Between a wedding website and a personal blog I'm quickly running out of time for real life. Which is why I'm particularly glad for entertaining ideas such as this one! I've said it before and I'll say it again, but it's so very, very easy to host a chic little wine and cheese party at home without going completely loco, it's really one of the easiest home parties to pull together - the only drawback is that it can get pretty pricey!
For our Saturday affair, I hit up my usual spots to pick up the party essentials and came home to plate everything (it all happened in under 2 hours!)
- For decor, I bought two bunches of Eustomas from Cold Storage and shoved them in clear-glass vases all around the living area. Simple.
- We have a very nice wooden serving platter at home, but if you don't have these handy, Crate & Barrel and IKEA's have some inexpensive options that are just as awesome -- Acacia Wedge Server (USD$22), Kraftig wooden chopping board ($29.90) or this adorable wood lazy susan by Snudda ($9.90).
- For palette cleansers, I served a selection of fresh fruit (strawberry and grapes), nuts (macadamia, almonds, etc), and dried fruit (raisins and apricots).
- Prosciutto, parma, salami and ham were served to complement the stronger cheeses.
- A friend brought honey which was a wonderful accompaniment that I'd completely forgotten about! So that was a really nice surprise.
- As for the cheese, I went a little crazy at Cold Storage and Culina, I was only supposed to buy two or three but ended up coming home with six different options. There's that adage - something old, something new, something goat and something blue which I try my best to stick to, and this time round I think I hit all categories! [Cheeses: roquefort, reblochon, goat, morbier, manchego and jarlsberg]
On the whole I think it went down very, very well. When you're next pressed for time and having folks over, you'll definitely want to consider this idea.