With a little extra effort it could be a really fun night, no matter what the outcome. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Ask everyone to dress up, it might be a past or present politician, reporter, or other election personality, use imagination and humour, cryptic would be good too. Have a prize for the best male and female. One on-line costume company suggested wigs would be easy, such as redheads (Julia) , beehives (Bronwyn), and another option of budgie smugglers or bike gear for ‘you know who’, I’m struggling with Kev though. Get thinking.
- Australian Political Trivia, ” Who Said That” matching some famous or infamous quotes or classic phrases to various politicians. Keep it light and funny.
- Colour theme the night with a mix of the the various party colours – or just keep to one, yours!
- Perhaps get creative and make some bets about who will win what seat. Download a map of Australia with all the electorates marked (enlarge it at the Printers’) and ‘run a book’.
Keep it easy to eat and portable, everyone will be hovering around the TV’s – Think, mini burgers or the new sliders, goodies on sticks, yummy little pies, char-grilled prawns, steamed dumplings, fresh spring rolls.
Then some small plates, Roasted Salmon, Red curry with jasmin rice and raita, and oven roasted Risotto with your favourite flavours.
Finish off with a huge bowl of meringues, set out with lemon curd, strawberries, berry coulis, cream, and an almond praline. Everyone can create their own ve
Try and keep all the ‘plates’ and cutlery, disposable. There are some great stylish options available at specialist kitchenware stores such as
Start with a big platter of Pita Crisps with Guacamole, Olives and Parma Ham. Make the pita crisps a few days ahead and store in an airtight container.
Flash Roasted Prawns are always a winner. Peel the prawns the day before, and store, refrigerated, in an airtight container. Make the paste then too, and keep refrigerated. Assemble the prawns just before your guests arrive. Remember they only need about 5 minutes in the oven before serving.
Roast Atlantic Salmon with Caramel, Lime & Chilli. Portion the salmon the day before, and store refrigerated, in an airtight container, separate the layers with baking paper. It’s probably more economical to buy one side of salmon and cut to the size you need – small pieces are all you need. Also make the Asian Slaw the day before too. Slice all the vegetables and refrigerate, make the dressing and store separately. Toss the two together at serving time. if you don’t feel like making a Lime Aioli, just buy one.
Oven- roasted Risotto with Pumpkin & Thyme. Vary the vegetables and herbs, add cooked shredded chicken, seafood, chorizo or crisp prosciutto to complete the dish. This is one you can make ahead and reheat at serving time. I find the Microwave gives the best results for re-heating. Sprinkle the risotto with cold water and re-heat on Medium.