Ahhh love. With news that Richie and Gemma are now engaged, we thought we’d offer them a few fresh ideas for their upcoming engagement party.

We think the future McCaw couple’s party theme should be New Zealand wine, seafood, gourmet cheeses and classy finger food.

It’ll be the perfect excuse to get the McCaw and Flynn family and friends together to chat, play some sporty games like backyard rugby and hockey, eat some great food and have a couple of drinks.  Here is our suggested engagement party menu:

The food:

  • Cheese platter (cranberry and pepper gourmet cheese, blue cheese, herbed goat cheese, gouda, aged cheddar, camembert,  brie, dates, pecan nuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, dried mango)
  • Spanish omelette squares
  • Devilled eggs two-ways (with caviar and without)
  • Vegetable garden (carrots and green beans “planted” in garden vegetable dip)

  • Cocktail meatballs two-ways (tomato sauce and teriyaki)
  • Smoked salmon platter with capers, onions and sour cream

  • Caprese salad skewers (bocconcini, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil)
  • Feta, cherry tomato and mint skewers
  • Gourmet sandwiches (roast beef with pickles, prosciutto and provolone with asparagus, ham and swiss)
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Marinated olives
  • Prosciutto-wrapped hearts of palm
The drinks:
  • Cranberry-white wine punch
  • Central Otago Pinot Noir
  • Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
  • Champagne












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