My best friend and her fiance threw a day-after Christmas, re-gifting party this year on December 26th. It was a mimosa and brunch party that started at 10:30 in the morning and everyone had to re-wrap and bring the worst present they received for Christmas for a white elephant gift exchange. The food was delicious as always (she is a great cook) and the mimosas were flowing. But my favorite part of the party was the gift exchange. Our friends got some very strange gifts for Christmas this year and we had a great time unwrapping and stealing them from each other. Our friend Matt apparently didn’t get the memo and brought an unopened pound of Starbucks Christmas blend and Troy and I were lucky enough to bring it home. :) I won’t tell you what the other gift we got stuck with was…It’s best if no one ever sees it…
For my 26th birthday this year I decided to throw a wine tasting party at my house. I invited about 20 of my closest friends and bought some wine. Well, a lot of wine.
My sister-in-law gave us three wine barrels that we were going to use for planters in our backyard. Before cutting them in half we realized they would be perfect for the party! I cleaned them up a little, covered them with fabric fall leaves, and placed snacks and wine on them in different places throughout the house.
For food we had nuts (in large wine glasses), pretzels with macadamia nut mustard, salami and crackers, olives, bread with jalapeno olive oil and pomegranate balsamic vinegar, brie with pesto wrapped in baked dough with crackers and lots of grapes!
We played a blind wine tasting game that a friend gave me a few years back. We placed 10 bottles of wine in numbered bags and everyone wrote down tasting notes and tried to guess what they were drinking. This game way much harder than I imagined, but super fun!
For dessert we had port with lemon and red velvet cake pops (not homemade, I bought them here and they were delicious!) We also had brownie bites and chocolate pirouettes (from Costco).
We set up a tri-pod with my camera on a timer so people could take their own photos, like our own little photo booth.