Wine Tasting Party: A Glance Behind the Scenes

In February of this year, a good friend and I threw a fabulous wine tasting. We had 30 something in attendance and featured 4 wines paired with specialty hors d’oeuvres. I am breaking the wine party in two posts and will cover as much as I can. This post will focus more on the preparation, decoration and highlights while the next post will focus on the actual wine and food pairings. I hope you will find this useful for planning your own fabulous party!

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Spring Picnics

Spring picnics

I love a good picnic. Especially in late spring or early summer. The days are getting longer and it isn’t unbearably hot yet. Plus, it is something out of the ordinary from a normal dinner-and-a-movie date night. Here’s the best part: you can have a truly gourmet picnic and uh-mazing bottle of wine for the same budget (or less) then the average ho-hum date night! Continue reading

Fruit and nut tray

Try a wine pairing with fruits and nuts! Perfect when you just want a little something to nibble on with your wine!

Last week I blogged about creating a wine and cheese tray, and while they are fabulous and fun, they are generally more filling. I think of cheese trays more as a full appetizer. So what do you do when you want a wine to sip on, and want something to nibble on with it, but nothing too filling?! Enter: the fruit and nut tray! Not only is it gorgeous, it is tasty too! You’d be amazed at how well nuts and fruits can pair with wine!

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Wine and Coloring Party {The Ultimate Girls Night IN}

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I love girls night. I try to do something at least once a month that is just ‘me time’… time where I can take a break from being a mom. Time when I don’t have 3 children literally hanging on me, or accompanying me to the bathroom, or taking care of their boogers (seriously, all three of my girls bring me their boogers… EW). Just time to focus on myself and recharge my batteries.

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Creating a Fabulous Wine and Cheese Tray

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Two words. Cheese orphans. Ever heard of cheese orphans?! They are called different things at different markets, but I will always call them ‘cheese orphans’. When your deli clerk cuts up huge cheese wheels for individual sale, he will be left with several tiny pieces that are too small for anyone to really use. These are cheese orphans. They really are just for sampling and are typically only a few dollars. This is a fun way to try all new kinds of cheeses without breaking the bank.

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