In this post: If you’ve ever had unexpected guests drop by, you’ll love these easy entertaining tips for pulling together an impromptu wine and cheese party.⇒
Last weekend the phone rang.
An old friend was in the neighborhood and wanted to stop by. I was delighted to see her and said “sure, come on over!” Then I went to the refrigerator to see what snacks I could serve.
There was a half bagel, 2 lemons and some left over pad thai from 3 days ago. I was mortified!
Well, ok, there were a few more things, but nothing that could readily be put together into a cohesive spread of hors d’oeuvres.
If it was my brother, I’d just take out the pad thai and let him dig into the container. But this was someone I hadn’t seen in a long time. I needed to get creative.
Step one was to take out a bottle of wine. I figured serving drinks would cover a multitude of sins. We have a wine fridge and always keep wine chilled and ready to serve. This was a good place to start.
Next I pulled out my prettiest goblets and this inspired me to style a lovely presentation. What it lacked in substance, I’d make up for in visuals.
I was now on a roll and this drove me to take a closer look at what we had on hand. There were some grapes in the produce bin. And a package of crackers. And finally an epiphany… I had some cheese!
Not really the selection I’d gather if I was planning this in advance, but enough to munch on with a glass of wine. A mini wine and cheese party. Now we were in business.
I pulled out my prettiest cheese tray and some vintage accessories. An antique marmalade jar, some mother-of-pearl spreaders, a tiny silver tray and a cheese knife or two.
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Fortunately, I always have fresh flowers in the house. I buy them with my groceries and they make me smile.
I took apart my arrangement and cradled the stems in a white embroidered napkin, then draped them over the side of the cheese tray to cover for the fact that I had way more tray than cheese.
Once I plattered the cheeses, I would fill in with grapes and crackers. This whole thing took me all of ten minutes. I was left wondering why do I ever get stressed with complicated hors d’oeuvres?
My lovely little wine and cheese party was perfect for this impromptu occasion.
If you’re like me, you probably over-plan when entertaining. But I learned from this experience that a little bit of cheese and wine (or really whatever you have on hand) can go a long way when presented beautifully to your guests.
It’s kind of like wrapping a simple present in an amazing package… 😉
So next time a long lost friend calls and they’re in the neighborhood, go ahead and invite them over. I’m sure you can do better than a half eaten carton of pad thai!
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