How to throw a Wine and Cheese Party

How to throw a great wine and cheese party at homeChecklist for a wine and cheese party - Santa Margherita Wine

When it comes to throwing a fabulous wine and cheese party, the right ingredients make all of the difference. I host these gatherings weekly {especially now that it is easier to have people over due to the babies} so I have come up with a stellar list of essentials. Here are my four recommendations to throwing a successful evening:

1. Great wine. I am a lover of white wine especially in the summer time. My go-to is a mid-range priced bottle {about $25.00} and amazing quality, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. It is fresh, clean and crisp. Aside from pairing well with light pastas, seafood and chicken dishes, it’s incredible paired back to cheese.

2. Good quality {and fancy looking} crackers. I am a huge fan of Carr’s Crackers. They are light in flavor and texture which is exactly what is recommended to be paired back to a Pinot Grigio. {You don’t want a cheese or cracker that overpowers the wine.} Carr’s also has an assorted box, that I featured here, which I love because your guests can pick and choose their cracker depending on what they are craving.

3. Unique Cheese. I love to get fresh exotic well-aged cheeses from the professionals, so I make sure to head to the Cheese stands at the Union Square Farmers Market todo my choosing. For this spread I chose “Shepard’s Basket” a raw sheeps milk cheese, cave aged for 5+ months, similar to a Spain Manchego from an Organic Cheese Vendor.

4. A Personalized Touch. For this occasion I ordered Gold Foil Drink Tags that said “Cheers” and attached them to my wine glasses – Aren’t they so fun?! Picking something special to make each night unique can really make an evening sparkle; see another idea using custom straws in this FH post.

Carr's Entertainment Cracker CollectionSanta Margherita Pinot GrigioGold Foil Gift Tags - Cheers Gift TagsSetting the mood for your wine and cheese partyChecklist for a wine and cheese party - Santa Margherita Wine

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BBQ Recipe Inspiration

Siracha Lime Chicken Salad  with Grilled Pineapple by

Nothing says summer like a cookout! The warm, sunny weather is the perfect excuse to gather your friends and family to host an outdoor summer Barbeque. 

If you’re looking forward to hosting a BBQ this summer, then you might be searching for dishes to prepare! Well, I’ve rounded up a few mouthwatering recipes {with vegetarian options} to help make you the culinary star of any summer cookout! 

Hope you are inspired by these colorful summer-friendly picks!

grilled corn salad
Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro-Honey-Lime Vinaigrette by
Chicken skewers with dip
Paleo-Friendly & Gluten Free Chicken Kabobs by
Vegan and Vegetarian sliders
Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly Black Eyed Peas Sliders by
potato wedges
Spicy Potato Wedges by

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Host a Champagne and Desserts Birthday Party

Jonathan Adler vase, C Wonder Pom Poms, Michael Aram Coral Frame

For my mom’s 55th birthday, she decided to gather her ten closest friends and make a girls trip to NYC. On the agenda: fancy dinners, Broadway shows, and even night clubs, but I wanted to make sure to throw some sort of FH element into the mix. I decided the perfect way todo so would be to host a Pre-Theatre Happy Hour – with a gorgeous champagne and desserts spread at Chateau FH for the ladies to enjoy.

To make it extra special I added some personalized touches. Since Moet & Chandon Rose Champagne was on the menu, I loved the idea of custom straws to enhance my bar area. I found an amazing Etsy shop called Sheppardely that made hand calligraphied ones that could be tailored to say whatever you want, so I ordered two sets. On the first set  I had “Leslie’s 55th” on the one side and her birth date on the other. On the second set I had them write “Party Time” on both sides. Mixed together, they were beyond cute!

On my dessert table, which I displayed front and center on my coffee table, I put together a cupcake tower using the most adorable mini cupcakes by Baked by Melissa accompanied by a glass full of C. Wonder Pom Poms. The pom poms were more for show since there weren’t any cocktails to mix. I then took mini Michael Aram picture frames and used them as buffet labels. In my entryway I filled the frames with labels that read “Leslie’s Birthday Bash,” a perfect photo opp.

The evening was an absolute success! The women had a blast sipping champagne and loved the bite size treats, while the decor couldn’t have been more adorable – it was 100% an FH approved soiree!

Birthday Party DecorationsColorful PeoniesBaked By Melissa Cupcake TreeMini Birthday Party DessertsMacaron Cake Stand DisplayMoet & Chandon Rose Champagne on IceAint No Party Like a Champagne PartyPelegrino and Water DisplayCustom Straws from EtsySistersAmanda Saiontz Gluck and Melissa Saiontz LuseCustom Birthday Striped Straws On my coffee table: Jonathan Adler Charade Tiered Studded Vase with an assortment of Peonies, C. Wonder Pom Pom Drink StirrersMichael Aram coral mini framesand a large cake stand filled with Baked by Melissa Cupcakes. Then at the Bar, was a Champagne Party Foil Art Print alongside a bucket of Moet & Chandon Champagne and a display of  Custom Straws.

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