Fake it till you make it – Cheatsheet to becoming the best host this National Day

Cadence Loh
·Lifestyle Editor
·4-min read

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Instead of subjecting ourselves to catching up with friends behind masks, why not round up your party of 5 and hold a mini gathering over the upcoming National Day long weekend?

New to hosting? Try these simple tips and tricks to becoming the hostess with the mostest. From now till 9 August, Amazon is celebrating our Nation’s 55th birthday with us where you get S$5 off* when you spend S$55. Look out for the red “Celebrate National Day” banner on items. *Terms and conditions apply.

Theme it and send your invites

Once your guest list is ready, set a theme. Get your guests to wear their interpretation of the chosen theme with prompts like “National day”, “orchid”, or “red and white”. Besides the dress code, setting a theme will provide you with a clear direction when it comes to food and drinks, decoration, and also party games.

Welcome snacks, bites and drinks

There’s no party without food. Besides mains, make sure to prepare appetizers or snacks for hungry guests. Those waiting for latecomers will need something to occupy their hands and mouths. Try appetizers like a cheese platter, snacks and more snacks!

Cheeseboard set, bamboo serving tray with cutlery knives in a drawer, S$105.74

Cheeseboard set, bamboo serving tray with cutlery knives in a drawer, S$105.74. PHOTO: Amazon
Cheeseboard set, bamboo serving tray with cutlery knives in a drawer, S$105.74. PHOTO: Amazon

Support local and ensure your guests are helping themselves to Made in Singapore snacks like these scrumptious bites.

F.EAST Hainanese Chicken Rice Potato Chips, 70g, S$2.95

F.EAST Hainanese Chicken Rice Potato Chips, 70g, S$2.95. PHOTO: Amazon
F.EAST Hainanese Chicken Rice Potato Chips, 70g, S$2.95. PHOTO: Amazon

IRVINS salted egg fish skin, 230g

IRVINS salted egg fish skin, 230g. PHOTO: Amazon
IRVINS salted egg fish skin, 230g. PHOTO: Amazon

Ooh SG potato chips, Mala, 115g, S$6.82

Ooh SG potato chips, Mala, 115g, S$6.82. PHOTO: Amazon
Ooh SG potato chips, Mala, 115g, S$6.82. PHOTO: Amazon

Tong Garden salted pistachios, 310g, S$9.91 (was S$10.90)

Tong Garden salted pistachios, 310g, S$9.91 (was S$10.90). PHOTO: Amazon
Tong Garden salted pistachios, 310g, S$9.91 (was S$10.90). PHOTO: Amazon

Keep the party going with the right drinks. Be consistent. A National Day party calls for locally-made brews like these non-alcoholic homegrown selections for both kids and adults.

Heaven & Earth lychee rose tea case, 300ml, (Pack of 12), S$6.15 (was S$7.85)

Heaven & Earth lychee rose tea case, 300ml, (Pack of 12), S$6.15 (was S$7.85). PHOTO: Amazon
Heaven & Earth lychee rose tea case, 300ml, (Pack of 12), S$6.15 (was S$7.85). PHOTO: Amazon

Pokka Teazzle sparking peach ice tea, 325ml (Pack of 24), S$19.20

Pokka Teazzle sparking peach ice tea, 325ml (Pack of 24), S$19.20. PHOTO: Amazon
Pokka Teazzle sparking peach ice tea, 325ml (Pack of 24), S$19.20. PHOTO: Amazon

Work the kitchen

Still some way to becoming a master chef? Fret not. No one needs to know exactly how adept you are in the kitchen. There are many delicious and sure-win instant pastes and sauce kits specially concocted to win over our local palates. Here are a few quick-fix ideas to whipping up some of our favourite local dishes.

Prima Taste chicken claypot rice, 1x260g, S$4.90 (S$6.50)

Prima Taste chicken claypot rice, 1x260g, S$4.90 (S$6.50). PHOTO: Amazon
Prima Taste chicken claypot rice, 1x260g, S$4.90 (S$6.50). PHOTO: Amazon

Prima Taste Singapore satay, 1 x 275g, S$5.50 (S$6.30)

Prima Taste Singapore satay, 1 x 275g, S$5.50 (S$6.30). PHOTO: Amazon
Prima Taste Singapore satay, 1 x 275g, S$5.50 (S$6.30). PHOTO: Amazon

Amocan Singapore Curry Chicken complete cooking kit, 170g, S$4.80

Amocan Singapore Curry Chicken complete cooking kit, 170g, S$4.80. PHOTO: Amazon
Amocan Singapore Curry Chicken complete cooking kit, 170g, S$4.80. PHOTO: Amazon

Hai's Bak Kut Teh sauce kit, 148g, S$5.95

Hai's Bak Kut Teh sauce kit, 148g, S$5.95. PHOTO: Amazon
Hai's Bak Kut Teh sauce kit, 148g, S$5.95. PHOTO: Amazon

Shermay's Singapore fine food nonya curry powder, 200g (Pack of 2), S$10.80 (was S$12)

Shermay's Singapore fine food nonya curry powder, 200g (Pack of 2), S$10.80 (was S$12). PHOTO: Amazon
Shermay's Singapore fine food nonya curry powder, 200g (Pack of 2), S$10.80 (was S$12). PHOTO: Amazon

No Singapore home is complete without at least one dipping sauce in the kitchen arsenal. This blend is perfect with prawn crackers, meats and vegetables.

Shermay's Singapore fine food sambal hijau, 240ml, S$9 (was S$10)

Shermay's Singapore fine food sambal hijau, 240ml, S$9 (was S$10). PHOTO: Amazon
Shermay's Singapore fine food sambal hijau, 240ml, S$9 (was S$10). PHOTO: Amazon

Cheers to National day

Singapore may be a little red dot on the international map but our homegrown labels like Tiger Beer and craft beer makers like Brewerkz are making our presence felt on the global arena. Be proud of our achievements and support local. Adults only!

Strictly for non-Muslims and those aged 18 and above.

Tiger Orchid brew can limited edition, 320ml (Pack of 24), S$72

Tiger Orchid brew can limited edition, 320ml (Pack of 24), S$72. PHOTO: Amazon
Tiger Orchid brew can limited edition, 320ml (Pack of 24), S$72. PHOTO: Amazon

Tiger Radler Grapefruit can, 330ml (Pack of 6), S$7.95 (was S$9.90)

Tiger Radler Grapefruit can, 330ml (Pack of 6), S$7.95 (was S$9.90). PHOTO: Amazon
Tiger Radler Grapefruit can, 330ml (Pack of 6), S$7.95 (was S$9.90). PHOTO: Amazon

Crossroads Brewing Co. Orchard Road apple cider, 330ml, S$4.06

Crossroads Brewing Co. Orchard Road apple cider, 330ml, S$4.06. PHOTO: Amazon
Crossroads Brewing Co. Orchard Road apple cider, 330ml, S$4.06. PHOTO: Amazon

Brewerkz Oatmeal Stout, 330ml (Pack of 6), S$29.60 (was S$34.80)

Brewerkz Oatmeal Stout, 330ml (Pack of 6), S$29.60 (was S$34.80). PHOTO: Amazon
Brewerkz Oatmeal Stout, 330ml (Pack of 6), S$29.60 (was S$34.80). PHOTO: Amazon

Brewerkz India Pale Ale, 330ml (Pack of 6), S$29.60 (was S$34.80)

Brewerkz India Pale Ale, 330ml (Pack of 6), S$29.60 (was S$34.80). PHOTO: Amazon
Brewerkz India Pale Ale, 330ml (Pack of 6), S$29.60 (was S$34.80). PHOTO: Amazon

Time to play

What’s your Singapore dream? Get to know your friends better with this card game that is uniquely Singapore!

The Singaporean Dream (SGAG Edition) Base Set + Expansion, S$35

The Singaporean Dream (SGAG Edition) Base Set + Expansion, S$35. PHOTO: Lazada
The Singaporean Dream (SGAG Edition) Base Set + Expansion, S$35. PHOTO: Lazada

Party gift

No other gift will be better appreciated than a face mask right now. Go with the theme and gift your guests a mask featuring our national flag each. This is sure to seal your status as the best host ever!

Singapore flag, Adult Unisex Masks, Reusable, 1pc mask + 2pc gasket filter, US $3.13 (was US$5.79)

Singapore flag, Adult Unisex Masks, Reusable, 1pc mask + 2pc gasket filter, US $3.13 (was US$5.79). PHOTO: AliExpress
Singapore flag, Adult Unisex Masks, Reusable, 1pc mask + 2pc gasket filter, US $3.13 (was US$5.79). PHOTO: AliExpress

Have a whale of a time and happy National Day!

Always drink responsibly. Visit Health Hub for advice.