Many people who hit a certain age oftentimes outgrow big house parties or bar hopping. Most of them prefer to get together in small groups and, most of the time, would choose to hang out at home or the home of their closest friends or family members. Mini celebrations are far from boring, especially with great food and wine. So, gather wonderful wine-loving individuals for the small party ideas coming up next.
Get Geared Up
Just before you start declaring your home as the designated party venue:
- Ensure your home is always prepared. Make sure wine cases are ready.
- Stock on supplies like glassware, cheese boards, and flatware. 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. Whether four or ten people share bottles of wine, these small celebrations will constantly feel festive. Be it red or white, Spanish or French; these party ideas will always be a hit.
Intimate and Fancy 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 swanky, choice meats, like lamb ribs that have been oven roasted or slow-cooked, are excellent options. As a host, prepare everything before the first guest comes. You may check here to see offers that can keep your glasses filled. 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 buddies might even be competitive if they bring the same dish. Get everyone to pick 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 dishes for a more sophisticated table setting.
Dessert on the Spotlight
Feast on a light meal and focus 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 selection of French wines pairs well. For light and tart desserts, sweet white wine or Chardonnay will do the trick.
Making Things More Interesting
Buying wine in bulk is still a great tip for small parties. Try to find wine stores that can give you great in-store and online offers, either on mixed cases or by the bottle. If you want to have some party games, you can also give out some bottles as rewards. If you run out, you can order wine gift boxes to send to the winners by post.
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. However, the more you and your buddies learn about wines, you can begin making your own rules. The only rule to bear in mind is to enjoy good food, excellent wine, and great company.