If you love entertaining, having people over is always a fun way to spend a weekend. 

Hosting can come with its own little stresses though. We all know that it’s not much fun being stuck in the kitchen doing food prep when all you want to do is relax and enjoy time with your guests. Entertaining should be entertaining for you too! 

So how can you host a stress-free get together that will see you doing less prepping and more mingling? It’s easier than you think…

Make entertaining easy with these great ideas

Plan ahead

Hosting a braai? Having friends and family over for the next big game?

Think about what kind of snacks and appetisers will really wow your guests. Choose snacks that are quick to prepare and not too complicated. Plan exactly what you want to serve, decide how you want to present it, and shop for all your essentials ahead of time.

You’ll then have everything on hand at home and you’ll avoid that last minute dash to the shops.

Prep the day before

Marinades, sauces, dressings and dips can all be made or decanted into bowls the night before. Wash, peel and chop any fresh fruit or veggies into easy-to-grab pieces and store them in sealable bags. Have all your boards, bowls, knives, utensils and cutlery ready and laid out.

Then all you’ll need to do is assemble everything just before people arrive.

Easy peasy. 

Offer healthy snacks

Chip and dip is always a winner, but you can really take hosting up a level if you offer your guests more than they expect. Healthy snacks like the ones below can also help them feel full for longer, which is great if the braai still has a way to go. 

Here are a few healthy snack ideas:
  • Biltong slices
  • Droewors
  • Homemade meatballs
  • Cocktail sausages
  • Cold meats
  • Mango strips
  • Dried pears
  • Turkish apricots
  • Dried fruit rolls
  • Dried peaches
  • Dried figs
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Veggie sticks
  • Olives
  • Cashews
  • Mixed nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pretzels
  • Assorted cheeses

Looking for interesting ideas to inspire your next snack spread?

You don’t need to order a fancy snack platter for your next get together - with the right snacks on hand, you can create an amazing one yourself.

Whether it’s just a simple platter, an inspired charcuterie board, or just a selection of snacks scattered across the table, you can whet everyone’s appetite with some delicious nibbles. 
  • Veggie strips and assorted dips
  • Crackers, cheeses, pickles and preserves
  • Fruit platter with seasonal fruit sosaties
  • Savoury breads, pretzels and cheese straws with spreads, dips and oils
  • Roasted and salted mixed nuts and dried fruit
  • Meaty grazing board with biltong, droewors and cold meats

Try some of these great snacking recipes from our Recipe Archive:
Baked Brie with walnuts and glazed cranberries
Biltong and Brie bruschetta
Biltong dip with mini cheese twists
Sesame seed cheese straws
Savoury granola (makes a great salad topping) 
Sweet and spicy grilled pineapple
Peanut butter braaibroodjies
Almond, olive oil and fig bread (makes a great starter)

The entertainer’s best-kept secret!

Check out our online store or a Montagu Branded Store near you for fuss-free snack options your guests will love. Discover a delicious selection of premium quality snacks, nuts, dried fruit, snack boxes and more that will make your next event super simple - and healthy too!
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