The festivities began when I hosted a wine tasting party for my daughter's 34th birthday. We had 11 guests. I joined a wine club to earn frequent flyer miles and received nine bottles of wines that would not otherwise be available to me here at the grocery stores in Montana. We printed wine tasting etiquette cards as well as tips on why wines were boldest, etc. then we made a game for the women to try to guess which unlabeled wine was a merlot, a cab, a Shiraz, etc. I didn't realize I knew so much about wines and tasting! Hiccup!
A platter of the mini cheesecake bites I made. Luckily this is Montana so I was able to make ahead many items and store them in my car for a day or two!
Cheese, tomatoe, pepperoni and olive spears.
I made at least six different appetizer platters, too. Some of the treats were phyllo wrapped asparagus, bruschetta, and salad filled pasta shells.
For the neighborhood party, we served beer, wine, and more appetizers. We entertained seven couples. It as really fun and gives us a nice feeling knowing our neighbors a bit better.
I went to the local St Vincent de Paul and found six vintage aluminum serving trays for a whopping $22!!