'Tis the season for holiday entertaining... endless cookie plates, appetizers, and wine!
We finished construction on our new house in March and haven't had a chance to host an official house warming party yet. We decided that Christmas was the perfect time to welcome our friends, family, and neighbors over for a good old fashioned Holiday Open House.
Our guests loved sampling all the different Gloria Ferrer Sparkling wines. Our favorite was the 2006 Royal Cuvee. It paired perfectly with my favorite appetizer Brie En Croute- a Paula Deen recipe of brie topped with toasted walnuts and cinnamon, baked in a puff pastry. Absolutely delicious!
The night was so successful that our friends and family have deemed us the official hosts of this party next year. Good wine, good food, and good friends and family make beautiful memories.
If holiday hosting stresses you out, here are a few tips:
1. Invitations (whether emailed, mailed, or word of mouth) are extremely important. The more information you provide your guests ahead of time, the less questions you will get before the party.
2. Stay organized. Write lots of to-do lists as well as grocery lists so that you are not running out to the store 30 minutes before your party starts.
3. Accept help. If guests ask what they can bring to the party, graciously accept and offer some suggestions.
4. Know your guests dietary needs so everyone feels welcome and can enjoy your food and drinks.
5. Relax, enjoy the party. Hosting duties are a constant job, but try to have fun and enjoy your guests too!
Gloria Ferrer provided the sparkling wines and other freebies for my party. All opinions are mine.