A BFF Shopmium Dinner Party – WIN a £300 Supermarket Voucher

Do you know one thing I miss about the (not-so great) utopian suburban couple-based dream? DINNER PARTIES.

In my past life I loved a good dinner party. One year, as a 25th birthday treat to myself, all I wanted was for my friends to come round for supper and a day and a half to prepare a five-course feast for them: cooking for dinner parties is my jam. Give me a week of planning, a stack of recipe books, a big grocery shop and 12 hours in the kitchen and I will happily work my fingers to the bone creating restaurant-style food, only better because you don’t have to pay for it.

Shopmium Dinner Party

So when the supermarket cashback service Shopmium got in touch to ask me to host a dinner party using products I’d bought with them, I was all over that literal gravy train. I dug out my recipe books, started planning and convinced my BFF Bryony to come over to Casa More Than Toast for an evening of wine, gossip and delicious food (it didn’t take much).

Shopmium is a brilliant new app that gives you the option to try new products or save money on old favourites via a cashback system. I’ve never really tried anything like this before, always wondering if it would be worth the admin time, so was interested to see how I’d get on.

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It was easy to get started: I downloaded the app and scrolled through the list of products currently on offer to find ones that would suit my dinner party. I selected Poshcorn (B and I love to nibble on nice popcorn when we gossip), bread and sausages (that I halfheartedly threw in the direction of the kids that evening while I focussed on the grown-ups food ;). Off I popped to do my supermarket shop as usual and made a special note to buy these particular products – variations of which I would have purchased in any case.

Before I got cooking I decided to try out the app’s cashback process. Using these sausages as an example, all I had to do was scan in the barcode so their eligibility could be checked, then snap a photo of the receipt before whizzing that off using the app, too. Within 24 hours my cashback had been confirmed, and within 48 hours nearly a fiver had been deposited into my PayPal account. It really was that simple! At the frequency I shop I reckon I could claim back around £25 a month, which although isn’t going to make me a millionaire is still pretty impressive: that’s £300 a year. I’ll take that!

You can download the app here, and if you use the code ‘ALICECHOC’ when you sign up you’ll get a free bar of chocolate (you’re welcome ;)

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For Bryony I pulled together not only a feast of Poshcorn but also a lovely quick smoked salmon and lemon starter using the Genius bread I’d bought with Shopmium (shhh! She didn’t realise it was gluten free!), followed by the most incredible Cote Du Boeuf with homemade chunky chips and homemade béarnaise sauce. Pudding was apple crumble made with apples from my garden: it was all AWESOME.

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But, more importantly than my amazing food, it was so wonderful for us to have the chance to catch up properly without any chatty children in tow. With life seemingly moving at a million miles an hour for not just me but all of my friends, busy with careers, kids and relationships, it made me realise I don’t set aside enough time to nurture our friendships as much as I should. This stops now – I might not be in couple-based suburbia any more but there’s nothing stopping me hauling my girlfriends over for evenings of good food, great wine and raucous gossip.

And if I can earn a fiver back from my food shop while doing it? Well, it doesn’t get much better than that!

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(I’d like to say I’m don’t always have a glass of wine in my hand when I’m cooking but that would be untrue) 

WIN A £300 SHOPPING VOUCHER

Shopmium have kindly given me a £300 voucher to a supermarket of your choice (not Co-Op, Aldi or Lidl) to win! You can enter using the easy form below – and don’t forget to use the code ‘ALICECHOC’ when signing up to get a free bar of chocolate. Good luck!!

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167 Comments
  1. What a brilliant idea I’m going to have a proper look at this after! I love dinner parties but I can get into such a flap that I usually stick with something quick and easy like steak and chips. Who doesn’t love a nice steak, eh? Great competition Alice!

  2. I’ve got to be honest and say I’d go for a really good medium-rare steak, home made skin on oven chips with garlic, a rocket salad and a peppercorn sauce. I’d probably do a gooey chocolate brownie with ice cream for dessert as well.

  3. I would cook good old fashioned filling food, beef casserole with three veg & fluffy mash potatoes & sticky toffee pudding :)

  4. MMMM hard question – I would probably serve Spanish tapas as a starter, followed by homemade paella served with homemade crusty rolls and a refreshing sorbet as a dessert!

  5. This is making me crave steak! I always tend to do really easy stuff at dinner parties – Mexican food or tapas nibbles etc. Sometimes I’ll do a slow cooked pulled pork or a beef joint. I think I’m really lazy mainly because I just want to drink wine with everyone else. I’m a much better dinner party guest than host!

  6. Oh my god what a great app.I have been using something similar but this looks fab!

    My ultimate dinner party would be Soup Starters with a Lasagne and Salad Main with Ice Creams and Meringue Nests for Pudding!

  7. I’d definately plump for a Mexican themed dinner party however I think I’m coming over to yours for steak and chips soon… please ;-) mxx

  8. I’m so hungry reading all these comments and now craving camembert, steak and brownies at 7.23 am! ! Id make spicy tiger prawns and chorizo for starters and peppercorn chicken with smashed baby potatoes, roasted plum tomatoes and mushrooms for main and creme brulee for dessert

  9. Amazing! I want to come round to your house for dinner! We’ve just moved house so I can’t wait to have people over for dinner – plus with autumn coming I’m all about slow cooked beef with mash and roasted veggies, followed by a gooey chocolate brownie and lashings of fizz and great chat! Mmmmm! I want this tonight!!!!! x

  10. I’d like to try something really showy like Beef Wellington or Lobster Thermidor. It would probably be an unmitigated disaster but it would be fun to try just once and we could always open some tins of soup and more wine and laugh about it (maybe).

  11. I’d serve a Greek salad starter, seafood linguine for main & then for dessert I’d serve a lemon sorbet

    P.s I’d already downloaded the app so didn’t use the link

  12. Chicken curry,white rice,lamb chops and salsa salad with corn on cobs and chilli and yoghurt sauces. I would make a mango drink.

  13. I love making spaghetti bolognase (packed with lots of veg, even if my kids and husband don’t know it!), so would probably make this with linguine, parmeggiano and flatbreads.

  14. I would keep it informal and make something simple like chicken or fish goujons with new potatoes, salad served with lots of wine!

  15. Starter would be stuffed field mushrooms. Main course would be rack of lamb with minted new potatoes and seasonal veg. To finish, a homemade warm bakewell tart with cream.
    Of course this is all just theory as I’m nowhere near organised or skilled enough to actually pull this off!
    I’ve actually already got this app, I’ve been using it about a month and recommend it.

  16. My boyfriend would cook, he is great at it and I do the chopping, cleaning etc! My ultimate would be a starter of olives and garlic bread, spicy tomato pasta with veg, and an exceedingly extensive cheeseboard!

  17. I’ve never held a dinner party so not sure what to serve. Maybe my dads popular pork and apricot casserole or his lasagne.

  18. Oh I haven’t had a dinner party for so long! I would serve a lush soup to start, a goat’s cheese, mushroom and red onion risotto (risotto is a bit fiddly but soooo delicious when it’s done well and it’s such a comfort food joy) and something decadent for dessert like a rich chocolate torte. Yum *is envisioning self on Come Dine With Me*

  19. Watercress & celeriac soup with goat’s cheese croutons, roast duck breasts with maple syrup vinaigrette and champagne & raspberry possets

  20. A roast dinner with a big joint of beef, a joint of lamb covered in garlic rosemary, giant yorkshire puddings, all the trimmings and a homemade banoffee pie for dessert.

  21. Ooh decisions decisions! I love dinner parties :D I’d make nibbly canape things to start with, probably followed by soy & ginger salmon with couscous and asparagus, and then if I was being fancy I’d serve a croquembouche!

  22. Haloumi, Greek salad and something massively calorific for pudding. I love toffee flavours so maybe a toffee mousse with toffee sauce!

  23. Probably a winter chicken caserole with added extras such as parsnips, yorkshire puddings, and dumplings. Always has to be followed by a pudding but really not much room for one.

  24. Not the greatest cook, my neighbours will vouch for this as my children are often assembled across the street when the smoke alarm goes off :)
    But I can manage a scrummy Sunday roast with all the trimmings, yummy

  25. As a lover of Mexican cuisine i would serve …. Appetiser – Mexican Ceviche ( Fish Salad with olives and avacoado )
    Main – Spicy Mexican Chicken Casserole served with Cornbread ( Seperate kid
    friendly cassrole done if the munchkins are invited )
    Desert – Tequila soaked Mexican Fruit Salad ( Apple juice soaked for the kids)

  26. I’d make something in my slow-cooker, I’m a bit of a panicker so if I can get prepped in advance I can relax – so it would be something like lamp in port with redcurrant sauce, done this before and it is delicious, followed by pavlova (another make in advance!)

  27. My ultimate dinner party would definitely be Italian, including homemade pizzas, a lasagne, salads, and delicious breads all in the middle of the table for people to help themselves to followed by tiramisu for pudding

  28. Hmmm.. Dinner parties? I usually love to make roasted salmon, garlic spinach, a steak joint, sweet potato mash, and of course a fancy dessert to wrap things up nicely! :)

  29. I would love to cook beef wellington with potato dauphinoise, and with steamed green beans to finsh it will be a lemon tart and homemade madagascan vanilla ice cream

  30. Well I’d get the Hubby to cook for a start as he is much better than me! He’d probably Jerk Chicken with rice & beans. Than do a vegetarian stir fry for me :) Chocolate Mousse for dessert.

  31. Think I may have put my tweet ref in the box saying I’d followed you on twitter – I blame being awake this early!!) – my Twitter ref is @CakeReev

  32. Looks fab! I would start with chicken liver parfait, followed by lobster Thermidor and chips and finished off with a cheese board.

  33. The ulimate dinner party for me would involve a roast chicken dinner. I love roast chicken dinners. I’m not a good host because i would cook what i love :-)

  34. Id have to cook an Italian feast, bruschetta for starters, a lovely home made lasagne for mains and a tasty tiramisu for dessert! Loving the shopmium app some great deals or money off and lots of freebies!

  35. It would have to be my chilli, marinated over night. with homemade garlic bread
    I also make a mean apple crumble, that people just love
    simple real food

  36. It would have to be something I can cook really well but that tastes great. That seriously narrows it down for me, but my Spinach and Mushroom cannelloni is pretty .

  37. My ultimate dinner party would be all my favourite foods, lots of comfort food and easy to prepare, seafood salad, followed by lasagne and pavlova to finish

  38. I’d cook an Indian feast for dinner party. Making everything from chutneys to naan breads and not forgetting a couple of currys. I’m vegetarian so Indian is a life saver.

  39. I would serve up a huge Caribbean style buffet banquet! Rice n peas, macaroni pie, cou cou, pudding and souse and yams! Yum yum yum

  40. For starters it would be Smoked Salmon Toasts, for main Rack of Lamb with Roasted Vegetables, and for afters its got to be Chocolate Orange Tart

  41. I woudl have to go for a a lamb roast with all the trimmings, roasties, yorkshire pud, stuffing balls, a mix of veg.

  42. hmmm probably home made lasaagne with crusty warm garlic bread with butter and a beautiful side of fresh tasty and juicy salad including lettuce, tomato a little onion and anything else you may want to add…deeeeelish!!

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