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Maybe I'm just looking for an excuse to throw a party. Or maybe I think my mom friends could use a little break. Whatever the reason, I've been making it a goal of mine to plan some low-key parties at my house. Spring is the perfect time for pink wine. And hosting a rose wine tasting party doesn't need to be difficult, especially with the help of the Chinet® Cut Crystal® collection. Follow these easy ideas for a low stress party idea with everyone's favorite spring drink!
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Hosting a Rosé Wine Tasting Party at Home
Hosting people in your home can seem like a lot of work, but I like to think of myself as an expert level corner cutter. I don't see the need to make all the food from scratch. And who really wants to do dishes when you're done? I recently hosted a rose tasting party for 5 mom friends. Sometimes we forget that our friends are grateful for the invitation and aren't there to judge our hosting skills. I always try to make sure that I am attending to their needs, as a good hostess should. But I think food tastes the same whether it is served on china or a disposable plate. And your mom friends are just happy to not have to help anyone go to the bathroom. If we're honest, their expectations are probably set pretty low.
I decided to do a blind tasting with rosé for this party. With spring just around the corner, it just felt right. And a girlfriend had been telling me that she found a dupe for our favorite (and a little bit pricey) rosé. This was the perfect time to see if I thought it was close without trying to make it close so I could save a few dollars. I kept the table pretty simple, with pops of blue to go with the pretty pinks. And since I always love to bring a little bit of humor to my parties, I printed out “rosé cleanse” to decorate the wall. That is my kind of cleanse!
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What truly kept the party easy was the Chinet Cut Crystal collection. It's a fully coordinated line of disposable tableware that is sturdy and stylish. Using these recyclable plastic cups, plates and silverware meant that it was super convenient to clean up after the party too! And they are the only premium line of disposable products that sell a stemless wineglass, which, of course, was perfect for my rose wine tasting. I'm a wine lover but hadn't really explored rosé yet. And a blind tasting is easy to put together. I purchased inexpensive burlap wine bags which meant I didn't have to scrub off the wine labels. I simply printed out numbers to hang on the bottle necks so we could remember which wines we had tasted and make notes about them. I decided that 5 brands of rosé was a good number to taste. I used a planter that I already had as one of my ice buckets (note to self: permanently plug the drainage hole before next time. I'm not sure if you know this, because I apparently forgot, ice melts…).Since I hosted my wine tasting party on a Sunday afternoon, I didn't need to serve a lot of food. I served a simple salad (one that doesn't require anything more than opening some packages) in the Chinet Cut Crystal 14 oz. tumbler. It made it so easy to serve, easy to eat and even easier to clean up! We really only needed to use the Chinet Cut Crystal forks for this party but I put out a few of knives just in case. Some fresh herbs were the perfect thing to top a simple goat cheese log (or you can try this goat cheese appetizer with rose petals! It's also a favorite!). And I even purchased pre-cut crostini to eat it on. I love to spend time with my friends, but I hate how long it can take to prep for entertaining. I'm always on the lookout for time savers and easy recipes to serve that don't take too much effort. I served it on a Chinet Cut Crystal dinner plate which meant I didn't have to wash this serving plate either! Rose tasting is fun, but you always need to make sure you're hydrated. There is nothing fun about feeling terrible the next day, especially when you have to get the kids off to school. I set out plenty of water and Chinet Cut Crystal 9 oz. tumblers to make a self-serve area. I dressed up the water with some fresh fruit which is really a game changer. Cutting up a few pieces of fruit takes next to no time at all and instantly makes your guests feel pampered. It might me one of my greatest party hacks!
I fell in love with the Chinet Cut Crystal stemless wine glasses! The clear swirl pattern makes them super elegant but totally tossable! I loved having actual wine glasses for the rose tasting but not having to worry about having glass. My party space is really small and there are not very many places to set things down. Using plastic cups made it stress free. The wine probably helped lower the stress a bit too…
These cute pink napkins were the perfect thing to pair with the other disposable tableware. I kept the decor really simple for this party, because again, keeping things simple does not mean your guests will have less fun. I sprinkled in some fresh flowers (with pretty pinks, of course) and rose quartz pieces that I had already. I wanted a contrast to all the pink so I picked up this curtain panel, with a pretty blue pattern, to mix with it. When the guests arrived, they felt totally spoiled by the set up. As a mom, it's the most luxurious feeling ever! to spend an hour or so with other mom friends and no kids around. Some liked wine more than others which was part of the fun. Some drank more than others but EVERYONE had a fantastic time! I purchased these printable wine tasting cards on Etsy for $5 and it was such a great idea to have them! Not only did they match with the spring vibe I was going for, but it was fun to bring out my inner wine critic and see which wines I liked best! Not everyone used them and that's totally fine. I never really like to have an activity when I'm entertaining because some guests will legitimately just want to sit and chat. I never want them to feel pressure to participate if they don't want to. But it was fun to compare notes with those who wanted to find a new rosé to love. I have a ridiculous sweet tooth so I made sure to have some easy, tasty treats available. I used mismatched white bowls and the Chinet Cut Crystal spoons so people could serve themselves. The cutlery comes in a “host-ready” container. I love the concept of them being sold in the same container you can display them in! I love a brand who knows convenience and looks are super important to a good party hostess.
This party was really fun, and super easy to plan. I found a few new rosés to add to my favorites list and think I helped a few others moms find some new favorites too. And I already know that I will be taking these Chinet Cut Crystal stemless wine glasses with me on vacation. Nobody wants to wash dishes on vacation…While I didn't serve a full meal, I put the larger dinner size Chinet Cut Crystal plates out just in case anyone wanted to load up on snacks. I thought it might also be a great way to serve some snacks and still have a space to set your wine glass down and free up a hand since we didn't eat around a table. The Chinet Cut Crystal dessert sized plates were perfect for the fresh veggies with dip and goat cheese with crostini I served (don't forget to also put out a gluten-free cracker option just in case!).
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