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A 65th birthday dinner party using
Avril’s personal chef service.

Many people book Beach House for a special event such as a birthday party or anniversary party. My parents-in-law, Peter and Linda Swallowe, chose to celebrate their joint 65th birthday at Beach House.  They invited their closest friends to the house for a few days away enjoying Norfolk. The day the guests arrived they cooked a casual meal at the house and caught up with each other long into the night!  The next day was spent steeped in the nostalgia of bygone train journeys on the North Norfolk railway. That same night, personal chef, Avril, from Chef2Dine4 catered a special dinner party. Peter and Linda have kindly allowed photos of their dinner party to be used here for you to get ideas for your own dinner party.

As a surprise, when Peter and Linda arrived at the house, we had arranged for two very large silver balloons – a ‘6’ and a ‘5’ to be hovering over the kitchen table. With a few days notice we can provide something similar for a surprise arrival if you request it.

For the table layout, we provide restaurant standard white linen table cloths, matching linen napkins and white porcelain china, enough cutlery, red wine glasses, white wine glasses, sherry/port glasses and water tumblers. Linda brought the plants for the table with her, but again, we are happy to help you if you need it. There are three silver candle holders if you wish to have candles on the table. The table can easily seat 14 people with plenty of room for a waitress to serve and the chef to do her thing too!

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Avril at Chef2Dine4 gets booked up months and months in advance, especially for Saturday nights. If you think you might like her to cater your party we cannot stress how important it is to book as far in advance as you can. This is how she works. Your guests browse her menus which are on line at, they select their choices and you submit them to her a few days before the event. At our party we realised that she cooked six different main courses, eight different starters and 5 different deserts. We have no idea how she managed to be that organised and skilled but the food was absolutely delicious and her efficiency was staggering! We cannot recommend her highly enough. She has previously catered at the house for other guests and they have all agreed with us. Avril will cater for a small party of six to much larger events.

Avril arrived at Beach House at 6pm. Linda had set the table herself (because she loves to do it, but Avril says she would be happy to set the table if required). Avril made herself busy in the kitchen whilst Peter, Linda and their guests had pre dinner drinks and canapés in the sitting room, keeping away from all the action in the kitchen. Dinner was exactly on time at 7.30pm. The main course was served fairly promptly after the starter, no long delay whilst six main courses were being prepared!

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Peter and Linda stayed from Tuesday lunchtime to Thursday afternoon. Their dinner party was on Wednesday night. By all accounts it was a birthday to remember and a few days away with their nearest and dearest.

Of course this is just one idea, not everyone wants a formal dinner party. You may prefer to have a big BBQ in the garden. We have a BBQ deck with two BBQs (traditional charcoal, not gas) and Chef2dine4 or Byfords of Holt can provide all the BBQ meats and salads and cook for you if you would like. Our BBQ deck is lit with fiesta lighting for the evening and there is plenty of outside seating for your guests.


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