As mentioned previously, I’m an amateur party planner. It’s true – as a child, I spent hours prepping for various themed parties in my parent’s basement, and as an adult I’ve held annual 4th of July backyard get-togethers and new year’s soirees every year until we moved away from all of our friends. Now, as it’s officially been a year since we’ve moved – I’m ready to host my first Charlotte party. The big question – make it small and intimate (think 1 or 2 other couples), or just say to hell with it all and invite all of our friends, even if none of them know each other?
What I have figured out, is that I want to host a fall-themed wine and cheese party… but I’m a little sick of seeing the slate / chalk cheese trays everywhere. I considered going for a tried-and-true decade theme, like the 20′s (really just so I could recycle my dress from 2011′s new years extravaganza), but when I came across this wine tasting bridal shower featured on Style Me Pretty, I decided on a more romantic, classically fall look. I love that this is rustic, yet elegant, with lush bouquets, plum candles and silver platters holding grapes, chocolate and crackers.
If history is any indication, I’m sure I’ll be given a budget for this party, but I think I can recreate the look of it fairly easily with plum and burlap fabric remnants from a craft store, a couple $4 fall bouquets from Trader Joe’s, silver serving pieces from Tuesday Morning or Pier 1, and I’m sure I can find a couple wine decanters there as well.
I’m planning on serving flatbreads via this article from Food & Wine, some roasted grapes, a brie wheel wrapped in a puff pastry, and just because I love puff pastry appetizers, perhaps this one I found the other day while searching for something to make with leftover pancetta.
What do you think? Have you been to any fabulous wine/cheese parties?