Up your hosting game with these insta-worthy platters
Today it’s all about making statement platters that are as Instagrammable as they are drool-worthy.
Whether it’s a cheese and wine catch-up, games night, or as an entrée to a delicious meal, here are our top tips on how to add that wow-factor to your next platter.
Get your base right
First and most importantly, you’ll need somewhere to assemble your masterpiece. Check out Kmart or Urban Gifts to select the perfect platter or grazing board. It can be easy to go over the top, so make sure you get a base that’s right for the number of people you’re serving. Create layers and dimension with small bowls and ramekins from Harris Scarfe or House, perfect for dips and anything that won’t stay stable on its own. Don’t forget to grab some servingware from Swish Homewares to keep bare fingers away.
Image via Urban Gifts
Make meal times more fun
Get on board with the latest trend taking over the internet and turn your next meal into a fun DIY activity. There are plenty of awesome ideas for breakfast, dinner and dessert platters on Instagram - the hardest part will be choosing just one to try. We're particularly loving the colourful taco boards and festive pavlova platters. You can pick up quality ingredients from our trusty locals like Springfield Butchers, Adams Apple, Cheese Co. and Coles.
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Simple never fails
The key to a great platter is making sure it not only looks good, but tastes amazing. When in doubt, keep it simple. Cold antipasto meats from Cheese Co. can be instantly transformed just by folding each slice. If you know your guests would prefer water crackers over nut crackers, arrange them in a domino effect across the board. Create a central view point, like a wheel of cheese or a bowl of dip, and simply build it up from there.
Image via @thatcheeseplate
As the saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Rather than reinventing the (cheese) wheel, there are some simple swaps you can do at home that will up your platter game instantly. Right now, we're obsessing over baked bries and flower-crusted cheeses.
Pro tip: Try stuffing a spring of rosemary from Adams Apple into that baked brie or drizzle some fresh strawberries and gooey Australian honey over the top.
Image via Kris Lloyd Artisan (available at Cheese Co.)
Platters are a great way to experiment with colours and textures. Cookie cutters from Kmart and a melon baller from House will add some different shapes to your board and mix up traditional sliced fruit. Experiment with patterns, like fanning strawberries or carving kiwi fruit into flowers for a simple twist on a classic.
Image via @sonny_loves_charlie