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How to host the perfect NYE Party

You’ve finally plucked up the courage to host your own New Years Eve party. You sent out the invitation on Facebook weeks ago, and all your friends have been talking about is how totally excited they are! You’ve been joining in on the enthusiastic banter of course, and ensuring everybody that you’ve got this whole thing under control. No, you don’t need to bring anything, just come along and enjoy the party.

When you woke up this morning, however, all notions of your calm, cool and collected self have flown out the door as it’s dawned on you that NEW YEARS EVE IS TONIGHT- and the only thing you’ve really planned for your party is trying to position yourself next to your spunky neighbour Dave during the countdown in the hopes of a sneaky kiss when the clock strikes 12.

If you’re starting to feel like your party, which you were sure was going to be the best party in the history of all parties, is slipping through your fingers, don’t panic. Simply read on for some super easy tips on how to resurrect your gig in just a few hours, leaving you plenty of time to doll yourself up for Dave!


  1. First of all, even if you’ve stipulated BYO on your invites, you should still have some communal drinks available for your guests. Especially if you want to keep people at your place until the big countdown! As it’s summer in Australia, some sort of beach themed drink is sure to be a hit, just like these Coconut Mango Mojitos. Minimum ingredients for maximum success! For the full recipe click here.
    Coconut Mango Mojito
  2. Another thing you should also have organised for your party are some sort of snacks. After all, food is always a good idea when the drinks are sure to be flowing. So, prepare some easy to handle finger food and your guests are sure to be raving about your party for many New Years’ to come!
    Continuing on the coconut theme, we’ve provided some quick and cheap recipes to help you out. For quality assurance, we’ve already taste tested these bad boys.Spicy Coconut Oil Treats
    Spicy Coconut Oil Treats– a twist on your regular coconut oil chocolate!Raw Coconut Bliss Balls
    Raw Coconut Bliss Balls– handy finger food that tastes great and is also packed full of nutritious goodness.

    NB: BOTH OF THESE RECIPES WILL MELT IN EXTREME HEAT. For a super cute display option, hollow out some real coconuts, fill with treats and put on ice!

  3. If you’ve convinced yourself that grown up parties only include standing around, talking about ‘serious grown up stuff’, then you’re really missing out on some fun times. You know how they say that when you’re a kid, all you want to do is be an adult, and when you grow up, all you want to do is be a kid again? The same applies to how you party- so crack out those corny games and get ready to have some laughs! Twister is an all time classic that will never go out of fashion, but you can also ‘adult up’ other favourites like Pass the Parcel and even Musical Chairs! And think about it this way- New Years is a time for new beginnings, so technically, if you embarrass yourself on New Years Eve, it won’t even count the next day, right?!Twister
  4. The last, and most important thing to remember when you’re hosting a party is to HAVE FUN. Nobody likes a micro managing party host, so when the guests start arriving, take your frazzled party planner hat off and replace it with your party hat! The beauty about having a gathering as a grown up is that everybody is old enough and ugly enough to look after themselves, so don’t go into meltdown mode if someone is momentarily standing by themselves or a drink gets knocked over. Think about it this way, frowning causes wrinkles- and the last thing you want Dave to see is you looking wrinkly and upset when you’re trying to line him up for that midnight smooch!So if you follow these few simple steps, you’ll be right on your way to a fantastic night and countless fist bumps and high fives  in the year to come from friends congratulating you on such a cracking night! Who knows, it might even encourage Dave to stick around until next New Years!

Have a great night guys, and we’ll see you in 2015!


Cooking with coconuts- finally gluten free tastes GOOD!

The time has come for the gluten free trend to have a major makeover. In fact, it’s already underway! Finally, you cantalk about following a gluten free diet without looks of bewilderment and distaste.


This breakthrough comes down to a few reasons. Firstly,the general public is starting to become educated on exactly what gluten is and what it can do to your body. Australian’s are becoming more aware of the symptoms of gluten intolerance and what drastic effects it can have. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly for those who have already been following a gluten free diet, the preconceived notions (actually not just a notion, but the truth) of anything gluten free tasting like cardboard is slowly diminishing. Gluten free items can actually taste fantastic nowadays, as well as being good for you! They’re becoming so tasty, even people who don’t have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity are changing over to gluten free alternatives in their cooking. Why, you may ask, has there been such a shift in flavours from foul to fantastic? Well, one of the reasons is down to another wonderful product from the coconut tree- coconut flour!

Coconut flour is produced from raw, de-fatted ground coconut meat, and is increasingly being used to replace regular flour in many delectable dishes. Coconut Culture’s Coconut Flour has a beautiful, subtly sweet flavour, which as an added bonus usually cuts out the need to use extra sugar or artificial sweeteners in a variety of recipes. Less sugar is always a plus! Another bonus of coconut flour is that is high in digestible fibre, which your digestive system will thank you for. However, because of coconut flour’s fibrous nature, it does soak up a lot of moisture in recipes, so if replacing a 1:1 ratio of regular, gluten based flour, you will usually need to use additional liquid. Alternatively, you can join us on Coconut Culture’s website,, for a range of gorgeous, readymade coconut flour recipes! From breakfast breads, to mouth watering mains, to delectable desserts, Coconut Culture’s Coconut Flour can make any dish a truly delightful experience for your taste buds- and banish those ideas of ordinary tasting gluten free food for good!
And speaking of the big ‘GF’, it’s interesting to note that us Australians are surprisingly very conscious of gluten intolerance in comparison to the rest of the Western world. We are the smart (gluten free) cookies who have cottoned on to the fact that approximately 50% of the population carries genetic markers associated with gluten sensitivity. Aussies have realised the myriad of symptoms associated with gluten intolerance like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, uncomfortable rashes which can lead to dermatitis, and the general feeling of heaviness and lack of energy. Because we’re a caring bunch at Coconut Culture, we decided to make the switch from gluten to gluten free an easy transaction for you by offering our delicious Coconut Flour to the world. So if you believe that gluten may be getting you down, why don’t you try a 30 day gluten free experiment? Start by replacing your regular flour with coconut flour, and even if you aren’t gluten sensitive, you won’t go back- it just tastes too good!

Nutty for coconut

Ladies, this is what you’ve been waiting for…

There’s a new stud in town ladies, and he’s sending people crazy…coo coo…and totally crackers! He’s an all round nice guy; one of those rare specimens that truly is the whole package. He’ssmooth as silk, sensual and smells amazing. He’s good for your body and your soul, and you can always count on him to make you feel
b-e-a-utiful. And boy oh boy, he is just so useful!

And never fear you graceful gals, he’s not afraid to share himself around either. In fact, he insists on it, and he encourages you to talk about him to all of your friends!

Are you curious yet? You better be listening carefully, because I’m just about to reveal this sensational superman’s name…

It is, of course, none other than Mr. Coconut Oil. You can call him Mr. Coco for short, although after he’s been around for a while you’ll probably have your own darling pet name for him. He tends to have that effect on people! Coco likes to think of himself as a jack-of-all-trades, and he is certainly not one to shy away from a tough situation. And if you think this all sounds too good to be true, read on for all of the juicy details of the reasons you’re sure to fall head over heels in love with this wholesome hunk…

Firstly, you know those areas on your body that you’re kind of self conscious about showing people? Perhaps a few wrinkles, an itchy patch of eczema, or maybe some horribly cracked feet? Well, Mr. Coco doesn’t judge, he will love you just the same. In fact, he insists on massaging himself into all of those wrinkles, cuts, bruises and any other body ailments you can think of. No place is too hard for him- the worse it is for you, the more exciting it is for him.

Secondly, Mr. Coco loves to make you feel really good about yourself. He gives you that natural energy- the kind you feel when you’re spending a day in the summer sun with all of your best friends. It is like being in that ‘honeymoon phase’- for life. All that he asks in return is that you keep giving him things to do!

Now for all of you mums out there, don’t worry about being left out! Mr. Coco loves kids. Especially babies. He loves them so much that he even wants to help you change their nappies! He gets a thrill over being able to fix your bubs diaper rash, and because he smells so delicious all the time, it makes change time a little less stinky too.

And another thing, I know it can be a bit of a sensitive topic, but the magnificent Mr. Coco can help you out with your weight management and weight loss (and let’s face it, we’re all going to need help in this department post Christmas/Silly Season). He has this unique ability to make youfeel like you’re less hungry, less often. You’ll never want to be an emotional eater again around this guy around!

As you’ve probably guessed by now, Mr. Coco very, very powerful indeed. And perhaps you are thinking that if he’s so good at all the tough, gritty jobs, he might be afraid to show his softer side.Well not Mr. Coco. He’s as metrosexual as the best of them. In fact, one of his favourite things to do is to help you do your hair and nails. He’ll give you a little head massage, and work those hands like they’ve never been worked before. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling like you’re a hand model working on a Pantene Ad!

Now, I could keep going on and on about all of the wonderful things you can do with Mr. Coco- but I think you get the picture. At the end of the day, he is just the kind of guy you want by your side. He’s caring but not clingy, sweet but not sticky and he’s the kind of hunk that makes you feel heavenly from your head to your heels. So go on ladies, pick up your jaws from the ground and go and get yourself some of that Mr. Coco. And remember, he loves nothing more than to be shared around between all of your friends, so don’t be greedy and share the love!

Sunburn Be Gone 27th Dec

Sunburn be gone with our friend the coconut

It’s summer time here in Australia. It’s that glorious time of year where families flock like seagulls to adventure parks and campsites and beach bums come out of hibernation for a few beautiful months. Where stubbies and singlet’s are the standard dress code for both day and night and the thong and sock tans are displayed proudly and shamelessly.

But inevitably, with this endless fun and blistering summer sun, no matter how much you slip, slop, slap- there is always one pesky sunburn that finds it way in to ruin a few of your blissful summer days. It may be that painful section on the top of your legs that gets scorched, or perhaps, even worse, that strip on the bottom of your stomach where shirt and shorts didn’t quite meet. Wherever it is, it hurts. It burns! It itches and it peels. And none of the above are fun things to go through when all you want to do is embrace the summer spirit. If you’re anything like a lot of Aussies out there, you’ll have the Aloe Vera plant on tap during these months, draining the juice out of those suckers like a vampire emptying it’s prey. However, the humble backyard greenery doesn’t always do the trick.

Coconut oil, on the other hand, is known for it’s smoothing and soothing properties- both of these GREAT for the flaming skin you’re now trying to strategically position in front of a fan. You see, coconut oil contains very important fatty components such as lauric and capric acid, which have been proven to decrease healing time as it promotes healthy skin growth. Its antibacterial properties are also great for
anti-inflammatory purposes, so you don’t feel like a giant lobster for quite so long. Apart from this, coconut oil also contains vitamin E, which is a well-known skin soother and moisteriser. If you slather it onto that nasty red skin, you will almost immediately feel a soothing sensation, kind of like that calm you feel when your hairdresser gives you a head massage. And the best thing about this natural remedy is, that when you’re skin has recovered from it’s tomatoey state, it’ll be feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom. You’ll look and feel so good you’ll want to go and strut your stuff out on the beach for all to see…just remember to cover EVERYTHING in sunscreen this time!