Ok now it's my turn. I love all the entertaining (& cheese!) advice of late. I'm having a wine tasting party in a week & a half, please read over my plan & critque, suggest, etc. This is only the second party I've ever thrown myself so I'm nervous. Please tell me if I'm forgetting anything or commiting any faux pas so far! Be brutal, I'd rather know now when I can still change my plans.
The event will be in my apt, 8:00 pm on a Saturday night. There will be approximately 15-20 people present, ages 22-48 (mostly 30's). The party area will consist of my 10'x10' dining room which opens (doublewide doorway, no doors) to my 9'x16' living room. There will also be my small kitchen & my computer room (10'x12') for mingling. I'm planning to request smokers to use the computer room to smoke which will be set up with 2 easy chairs & a wooden chair (my desk chair) plus a sea chest as coffee table, so as to not bother other guests.
I haven't purchased all my wine yet (suggestions welcome, sticking to Californias) but plan to have about 22 bottles. I know some guests plan to bring a bottle (even though I have indicated it's not necessary).Decor
will consist of my lovely apt
, some fresh flowers in vases, and a few (about 8 ) little wine facts/blurbs I cut from magazines & mounted on card stock throughout the room. Music will be my iPod set on shuffle.Wine tasting part
: I have 2 dozen brand new, sharpened pencils and several tasting score cards (space provided to list wine type, name, vineyard, notes/comments, etc). I have about 30 wine glasses. A 1.5 quart fishbowl shaped vase will be used as the "pour bucket". I will have a large pticher of cold water out, and 24 water glasses. I also have more than enough wine glass markers (paper rings that fit on the stem that guests can write their names on so they don't loose their glass). I also have an information card on a table stand with commonly used wine descriptors and a step by step "how to" sample wine.Food
: assorted cheeses (including a brie en crute, and bite size pieces of mozzerella wrapped in proschutto), with a selection of crackers & party rye. Crudite w/hummus. Strawberries & grapes. Olives. Nuts. Pretzels. Sausage slices. Mini canollis.
My best friend is insisting on bringing a tray of spanikopita (Greek spinach pie). I'm happy to have it, I just didn't want to heat up my apt with the oven so she's baking it at home (1/2 mile away).Other
: I plan to have 1 case of beer on hand (some people I know don't like wine, but their SO does) and a large pitcher of ice tea. I have about 8 random cans of soda as well I will make available.
I plan to send everyone home with a 16 oz. bottle of water.