Hosting A Wine And Cheese Party

I love the holiday festivities. Time to catch up with friends that I haven't seen in a while, have a glass of wine or three, and eat! A wine and cheese party is the perfect holiday occasion, lending a touch of elegance and sophistication that you just don't get with beer and pretzels!

There's no right way or wrong way when it comes to planning a wine and cheese party, but there are a few things you should know so that it doesn't turn into a whine and cheese bash.

Try to pair a strong cheese with a strong wine and softer, mellower cheeses with softer, mellower wines. The following pairs are suggestions only; you're of course free to explore your own. Half the fun is coming up with new and interesting pairs;

a)Cheddar & Riesling
b)Blue Cheese & Cabernet Sauvignon
c)Boursin & Gewurztraminer
d)Camembert & Cabernet
e)Edam and Gouda with Riesling or Champagne
f)Havarti & Bordeaux

When planning how much to buy, arrange for two to three different kinds of wine and four to six different kinds of cheese. Buy one bottle of wine for every three people and feel free to adjust this if you know the people on your guest list drink more or less than average.

Besides wine and cheese, don't forget to offer alternative beverages for those who choose not to drink alcohol. As well, you should plan to add some, if not all, of the following to your table; assorted crackers or toasts, fresh fruit such as apples, pears and grapes, and both black and green olives. You'll also need wine glasses, corkscrews, plates, napkins, cheese boards and cheese knives. Remember that everyone will need a glass for each type of wine.

Now that you have the shopping completed how are you going to set this up?

You could simply arrange everything on one table but depending on the number of guests, this may become a bit inconvenient. Try placing the wine and cheese groupings around the room at different 'stations'. This will encourage your guests to circulate and avoids congestion around one table. Consider using blank recipe cards so that you can label the different cheeses with their name, a description of the flavor and perhaps a few details about where it was made. Do the same with the wine.

Let the wine and cheese speak for themselves. Keep the accessories simple and understated, like white tablecloths and candles. Use seasonally themed decorations; if it's winter time, you might want to use holly, pine garlands or holiday decorations. In the fall consider using colorful leaves. Summertime wine and cheese parties are a perfect opportunity to showcase flowers from your garden or simply purchase from a flower shop.

To finish things off, have coffee and tea ready to serve at the end of the evening accompanied by a light dessert.

Cheers!

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