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I see you fall and I raise you a glass of Chardonnay with some seasonal flair.
Entertaining guests during the fall and winter is the bees knees, y’all. Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving and fall soirees of all kinds are in our realm and I couldn’t more pumped about it! This is prime time for the hostess with the mostess. As part of my hostess role I thought it only fitting I own a gold bar cart, so naturally I purchased one a few years back to up my hostess game a bit. When I first purchased the bar cart I assumed I would bring it out for events and leave it in the spare room when it wasn’t in use, I was so wrong. My bar cart makes an appearance at almost every gathering I host or co-host and it’s a permanent fixture in our home. I showcase it’s versatility by having it hold my record player and favorite records in the dining room and of course I keep it stocked with seasonal decor and add in adult sips when we play our hosting gig. Today I’m going to walk you though filling a small display with decor, appetizer platters and wine with ease and style. Get details on how to set up a wine cart for seasonal entertaining below AND learn about a new wine that will inspire you to turn up the jazz and classical songs!
When creating a spread on your wine cart there should be a balance of sweet, salty, savory and tasty. Let’s talk about my favorite type of appetizer- small sweets!
Let the girl who loves cake share with you that you don’t always have to bake or showcase a tall dramatic cake when entertaining. For this let’s leave the fancy cake for dessert and concentrate on light snacks and sweets. To make sure I fit in that sweet tooth craving I opted for a small fruit tart, fresh fruit and pieces of dark chocolate. This sweets arrangement gives your guests the option to pair their wine with fruit, a tart pie slice or just a piece of chocolate. You’ve covered your bases in the sweet appetizer department here.
Time saving tip: purchase a small fruit tart at your local grocery along with a package of strawberries. Spread the fresh fruit around the tart for a bolder presentation that only takes minutes to create with no baking involved.
Let me introduce you to a few of my besties. Meet Brie, Mozzarella, Goat and Sharp. They’re also good friends with pepperoni so I made sure they all got the wine cart invitation. Each one of these bring a different personality to the party. All cheesy humor aside, this mix of cheese is my go-to. I’m confident you’ll have a cheese on hand that makes each guest say “this is my favorite kind”. Wine and cheese are the ultimate besties so be sure you’re wine cart gets that important memo.
Tip: Place all the cheese on a cake stand and separate them by food flags. Cheese has never looked so fancy!
A topic that is missed often is music. I can’t get enough of jazz and classic tunes playing while we’re entertaining guests or even during big family gatherings. Softer music with a relaxing tone is where it’s at. I agree there’s a time to play more modern music but when playing hostess at dinner parties and wine night gatherings I would stay in the jazz lane. This print is one of my most favorites and gives homage to the classical music genre (10 points if you get the reference) and it’s a great quote to live by. Just when I think things are excellent I’m reminded the best is yet to come when I walk by this sign. Music goes PERFECT with our wine selection… more on that below.
Tip: Consider vinyl, it’s a great way to stay true to the environment you’ve created for your guests. Some nights the husband and I opt for vinyl records instead of any other type of background sound and it’s relaxing.
Sometimes when I walk into the wine store I feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the options and I’m sure I’m not alone with that feeling. Notable Wines highlights their flavor profiles on the front of their bottle so I’m not searching long and hard for flavor details, making wine selecting that much easier. We jumped right into the Oaky and Buttery Chardonnay this weekend while entertaining family and we will be bringing Fruity and Crisp Chardonnay to another upcoming fall celebration.
Remember how I mentioned music tied into our wine? How fabulous are these wine bottles? They totally speak my language and make it that much easier to add music naturally into the hostess checklist. Classic tunes, Notable wine and appetizers are the BEST way to welcome guests for fall festivities and gatherings.
I prefer to let the food and drink do 90% of the decorating. I love decorating for fall so I pulled a few pieces from my home and added them into the cart display. I suggest gold with touches of orange, yellow and brown staying true to the season but put importance on adding in a bold pop too. The mint cake stand display offers the perfect pop to a slightly muted display. Don’t be afraid to add in a bold color, it will be a bit more subtle looking once the entire display is complete.
Tip: Don’t add decorative accents until you’ve placed all your food/appetizers out. Decorations do best when they are plugged in naturally throughout, not when they’re the star forcing the true star (our wine and apps) to fight for the spotlight.
Now you have all the things you need to create a wine cart for fall entertaining. If you create a fall spread on your bar cart send me photo or tag me on social media, I must see!
Cheers and happy entertaining, friends.
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