Well here is the first “hosting” post!
Last Friday I decided to have the ladies over for a wine and cheese party, which turned out to be a success; but then again most things are when wine and cheese are involved….
As per usual, I skipped over to the West Side and hit up my beloved Trader Joe’s.
- Mild – Double Cream Brie and Chevre
- Blue – Gorganzola
- Semifirm – Manchego
- Super-aged – Smoked Gouda
Tip – Five cheeses may not seem like a lot, but it is! You’ll be surprised to find out that it serves at least 12 people. (This girl will be living off of cheese for the next week)
Sides & Spreads:
- Basil Pesto
- Dried Cranberries
- Apple slices (Gala)
- Crackers (wheat, cracked pepper, veggie and white)
- Sliced French Baguette
Tip – Get creative with your sides! Apple slices were a great light alternative to constantly munching on crackers. Next time I’ll be including vegetables as well.
Creating the Cheese Board:
- The cheeses were paired with the corresponding knives, so it went soft cheeses (left) to hard (right)
- Using some tan card stock and toothpicks I created labels for the cheese
- Cranberries and apple slices were spread between the cheeses
- The meats were arranged on a wooden tray (the roomie is vegetarian so I wanted to keep it separate)
For the final touches I simply lit a few unscented candles and arranged Sweet Peas and yellow Mums into vases and mason jars.
Hosting a wine and cheese night is a lovely alternative to a traditional dinner party. It gives the you the opportunity to sit and enjoy your guests company instead of keeping track of what’s cooking.