Dust off the picnic blankets, fire up the grill, and let the summer breeze carry your worries away as you prepare to embark on a journey of effortless and unforgettable summer gatherings with your cherished friends.
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Here are five fun and easy ideas for your gathering, ideal for summertime and sparkling wine.
Blooms & Bubbles Brunch
Host a garden party brunch where you can take advantage of the beautiful summer weather. Set up a charming outdoor space with floral decorations and comfortable seating. Serve a variety of brunch dishes like quiches, pastries, fresh fruit, and salads. Offer a selection of sparkling wine cocktails, such as mimosas or Bellinis, along with chilled bottles of bubbly.
- Beverage Ideas: Mimosas (orange juice and sparkling wine), Bellinis (peach puree and sparkling wine), chilled bottles of Une Femme bubbly.
- Snacks/Food Pairings: Quiches, pastries, fresh fruit platters, salads with light vinaigrette, finger sandwiches, mini pancakes or waffles with toppings like berries and whipped cream.
- Decor Ideas: Floral centerpieces, colorful table linens, hanging lanterns or fairy lights, fresh flower arrangements, vintage teacups and saucers.
Bubbly & Brie Celebration
Arrange a wine and cheese tasting event in your living room or outdoor patio. Prepare a selection of artisanal cheeses, crackers, and fruits that pair well with sparkling wine. Provide tasting notes and encourage guests to sample different combinations. Offer a range of sparkling wine options for guests to explore and enjoy - you can include both The Betty Sparkling Brut and The Callie Sparkling Rosé.
- Beverage Ideas: Any sparkling or non-sparkling wine of your choice. Be sure to have a variety of options.
- Snacks/Food Pairings: Assorted artisanal cheeses (brie, camembert, goat cheese, gouda, etc.), crusty bread or crackers, grapes, figs, nuts (almonds, walnuts), dried fruits.
- Decor Ideas: Rustic wooden serving boards, cheese labels, wine glass charms, wine barrels or wine-themed decor, small chalkboards for tasting notes.
Fizz & Fixins' Mixer
Transform your kitchen or bar area into a DIY cocktail bar where guests can experiment and create their own sparkling wine cocktails. Provide various mixers like fruit purees, juices, and bitters, along with garnishes such as fresh herbs, citrus slices, and edible flowers. Offer a selection of sparkling wines for guests to mix and match with their preferred ingredients. Have a contest at the end to judge who created the yummiest summer cocktail!
- Beverage Ideas: Variety of sparkling wines, fruit purees (strawberry, peach, mango), citrus juices (orange, grapefruit), flavored liqueurs (elderflower, raspberry), soda water or tonic water.
- Snacks/Food Pairings: Gourmet cheese and charcuterie boards, cocktail-themed appetizers (mini skewers, bruschetta, crostini), olives, nuts, popcorn.
- Decor Ideas: Colorful cocktail shakers and mixing tools, fresh fruits for garnishes, drink recipe cards, quirky coasters, personalized cocktail napkins.
Sip & Sunset Affair
Host an elegant evening gathering to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Set up a cozy outdoor seating area with string lights and soft cushions. Serve refreshing summer appetizers like seafood bites, bruschetta, or gourmet finger foods. Showcase sparkling wine by offering a variety of chilled bottles, including sparkling rosé and sparkling wine cocktails, as guests mingle and enjoy the view.
- Beverage Ideas: Sparkling rosé, sparkling wine cocktails (e.g., Aperol Spritz, French 75), chilled bottles of champagne.
- Snacks/Food Pairings: Seafood bites (shrimp cocktail, crab cakes), bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and basil, caprese skewers, gourmet sliders, mini fruit tarts.
- Decor Ideas: String lights or fairy lights, lanterns or candles, cozy blankets or cushions, beach or nautical-themed decor, sunset-colored table linens.
Sparkles & Sweets Soirée
Plan a sweet-themed gathering where sparkling wine is paired with delicious desserts. Create a dessert buffet with a selection of treats like cupcakes, macarons, mini tarts, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Provide various wine glasses for guests to sample different sparkling wines alongside their dessert choices. Have fun with it - candy & wine should both bring a smile to everyone's face!
- Beverage Ideas: Sparkling wines, sparkling wine cocktails with fruity flavors.
- Snacks/Food Pairings: Cupcakes, macarons, mini tarts (fruit, chocolate, or custard-filled), chocolate-covered strawberries, petite fours, dessert shooters.
- Decor Ideas: Dessert stands or tiers, candy jars or apothecary jars filled with treats, gold or silver accents, fairy lights, a backdrop with hanging paper fans or honeycomb balls