I finally tried hosting a tasting party and it was a huge success – I’ll tell you how I did it.
I am constantly looking for ways to have a party. I love getting together with my friends and creating an experience for everyone. I’m already known for my Christmas Cookie Exchange, and last year I hosted my first Tasting Party and it went very well – why wouldn’t it? Who doesn’t like friends and food in combination?
Well, here’s what I did and maybe it will inspire you to put together something even better for your friends and family!
I started with boatloads of small dishes, bowls, glass containers, and servers. I shopped for months looking for the best deals and most interesting shaped pieces. I only purchased white or clear glass because I figured that way I can change the theme and colors of my tasting party decor as the years go by.
This year’s theme was all about sea shells and coral, of which I have quite a bit since I am a Florida resident! I tried to use things I had on hand so I didn’t have to go to any extra expense just to add the decoration. This worked out nicely with all the white and clear glass tasting ware.
I did try to dress things up a bit by creating some interest with my white cloth napkins. To do this simply fold the napkin in half and then in fourths. With the four loose tips towards you, fold the first tip over to touch the opposite corner point. Fold the second tip of it but about an inch lower, do the same with the third and fourth tip. Fold the napkin back in thirds and insert into the glass. When you fold the front tip down over the glass it helps to hold it in place.
With the table set and decorated, I moved to the kitchen to get organized. I had already asked each guest what they were bringing, making sure we had several appetizers, main dishes, a couple sides and desserts. Now I set up the kitchen so when each guest arrived they could divide up their dishes into bite sized “tastes”!
And, what Tasting Party would be complete without the recipes for all the wonderful treats? I made sure to get the recipes from my guests about a week before the even so I had time to transfer them to word documents and dress them up with photos and borders and colored writing…yes, I have no life!
In the end I do believe a good time was had by all. Yes, the food was fun to try and the recipes will be useful in the future, but it was all about getting together with friends and building relationships. You should try it; I guarantee you’ll like it!