Are you thinking about hosting a get together for your friends, but don’t quite know what to do? Then, why not hold you own cheese and wine party – it’s fun, easy to do and doesn’t require too much effort? Plus, throwing a cheese and wine party is a great way to try out lots of new varieties of both.
Nothing goes as well together as a nice glass of wine and a delicious slice of your favorite cheese. Celebrate your love of cheese and wine by hosting a fabulous party for your friends and family, complete with lots of yummy wines and cheese.
For our top tips for throwing the best cheese and wine party, have a read of this.
Do lots of preparation
The best way you can ensure that your party is a success is by doing lots of preparation and planning beforehand.
The first thing to do is to decide how many guest you will be inviting (a maximum of 15 people). Think about who gets along well together and who will be fun and happy to get involved.
Get your guests to interact with each other
The most enjoyable parties are always the ones where people interact and have a laugh with each other. You can encourage your guests to interact with each other, by suggesting that each guest brings a bottle of their favourite wine and a piece of their favourite cheese.
Once your guests have let you know if they are attending, you can then shop for what you will need. You will need double the amount of wine glasses of the people who are coming along, wooden cheese boards and knife sets and labels for the different cheeses and wines.
Write a list of all the cheeses and wines you want to buy. Even if your guests are also bringing cheese and wine along, it is important that you have a good selection available. A couple of weeks before your party, buy alcohol online or from your local wine store. The day before your party, head over to delicatessens or a local cheese shop and purchase a selection of different cheeses.
As well as buying lots of different cheese and wines, you may also want to purchase some palate cleansers, like fruits, vegetables and dry cured meats.
Setting up for the party
When you set up for the party, keep the layout simple and classy. Place the cheese on boards around the room, with the bottles of wine lined up behind them. Make sure that the cheese and wine are the focal points in the room.
A fun accessory to have on hand is a wine and cheese book so that guests can read up on the wines and cheeses they have tasted.
Hire a professional
If your budget will allow it, invite a cheese and wine expert along to give a talk on cheese and wine. If your budget just won’t stretch that far, do some of your own research instead and surprise your guests with your fantastic cheese and wine knowledge.