How to Host a Simple Wine and Cheese Party
With the days getting longer and warmer one thing is for sure... Summer is in the air! Inspired by the sight of fresh blooms, green grass, and bright skies, this time of year is the perfect time for entertaining. With everything being full of life, we were motivated to plan an intimate Sonoma Inspired grown-up gathering. For the wine and cheese lovers be sure to check out the photos below, and read on for 5 simple tips you can consider when hosting an easy going time with friends or family. Before you have a mini panic attack balancing all that comes with life... remember to keep it simple. We’ve broken it down into four easy to follow components a hostess with the mostest needs on her radar:
Find a space with tabletops. If you really want to get in theme and are local to Wine Country + have the budget you can getaway or rent a space via PeerSpace for an of couple hours (that's what we did here). Otherwise, you can turn any space into a sommelier’s dream. We fell in love with our location at first sight. Tucked away in Sonoma, this farmhouse styled home sits on 4.5 acres and was the perfect location for a wine and cheese get together. With bright white walls and a rustic minimalist style, it's the every girl's dream home. It's free spirit and makes you want to slip off your shoes and walk around in the grass. It was the perfect location for any occasion or big or small from an intimate gathering like ours or even a wedding celebration.
Putting together a “pretty” cheese plate requires a couple of pointers:
- Make sure you have variety of cheeses in your selection (we went with blue cheese, cheddar, goat brie, Monterrey Jack and gouda)
- Make sure to mix different textures (i.e., olives, almonds and cured meats)
- Add variety of pairing sides (i.e., pita bread, crackers or slices of bread)
Don't Over Complicate it Girl - Plan what to pack ahead of time and keep it simple. A simple, yet beautiful table setting can elevate really the overall aesthetics even if the location isn’t.
- To bring our wine and cheese party to life, we designed small cheese cards courtesy of Paper Source
- It would be no party at all without the Wine Glasses
- A Simple Table Cloth with a pop of color The Little Market
- Wood Cheese Serving Trays - The Little Market
- Centerpieces - World Market
I'm having a fruit salad for dinner. Well, it's mostly grapes. OK, it's all grapes. Fermented grapes. I'M HAVING WINE FOR DINNER… when it comes to a party, especially a tasting variety is obviously in order. We'd recommend dabbling in the whole spectrum. Dark red to light Rose. This gives you the opportunity to pair different cheeses, chocolates, and parings….
Don’t forget to have fun and relax - you’ve done all the hard work already! Once everyone has arrived treat yourself with a glass of vino and enjoy the good company and hor'dourves. What are some of your tips and tricks for hosting?