let them travel a bit. The further south of the equator the more forgiving and tatty it can all look. Who knows what Chilean cuisine is really all about? Except roasted Guinea pigs, exceptional Chilean Sea bass priced for Miami dinners, no one will know or dispute the menu.
Fun, fun, fun. You have downsized the property now upsize the fun.
Jugs filled with of lots of interesting stuff. Ice teas, sangria, punches, fruit drinks, iced flavoured coffee at
breakfast, iced Irish coffees. Its fun and no one studies the wine label.
Get out the espresso cups and make up some brandy/rum/whiskey coffee in advance.
Pop a teaspoonful of ice cream into cup and pour on the warm coffee. They will lick the insides.
Fresh cut mint on everything, as it hits the nose and sends out all the right messages.
Rose, orange and Geranium water is cheap form the arab shops and adds a scented touch to drinks.
If you do have to serve wine, decant it. Get to Argos or Debanhams and buy a glass red wine decanter or two. It improves the quality of your wine no end conceptually.
Save all old wine bottles and wash off the supermarket labels. Make your won wines labels labels, splash with tea and write out some drivel in french with a date or two. Do not put 18th century dates on your wine. Leave the bottle outside over night to gather dust.
Sake saves the day. Its reasonable and very few people know much about it. Buy a chinese presentation box from Pier 1 and fill it with coloured tissue paper. It’s a ceremony to open and is exciting.
Serve table waters out of glass bottles even an old olive oil bottle looks better than plastic.
Bowls of tooth picks with olives, grapes, raspberries, currants, dried fruits, lend a touch.
Its freedom and fun we all need, not grandmas lead crystal or plates with ‘names’ on the back.