Posh Nosh for a Pool Party

How to give your guests a gastronomical treat without slaving in the kitchen

Issue: May 2015

Don't sweat over designing a menu for your pool party because there are so many F&B outlets that can deliver posh nosh to please your guests
Don’t sweat over designing a menu for your pool party because there are so many F&B outlets that can deliver posh nosh to please your guests

When the sun is high and there is not a cloud in the sky, the weather is perfect for gathering round the pool with your friends for a splashing good time. Every party needs a constant flow of good eats to succeed though. Luckily, with so many great F&B outlets that deliver right to your doorstep, you won’t have to sweat over your party menu. Inside tells you what are the must-haves and where you can find them.

Fuss-free Fiesta

The last thing you want to do at a pool party is struggle with sloppy, slippery food. Finger foods – anything bite-size that you can easily pop into your mouth at one go – is what you want.

1. What to serve: Sandwiches

There are sandwiches and then there are designer sandwiches. Think fluffy, buttery mini croissants stuffed with an array of gourmet fillings: tender rosemary chicken, creamy tuna salad and smoky grilled vegetables.

Canapes and vol-au-vents are variations of the sandwich that also make ideal finger foods
Canapes and vol-au-vents are variations of the sandwich that also make ideal finger foods
Photo credit: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Canapes (typically small, bite-sized finger food) can class up your soiree especially crackers or pastries topped with swirls of cheese mousse, smoked salmon or grapes. A variation of the canapé is the vol-au-vent or canapes with a round puff pastry base. The ones at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are topped with tuna mayo and egg mayo.

Who delivers:

  • Cedele has 12-piece boxes of mini croissants at S$48.
  • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Deluxe Canape Sample serves up 20 open-faced sandwiches at S$36.

2. What to serve: Savouries

For canapés with a twist, try tartlets. Pick from tiny tarts filled with curry chicken, tropical almond chicken, honey Dijon chicken, tuna salad, grilled vegetables or egg cheddar cheese.

Quiches can be an innovative spin to savoury snacks for your party
Quiches can be an innovative spin to savoury snacks for your party
Photo credit: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Another alternative are quiches which are savoury pies. You can have mini ones with bacon and turkey ham to add to your poolside spread.

Who delivers:

  • Cedele lets you have 42 of their tasty tartlets in three flavours for S$78 a box.
  • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s mini quiches come in a box of 20 for S$39

3. What to serve: Pastries

Petits fours will satisfy the sweet tooth of your swim buddies
Petits fours will satisfy the sweet tooth of your swim buddies
Photo credit: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

The French call them petits fours (tiny confectioneries and appetizers). Though they can be savoury as well, the sweet petits fours are more popular. Choices include macarons in raspberry, lemon cream, chocolate and praline flavours; coffee eclairs, brownies, praline puffs, fruit tartlets and white chocolate raspberry puffs.

Avoid serving mousse cakes and cheesecakes because these do not fare well in the heat.

Who delivers:

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Mad About Macarons and Sweet Pickings party packs go for S$36 for a box of 20 each.

Build Up with body-boosters

If your idea of a pool party is action-packed with lots of swimming and pool games, you need to keep the energy level of your guests high. Think carbs and protein-laden foods.

1. What to serve: Carbs

Load up on carbs with the Aki Sushi Platter (left) and the Fuyu Platter (right) so your guests will have plenty of energy to party away
Load up on carbs with the Aki Sushi Platter (left) and the Fuyu Platter (right) so your guests will have plenty of energy to party away
Photo credit: Sakae Sushi

Carbs have somewhat of a bad reputation but they are actually Nature’s fuel. The carbs we eat get broken down into sugars to fuel the body. One great source of carbs is sushi. They are easy to eat, yummy and healthy to boot!

Who delivers:

Sakae Sushi offers different Party Sets (S$43.99 – S$72.99) you can select.

2. What to serve: Proteins

Proteins do not come any yummier than crispy, flavourful chicken done Taiwan-style that Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken is famous for
Proteins do not come any yummier than crispy, flavourful chicken done Taiwan-style that Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken is famous for
Photo credit: Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken

Proteins are the body's primary building blocks for muscle, bone, skin, hair and many other tissues. In fact, after you factor out water, 75% of body weight is protein. Chicken is probably the most universally-liked protein. Since it is a party, indulge a little and serve up some finger-linkin’ fried chicken. Your guests will thank you for it!

Who delivers:

Drumlets, wings and chicken bites - you can get them all at Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken which specialises in over-sized crispy Taiwanese fried chicken (minimum of S$100 for delivery).

Eat Cool, Stay Cool

To help your guests stay cool, serve them food that will keep them cool.

1. What to serve: Salads

Refreshing, healthy salads are a great way to keep your cool by the pool
Refreshing, healthy salads are a great way to keep your cool by the pool
Photo credit: Salad Stop!

Refreshing greens are not just healthy, because they are usually eaten cold, they can help to bring down your core temperature.

Who delivers:

SaladStop! (S$28 – S$36.50) has nearly 17 different salad trays you can order for delivery. Each serves up to four people.

2. What to serve: Ice-cream

Who can resist an ice-cream cone on a hot day? Marble Slab Creamery even supplies a server so you won't have to scoop your own ice-cream
Who can resist an ice-cream cone on a hot day? Marble Slab Creamery even supplies a server so you won’t have to scoop your own ice-cream
Photo credit: Marble Slab Creamery

No one will say no to ice-cream, so offer this sweet temptation at your next poolside bash.

Who delivers:

Marble Slab Creamery not only delivers the ice-cream to your home, it sends a server to scoop it out for your guests as well. For S$500, you get four pans of ice-cream in two flavours (which serves 120 scoops) along with cups and napkins. For S$100 more, one crew member will be on hand to serve your guests.

Stay Hyper Hydrated

Being out in the sun, your guests are likely to get very thirsty. On average, we lose 47% of fluids or about 1.25 litres of water through our skin every day. On a hot day, we lose a lot more. So, make sure there are lots of beverages available.

1. What to serve:

Using juice cubes instead of ice cubes in your punch will help keep the drink cold without diluting it
Using juice cubes instead of ice cubes in your punch will help keep the drink cold without diluting it

Stay away from alcohol and overly sweetened drinks. Alcohol dehydrates and not enough can be said about swimming while intoxicated. Overly sweet drinks make you thirstier.

Making your own drinks is the better bet. You can do this well in advance of your party so that on the big day, you are free to mingle with your guests. Try your own homemade Fruity Punch.

How to make it:
Ingredients:
Ingredients:
1.5 litre orange juice
1.5 litre pineapple juice
1.5 litre cranberry juice
1 litre ginger ale or soda water
1 pineapple cut into small cubes and crushed
5 oranges cut into small pieces

Method:
Freeze the fruit pieces
Take 500 ml of the orange juice, pineapple juice and cranberry juice and pour them into ice-cube trays and freeze
Mix the rest of the juices with the ginger ale or soda water
Add the frozen fruits and juice cubes (using juice cubes instead of ice cubes will keep the punch cold without diluting it)
Serve in large punch bowl

When such a dazzling variety of delectable party bites are just a phone call or click away, getting a pool party up and running is a cinch. What are you waiting for? Dive in and gather your mates by the poolside now!

Dine with us:

Cedele Bakery
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-01
Raffles City
Singapore 179103
Tel: (65) 6334 4828
www.cedelegroup.com
Cedele All-Day Dining Restaurant
252 North Bridge Road
#03-28A
Raffles City
Singapore 179103
Tel: (65) 6337 8017
www.cedelegroup.com
Cedele Bakery Kitchen
1 Vista Exchange Green
The Star Vista
#01-19
Singapore 138617
Tel: (65) 6734 0763
www.cedelegroup.com
Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#B4-70
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6634 2254
www.hotstar.com.sg
Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken
311 New Upper Changi Road
Bedok Mall
#B2-K13
Singapore 467360
Tel: (65) 6702 4181
www.hotstar.com.sg
Marble Slab Creamery
201 Victoria Street
Bugis+
#05-02
Singapore 188067
Tel: (65) 6238 0721
www.marbleslab.com.sg
Marble Slab Creamery
9 Bishan Place
Junction 8
#02-52
Singapore 579837
Tel: (65) 6258 5628
www.marbleslab.com.sg
Sakae Sushi
9 Bishan Place
Junction 8
#B1-20
Singapore 579837
Tel: (65) 6734 8552
www.sakaesushi.com.sg
SaladStop!
168 Robinson Road
Capital Tower
#01-05
Singapore 068912
Tel: (65) 6820 7668
www.saladstop.com.sg
SaladStop!
1 George Street
#01-01
Singapore 049145
Tel: (65) 6720 0378
www.saladstop.com.sg
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
168 Robinson Road
Capital Tower
#01-05
Singapore 068912
Tel: (65) 6820 7668
www.coffeebean.com.sg
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
201 Victoria Street
Bugis+
#01-06
Singapore 188067
Tel: (65) 6884 6058
www.coffeebean.com.sg
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
9 Bishan Place
Junction 8
#01-34
Singapore 579837
Tel: (65) 6259 3025
www.coffeebean.com.sg
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