We got a YouSwoop deal for Wines for Humanity, came up with a menu, and decided to hold the tasting in our building’s rooftop party room. So as not to compete with the view, we created a simple table scape from things we already had at home: paper lanterns, glass vases, and fresh flowers. If you have plenty of time to devote to the decor, try using corks, which are perfect for this type of party and also Eco-friendly! Make strands of cork garland to drape around the room. As favors, hand out cork coasters, pots of herbs with corks as garden tags, or mini cork planters for cacti and succulents (see photo).
Here are some of the more popular hors d’oeuvres from our party:
All of these dishes can be served at room temperature, meaning your job will be done once the table is set, and you can mingle with your guests rather than spending the evening in the kitchen. If you prefer, use this Pairing Tool (for wines as well as beer and liquor) to come up with your own menu. A cute idea from Rock UR Party is to use chalkboard contact paper as a table covering and write notes to your guests to help them with cheese pairing.
If there is no service like Wines for Humanity in your city, you can still host a memorable wine party. Advise your guests to bring two bottles of wine. One is shared with everyone and used in the tasting, and the other goes into a wine swap so that everyone leaves with a wine they’ve never tried. Or, check out some ideas for Wine Related Party Games.
Here’s to great wine, good friends, and summer!