WINE 101

Take The Stress Out Of Party Planning

If you’re hoping to celebrate the end of summer by throwing a party for your closest friends and family this coming long weekend, bear in mind that the stress of planning such affairs can become immobilizing. Ensuring a large group is fed, watered and entertained can be a lot of work for one host, and the stakes are only raised when it comes time for the holidays. Thankfully, the following party hacks can make it easier for any woman to prepare for the best party; they’ll make the day more streamlined, and might even allow you to enjoy yourself at your own event without waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Put The Whole Household To Work

If your partner or children will be joining in the festivities, you’re completely within your right to ask for a helping hand! They can help to clean up, decorate, fetch supplies or groceries and can even help set the dining area(s) so there’s one less thing for you to worry about. If they’re half decent in the kitchen, it’s never too late to enlist the help of another cook for food prep.


Keep The Food As Simple As Possible

Speaking of food, stick to what you know as larger scale occasions are not the most opportune moments for experimentation. Making a challenging or completely unfamiliar dish can draw attention from the other aspects there are to consider. If you do want to include something special like a dessert or distinct appetizer – have it catered; it can always be ordered later, giving your mind the space to focus on what needs to get done first.

Have Your Alcohol And Wine Delivered

The stress of standing in line at the LCBO the day before it closes for a long weekend can be anxiety inducing; alleviate this hassle by ordering your wine over the internet from retailers like Wine Online. You’ll have access to some of the best quality selections and they’ll even deliver it right to your door. When you find a wine store online you can see wine profiles and reviews and your’e sure to find a bottle that will compliment the late summer, early fall atmosphere you’re looking to create.

A crisp white for example that pairs well with breads, cured meats, rich fish, soft cheese and white meats is the Barahonda Blanco by Señorio de Barahonda, vintage 2016. This Spanish white from Yelca offers intense aromas followed by freshness and elegance on the palate, and it finishes with characteristic green fruits. It is perfect for cutting through the boldness of savoury, autumn inspired hor d’oeuvres.

Planning an end-of-the-season get together does not have to feel nerve-wracking. All you have to do is solicit help from loved ones, fallback on what you know, and trust the professionals to make the delivery, and the pairing of food and drink simpler. When you stop feeling like you have to do it all on your own, you’ll be more inclined to enjoy your own event, rather than worrying about every detail.


by Andrea Smith

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