Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wine & Cheese Soiree

During the holiday season, hosting a Wine and Cheese Soiree is a simple and easy way to entertain. Choose several wines to complement the cheeses and crudites you will be serving. Make sure you are playing festive holiday tunes to keep the atmosphere lively!

Lime green and hot pink are the colors I chose for this tablescape on the sideboard. Label your cheese selections with fleur de lis cheese tiles, available at http://www.tableandhome.com/. I found the cute hot pink tree at C. J. Lilly and Company in Collierville, Tennessee. The Christmas tree is sitting inside a fleur de lis pewter urn and surrounded by a bed of lime green and hot pink paper shred. It is crowned at the top with lime green festive picks and ribbon. The ornaments are silver, hot pink, and lime green. (This tree is also perfect for you Lilly lovers out there). The embroidered linens were a gift from my friend Kerry Scott. Kerry was a Flight Attendant with Delta Airlines and was laid off after the September 11th tragedy. Since that time, she started her own business, embroidering children's products (burp pads and bibs), pillows, and fine linens. She is located in Hernando, Mississippi and you can visit Kerry online at Hanging By A Thread.

Now y'all, I simply must include some fondue etiquette because I know some of y'all have committed a fondue faux pas:

~Use your fondue fork to spear a bite-size morsel of food, then dip and swirl it into the cheese.

~Hold your fork over the cheese, allowing any excess to drip back into the pot. You can also bring your plate up under the bite to avoid dripping as well.

~Slide the piece of food off your fondue fork onto your plate, and eat with a dinner fork.

~Never dip food into a fondue pot with your fingers--you could spread germs or burn yourself.


Wine & Cheese Soiree Tablescape

Crudites, Cheese, and Fondue

Cheese Trays

Hot pink tree complements the table...

Party favors for the guests--mini wine bottles with bows & bells...
Thank you for visiting with me today.

38 comments:

Mrs. Newlywed said...

those cocktail napkins are fabulous!

Shelia said...

Good morning, Miss Janice, Most All Knowing One! lol This is great and I love the colors of pink and green together. Now, Darling, I know it's Christmas time and we all get a little stressed, I love you and hate to tell you this, but it's only Monday...not Tuesday! Tuesday is tomorrow, Darling. I care about you and that is why I'm telling you! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

tardevil said...

Love all the pink & green, especially the tree. We have one similar, but I think I'm going to get a green bow after seeing how good it looks on yours!

Lady Katherine said...

The cocktail napkins are great. I love that tree! The serveing tray with the pink ribbon woven through is lovely. I love the small bottles of wine is so festive, and a great idea. Hubby had go to heart unit, been there for while, I got to go run and look at CB, they were out, just a couple of plates, so waited, Got home from hospital and on my table all wrapped for Christmas were, boxes and boxes, my brother and wife went and found this, 8 piece set of peppermint plates,8 desert plates,Gingerbread teapot in one, gingerbread cream and sugar in one, 8 gingerbread boy and girl cups, set of salt and pepper shakers. I am blessed and very happy! I will get it all out, and try to add more when Hubby is feeling better. Thank you for the information, and I love that you wrote about how to place and slide the fondue on your plate, simple etiquette, that is great to know. My Hubby needs this one,lol, but right now I just glad to have him! I am truely blessed this day!

Jan and Tom's Place said...

*stomping feet*

I know that's NOT proper etiquette, but, I wasn't INVITED!!!

*whining*

LOL!!!

Everything looks so pretty and delicious. I wish I could have been there!!!

~Blessings,
Jan

a. said...

I love the whole spread - tree, napkins, etc.

I was at the office holiday party on Friday night and there were people that could definitely have made use of your holiday party etiquette post beforehand - especially those wearing the revealing or inappropriate outfits.

Kara said...

Hello Missy,
Loved the whole theme. The pink and green truely look Christmas'y and I would never have thougt to try that.
Love that Kerry Scott. I see her products 'everywhere'. Such talent, you and her should hold regional seminars together..

Love ya bunches!

CIELO said...

The House in the Roses is having a party!... Come to the “World of Treasures” and show your lovely treasures... Come see!

Cielo

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh Janice, how pretty!! I adore that tree and the plate with the Bow? omg, I have to have one :)! everything looks beautiful as always, you are so talented!

Hugs, Cynthia

Glenda said...

Everything is very attractive and I particularly like the cheese tray shaped like a tree for this time of year.

Tootsie said...

I love pink and green together! and those napkins are great!

salmagundi said...

I've never been to a fondue party, but was curious about the forks. I knew you must not eat off the one that dipped. Thanks for the lesson. The table is beautiful. Sally

Lori said...

Hello Miss Janice. . .The colors were a great choice. It was elegant and unique. You have such wonderful ideas.

Lori

Bo said...

Hi Miss Janice...so elegant and inviting...the colors make a pretty sideboard evem more so!
;-) Bo

profenretraite said...

Good evening Miss Janice...I love your wine and cheese party! Fondue is still one of my favorites and I have my beautiful pewter fondue pot from 1974...so I may have to invite a few friends over for a bite. Your decorations are so festive!...Debbie

Stacey said...

How fun! I love the party idea. You thought of every cute little detail.

Sorry though, I can see Shelia's comments and I can not stop laughing!!

Shelia said...

Hi Janice! I was just teasing you! When you prepare a post, look at the bottom of your post and above the publish post button and you should see "post options". click on this and you can change the date you want this to post and also the time. I do this all the time. Surely hope this will help you!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Ha....that Shelia is a tease! :-) She makes me laugh. I love your green and pink...one of my favorite color combinations. Janice, folks must be knocking each other over to get to your parties because you have the most splendid soriees! I just love all your creativity. I wish I could remember one teenth of all the etiquette that you know! :-) Off to bed for me...great TT post! :-) Susan

Lynne said...

Oh what a fabulous post.. I love the hot pink and green tree. The cocktail napkin is just the greatest. I'm so glad I discovered your blog...hugs ~lynne~

ceekay said...

You know, you are killing me with all your tables and ideas. Don't you need a pre tester or something? I love those napkins and I am crazy for the color scheme. Ok, I will try to relax...that is, until next week!

Rue said...

Good morning Miss Janice :)

Is it wrong to crave fondue this early in the day? LOL

Everything looks beautiful and I love the pink and green together :)

rue

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

How fun Janice! Love the color scheme & that tree is darling!

Melissa Miller said...

This is the neatest tablescape!
Is that a pink ribbon intertwined through the plate? So clever and gorgeous. Love the wine with bows as well.
Beautiful Miss Janice.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Good Morning, Janice! Beautiful set-up! The colors are fun and whimsical, yet still oh, so classy! ~Rhonda :)

PAT said...

Hello Miss Janice

The pink and green tree is beautiful. Wonderful wine and cheese scape.

Lovely Tablescape Tuesday contribution!

Nancy said...

OOOh Thank you Miss Janice for posting such a wonderful Soiree! I love the colors that was used. Thank you also for all the wonderful Etiquette "lessons" we recieve from you, I enjoy reading them and now I can reference back to them when I need to. Hope you getting settled in your home for the Holidays. Blessings, Nancy

Deb said...

Very lovely, food and wine! What a very lovely setting for a party! I just love the tree. Deb

laurie said...

So pretty, and delicious looking. Love those darling favors. laurie

Liz said...

So cute! We do fondue every New Years. I love the pink and green. It just POPS!

~Liz

Meghan said...

Hmm..I have been looking for some ideas for my party I am hosting on the 21st for just the girls!

Thanks!

ellen b. said...

I really love the colors you chose for your soiree! Love the little touches!!

niartist said...

Look at that wine party set up! I'm just in love with that pink tree, how clever!? I'm new to your blog - by way of Sheila at notesongs. I'm so happy to have found it ... off to see more!

Envoy-ette said...

Your guest get a wine bottle! I want to come and cheese it up too! Happy Tuesday!

BRAT girl said...

I too love pink & green. That's one cute party! :)

Sincerely Yours said...

Morning Miss Janice!! I do hope people pay attention to this post especially fondue etiquette! I avoid dips at large gatherings just because people don't think!!lol Thank you for all the very useful info you provide! I enjoy reading and seeing if I'm making mistakes!!!lol (or should I say how many mistakes?!) Have a great day - Sincerely, Jeannette

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Good Morning Miss Janice. Can I just say again that I love your blog? It's always so informative, pretty and fun.

White Iris Designs said...

I love your tree, that would be wonderful in my kitchen!
This is my first visit to your blog, I enjoyed it very much!

Ronda said...

I'm sorry, but I couldn't find the cheese tiles on the website you posted. What section would they be under? Thank-you.