Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Entertaining - Cheese and Wine (or grape juice)

Better Homes and Gardens

Anytime is a good time to throw a party or have your close friends and family over. You don't need to break the bank to provide a lavish spread every time you want people over. I think a cheese and wine party is a wonderful way to have food for your guests but do so on a budget. You might hear the word wine and think "there goes my grocery bill right now" or "what if I don't drink alcoholic beverages". Not a problem.

A great place to buy good and inexpensive wine is Costco. The same wine that my husband and I drink at restaurants we can find at Costco for less than $10. If you don't drink alcoholic beverages I would suggest finding a delicious cider recipe or substitute club soda for the alcohol in your mixed drink recipes. Sparkling grape juice is yummy and still gives the pretty bottle appearance you may be wanting on your table.

Steve Giralt

One of the wonderful things about a wine and cheese party is that the food serves as beautiful decoration as well. Just look at the clumps of juicy grapes, bowels of plump figs and plates of cheese. Many of these things can be bought weeks in advance so you are not overwhelmed with a large bill as the party nears. This would be a wonderful party to hold on Halloween if you did not want to celebrate with costumes and candy. Celebrate the time of harvest and beautiful friendships.

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