People who hit a certain age oftentimes outgrow big house parties or bar hopping. Most of them prefer to get together in smaller groups and, typically, would choose to hang out at home or the home of their closest friends or family. Small parties are far from boring, especially with good food and excellent wine. So, gather great wine-loving individuals for the small party ideas coming up next.
Getting Geared Up
Before you start declaring your home as the designated party venue:
- Make sure your home is always prepared.
- Stock on supplies like glassware, cheese boards, and cutlery. Since you will be setting the table frequently, plan on getting unscented candles, low centerpieces which you can reuse and embellish, etc.
- Don’t forget to get chillers and wine buckets to keep your drink of choice always chilly.
Party Ideas with Wine
Everywhere there is wine feels like a celebration. No matter if four or ten people share bottles of wine, these mini-parties will constantly feel fun. Be it red or white, Spanish or premium French wine, these party ideas will always be a hit.
Intimate and Swanky Dinners
Have some earthy, fruity, spiced Burgundy wine and pair it with a charcuterie board. Bring out mild cheeses as a start for a more decadent dinner. Since we are talking about intimate and fancy, choice meats, like a crown roast that has been oven roasted or slow-cooked, are outstanding choices. As a host, get things prepared before the first guest comes and keep in mind to sit down and join the discussion around a candle-lit table.
Favorite Food-Themed Potluck
Ask everyone to bring their favorite homemade dishes. Your pals may even be competitive if they bring the same dish. Get everyone to select which dishes should be the focus dish, and make everybody bring the same type of wine. You can have a range of similar wines perfect for an impromptu wine tasting.
Pizza Take-out or Last Minute Plans
Unplanned parties are the best. Work promotions and other spontaneous events can be celebrated with champagnes or Chardonnay. Serve pizza, salad, or Chinese take-out on real plates for a more sophisticated table setting.
Dessert on the Spotlight
Feast on a light meal and concentrate on the dessert. You and your good friends can have a theme, whether you want rich, intense chocolate desserts or something light like fluffy cheesecakes or frosted cream cakes. For chocolate desserts, a variety of French wines pair well. For light and tart desserts, sweet white wine or Chardonnay will do the trick.
Making Things More Interesting
Even if you are planning a small party, buying wine in bulk is still a great idea. Try to find wine stores that can give you great in-store and online offers, either on mixed cases or by the bottle. Should you wish to have some party games, you can also give out a few of the bottles as rewards. If you run out, don’t worry, you can get a wine by post gift for the winners.
Remember Wine Pairing Rules
Tried and true methods typically bring out fantastic food and wine pairings. It is typically red wines that are coupled with boldly flavored meats, like steak and lamb. White wines are paired with low-intensity meats like fish or poultry. The more you and your good friends learn about wines, you can start making your own rules. The only rule to keep in mind is to enjoy good food, excellent wine, and fantastic company.