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Stylish entertaining Tips from the Butler Academy

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Entertaining & Table Service


One of the most important tips to remember when entertaining guests would be the number of guests attending the dinner. It is much easier to plan with fever guests than with larger groups. The WOW effect is also much easier to achieve this way.  At the Butler Academy we pay attention to detail, focus on the grouping of guests; choose guests from different industries who can share interests at the table or perhaps make new friends.


Style your dinning room in luxury, set a beautiful table with seasonal arrangements. Choose a menu with a vegetarian option or inclusion of vegetables. Never over plan, keep it simple with 3 courses, perhaps include a palate cleanser and always pare wine with food!  Plan your evening the day before or in advance, stick to fresh ingredients and always ask for any food allergies before hand.

Tip: Use Crystal Glassware, Linen Table Napkins, Silver Cutlery, Under plates and individual salt and pepper sets for each guest.  Make sure all clean and no finger marks! 


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If you do not have any assistance in the kitchen then try to set a Buffet for the Main Course and “plate service” the starter. Try and set a Canapé tray before hand and a drinks trolley.  Always prepare the guest bathroom with fresh flowers, guest amenities and a simple toilet roll fold. Guests love to learn and you are the teacher!




Remember; Create an excellent atmosphere, enjoy the evening and above all ensure that the food is hot and delicious. 



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