Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Holidays Might Be Over, But the Party Can Continue!

Recently, I've been hearing some interesting ways friends are mixing up the usual dinner party.

A family friend was telling us about a wonderful night she just had when her friend brought over a selection of specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Together they laid out a beautiful spread of bread, cheese, crackers and fruit for dipping. She said it was a refreshing way to enjoy a casual evening. What a perfect idea for when you want to entertain on a lighter scale. I love that you can bring in local vinegars and oils. Be sure to check out your farmers market or the yellow pages for a local store or tasting room.

This past weekend, I missed out on a dinner party that my girlfriend had where she asked everyone to bring a bottle of wine in a paper bag. She wanted an easy way to get the party started and people talking and this did it! These experienced wine connoisseurs had a hard time keeping their opinions quiet for the vote. With an amazing and not so amazing selection of wines from $5-$40 they ended up choosing as a favorite Uncorked by Girard Napa Valley, priced at $5.99.

I even love the idea of combining these two concepts and offering up the food tasting while the guests bring the wine. I think it would make for a fabulous cocktail party!

Here are some tips to help get you started....

Tips on hosting an olive oil tasting party from Pottery Barn

Blind Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printables

Posted by Liz

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love this idea for the olive oil, balsamic vinegars, cheeses, fruit, etc. tastings. Adding the wines makes it even more perfect. I belong to a group called The Wandering Winos. We meet and socialize once a month and I'm going to do something similar. We are planning on wine tasting in the Lodi area and instead of a picnic I'll take something like this for people to eat and enjoy. Thanks for the idea.

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