Australia Day Celebrations

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Australian Flag Party

Australia Day is a chance for Aussies to reflect on what it means to be an Australian and to celebrate living in such a beautiful country. 

Held in summer, barbeques and picnics are the popular way to celebrate this national holiday so we’ve put together a list of décor, entertainment and food ideas to make hosting this year’s Australia Day a breeze. 

 

DECORE

The obvious choice is of course the use of the Australian flag, but you can also throw in touches of gold with your partyware for a sophisticated way to celebrate our nation while still incorporating the national colours. Check out our Australia Day range for inspiration.

  

Enertainment 

Most Australians will flock to the beach, rivers or a pool on Australia Day. But if you want to incorporate some games into the day as well, why not try some of these ideas:

  • Thong throwing competition
  • Cricket
  • Tug-o-war
  • A to Z of Aussie items – who is the fastest person to name an Aussie item for each letter of the alphabet?

 

 Food 

Choose from either a traditional barbeque or a picnic if you’re in the mood for a portable lazy lunch in the shade of a tree.

 Australia Day BBQ Menu

  •  Garlic Prawns - Nagi over at Recipetin Eats has THE best recipe.
  • Lamb Burgers - purchase quality lamb patties from your local butcher or supermarket.
  • Chicken Skewers with yellow capsicum & green zucchini.
  • Corn on the Cob.
  • Bag of salad - any green salad from the supermarket will do.
  • Lamingtons - your local bakery or supermarket is sure to have plenty.
  • Pavlova - pick a shell up from your local supermarket and top with cream and fresh fruit. If you want to stick with the green and gold theme, choose kiwi fruit & mango.

 

chicken skewers Australia Day party food ideas

DID YOU KNOW? Green and gold are the national colours of Australia. Popular as our nations sporting colours since the late 1800s, green and gold were established in 1984 by the Governor-General of Australia as the national colours of Australia. 

BBQ corn on the cob Australia Day party food ideas

 

Australia Day Picnic Menu

  • Cooked prawns served with a cocktail sauce - Nagi at Recipetin Eats has 5 different sauces to choose from.
  • Pressed Picnic Sandwiches.
  • Green & Gold Damper. 
  • Potato Salad.
  • Lamingtons - your local bakery or supermarket is sure to have plenty.
  • "Smashed" Pavlova jars - crumble up shop bought pavlova shell into mason jars and top with fresh cream and fruit.

 Australia Day Picnic Party food ideas

 

Chicken Skewers

Marinate chicken thigh fillets using a bottle of your choice of marinade. Thread onto skewers alternating with slices of yellow capsicum, zucchini and onion. Grill on BBQ until cooked through.

 

Corn on the Cob

Clean the corn of the scrappy outer leaves and chop off the hairy tops. Soak the corn, still in the husk, in salted water until ready to cook.

When placing on the BBQ, shake off the excess water and place on the outer edges of the grill while you cook the other food. This will steam the corn in it's husk. When done cooking the other food, move the corn directly over the heat source. This will roast the corn a bit, charring the husk and giving the corn that lovely, sweet caramelized flavour. Serve with lime, salt and butter.

 

Pressed Picnic Sandwiches - makes 1 loaf

Slice 1 large loaf of ciabetta bread lengthwise. Spread 3-4 tablespoons of pesto over the bottom piece of bread. Top the pesto with 110g Sopressata Salami, then 3-4 slices of prosciutto, 3-5 slices of Provolone cheese, 2-4 slices of Mozzarella cheese and top with 6-8 basil leaves. Then place the top of the bread on the sandwich and press down with your hands before wrapping tightly in plastic wrap. 

Put the sandwich into the fridge and top with a heavy object like a weighted saucepan. Leave for 3-4 hours, ideally overnight. When you are ready to eat, unwrap and use a sharp knife to cut the sandwich into 9-12 small sandwiches.

 

Green & Gold Damper

Heat oven to 200c/180c fan forced. Put 3 cups self-raising flour and 100g cubed, chilled butter into a large bowl and use your fingertips to rub together until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Use a butter knife to stir in 100g grated feta, 200g grated cheddar cheese and 100g frozen spinach (thawed with excess water removed and finely chopped). Add 2/3 cup milk and 1 lightly beaten egg and stir until combined. Using your hands, bring the dough togeher into a ball and give it a very quick knead (a minute or so). 

Spray a non-stick baking tray with cooking spray and scatter over a little flour. Put the dough on the tray and shape into a 23cm wide disc. Use a sharp knife to mark out 8 wedges (don't cut all the way through). Bake for 35-40 minutes until the damper is golden brown. Leave to cool slightly before serving or cool completely and wrap in foil and cling wrap until required. 

 

Potato Salad

Boil 1kg of waxy potatoes (I use Creme Gold from Coles) in a large pot of salted water. Once cooked through, drain in a colander and let cool slightly before tipping into a bowl and stirring through 1/3 cup quality mayonnaise (I use Hellmans), 1/3 cup greek yoghurt (you could substitute with sour cream) and freshly chopped mint. Season to taste.

 


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