If you appreciate a good glass of wine, but are somewhat lost when it comes to anything wine-related other than how your tastebuds are reacting to the current glass in your hand, there’s a great article from Sunset Magazine that is definitely worth checking out. In "Taste Wine Like a Pro ", Sunset wine editor Sara Schneider offers invaluable insight on things like how to pick wine out at a supermarket, how to store wine if you don’t have a cellar, and "what are legs ?". Haven’t the foggiest idea? Click here to find out !
Speaking of wine…wine tasting parties are always a fun excuse to entertain – and great activity ideas for holiday or bachelorette/girls’ night parties. Throwing a wine tasting party is easier than ever these days – with ready-made wine tasting kits you can have delivered straight to your door. For example, this "Tasting Party Time " set from mywinesdirect.com comes complete with six wines, a fun how-to guide, 22 tasting mats, and 6 bottle wrappers:
Looking for a yummy signature drink recipe that’s fun for everyone? Virgin daiquiris and fruit smoothies are great options for get-togethers such as baby showers, kids parties, brunches, spa parties, or anytime you want to offer guests a festive beverage, sans the alcohol. Serve the drinks in fun glasses, garnish them just like a cocktail, and they’ll look just as great as the “real thing” – but cost a lot less! Click below for the full recipes on hwtm.com:
- Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
- Banana Smoothie
(I love the idea of serving these at a monkey-themed baby shower!)
Domino magazine has a great article on their website called "5 steps to a foolproof fete ". These easy-to-follow hosting tips include:
Serve a house cocktail
(a.k.a. a "signature drink" that coordinates with your theme)
Make your place smell fabulous
(using fragrant candles in key places)
Get the light right
(Avoid harsh lighting and go for a soft glow. Set out tons of unscented votives for pretty mood lighting.)
Edit your playlist
(Compile a great mix of tunes for your bash that will keep the party going.)
Serve just enough food
(Finger food and snacks that are easy to munch on will help to keep guests going strong at a drinks party.
Click here to check out the full article with detailed info & images.
(I’m also seriously loving the hot pink, asian-inspired tabletop pictured above!)