Today is National Cheese Day, and to celebrate we’re throwing a wine and cheese party! Well, just on our blog. You, however, can throw one this weekend or the weekend after that, and with these décor tips it is sure to be a successful party.
Whether you’re planning on holding a large gathering or just your group of closest friends, invites can set the tone for what to expect at the party. If you want it to be casual, choose (or create!) colorful, cheerful, and/or musical invites; if you’re leaning towards a more formal setting, neutral tones, elegant lettering, and simple images are a better option. If you’re creating your own, use wine glass, wine cork, and cheese imagery, and throw as much personal style and personalization into them as you can. Opting for the stationary or store-bought invitations? Personalize them for your guests by writing the party’s address, or hand-write their address or name on the envelope. Don’t forget to tell them to RSVP!
Besides seating and tables, you want to give your party a little life with decorations. This could just mean buying elegant glassware and using flowers or tree lights for centerpieces, or you could amp up the extravagance with paper lanterns and lighting strung around an arbor in your backyard. However you choose to decorate, you should think about incorporating a few simple items into your design.
Wine corks can be used in a few different ways to decorate your wine and cheese party oasis. And don’t worry about saving corks for months in preparation; you are more than likely to find packages of corks at a craft store. Cut a slit in them to make place settings or to label your wine and cheese spreads, or place them around a candle in glassware to add some flair to your lighting.
Your décor can also make serving your guests easier. With a Lazy Susan, your wine and cheese can be easily accessible from any side of the table, and your guests can better admire your spread.
The wine and cheese pairings should be a big focus of your party, so incorporate these into the décor to make your party atmosphere less stuffy and more fun (especially if your guests aren’t total wine and cheese connoisseurs). Use blackboards, print out festive labels, or use the same label-in-cork design as you did your place settings. Cabot – a local neighbor of ours and a cheese expert – has a great guide on how to pair cheese and wines and why they taste so good together.
Besides the main two options, breads and grapes are also great to offer. Bread is an excellent palate cleanser, as are fresh grapes. You may just simply want to include a larger variety of foods at your party, but you’ll want to choose options like these so you can fully enjoy the flavors of the wine and cheese.
Once again, happy National Cheese Day! Have you ever hosted a wine and cheese party? Share your tips with us, and happy celebrating!