Jo Pratt's Guide to Hosting a Very Impromptu Party
PUBLISHED: 01:16 18 September 2011 | UPDATED: 22:02 21 February 2013
With the weather being largely unpredictable and a relaxed atmosphere cited by many as an important factor for a successful alfresco party, many of us avoid hosting outdoor events, put off by the planning and effort required...
Jo Pratts Guide to Hosting a Very Impromptu Party
With the weather being largely unpredictable and a relaxed atmosphere cited by many as an important factor for a successful alfresco party, many of us avoid hosting outdoor events, put off by the planning and effort required. But, Freixenet believes we Brits need to adopt some of our Mediterranean cousins habits, be more spontaneous and learn how to take advantage of those sunny days to throw a fabulous outdoor party, without weeks of advance preparation.
A recent survey by Freixenet has shown that while almost two-thirds of Brits have said they are planning to attend an outdoor event this summer (63%), less than half (40%) intend to host one, suggesting that many are put off by the perceived effort required in pulling off the perfect outdoor party.
In this video, celebrity chef Jo Pratt who has created some exclusive recipes for Freixenet and has hosted the Freixenet Alfresco Very Impromptu Party gives her top tips for an alfresco garden party, whatever the weather and without months and months of preparation.
Sparkling Strawberries, makes 8
Strawberries and fizz are a great combination simple, fun and elegant
700g Punnet of strawberries
Icing sugar for dusting
500ml Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut
- Remove the tops of the strawberries and cut large ones into halves or quarters
- Place in a bowl
- Dust with icing sugar the amount you used depends on the sweetness of the strawberries
- Coat the strawberries fully and stir
- Spoon into glasses or dishes
- Fill glasses/dishes until two thirds full
- Then the fun bit top up with some chilled Freixenet
- Serve and enjoy!