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Tips from the Experts

We’ve asked some of Australia’s most well-known bakers and chefs for their tips on how to host the perfect Bake A Wish event. For more inspiration, get in touch with our friendly fundraising team at fundraising@makeawish.org.au  

"Don’t over complicate it; choose 5-6 dishes with a variety of savoury and sweet" - Chyka Keebaugh.

"Who doesn’t love flowers? We visit the flower mart every week to outfit my restaurants, Maude and Gwen, with gorgeous bouquets to create ambience. I love to see a bunch of peonies but choose your favorites!" - Curtis Stone

"Pick out a playlist to reflect the mood you want to set. Classic crooners and jazz standards are terrific musical choices to accompany afternoon tea." - Curtis Stone

"Plan your menu ahead – think of using seasonal produce that are abundant during the time of your party" - Gette Eliso, Head Pastry Chef at the Windsor

"Write a balanced menu of sweet and savoury items and ask your guests to advise you of any dietary requirements they may need so you can get it all ready in time" - Darren Purchase

"Plan your prep jobs ahead of time, some items can be made early so that you get sufficient time to enjoy the event rather than trying to make everything on the day" - Darren Purchase

"Sandwiches and scones are best made on the day so they are fresh. Savoury muffins and sausage rolls can be premade, frozen and simply defrosted and heated in the oven to minimise the cooking on the day" - Julie Goodwin

"Dress the table - Only the finest linen will do for this event. Bring out your starched, crisp Belgian lace tablecloth and matching serviettes." - Dominique Rizzo

"Keep to a colour tone; for example if having a rose theme then offer rose flavour and coloured food and match it back with you serviettes and tea cups. Choose one theme and stick to it!" - Chyka Keebaugh

"Start polishing the silver ware now.  This afternoon tea calls for your best silver cutlery, your finest sets of cake knives, forks and spoons.  Dust off the bone china tea set, preferably Wedgewood or Royal George, and set the table with the delicate tea cups, saucers and plates" - Dominique Rizzo

"Loose-leaf tea served in your bone china teapots is the only choice here. Offer a selection of black, white and green teas and keep refreshing those teapots as your guests chat and savour your delectable spread of food." - Dominique Rizzo

"A glass of bubbles never goes astray" - Julie Goodwin