August is the perfect month for backyard parties, and a wine country-themed party is always a winner, no matter where you live. We recently threw a fantastic “wine country style barbeque” for a friend’s birthday – at a location two hours from Napa Valley. Here are a few tips for adding a touch of wine country to your party, wherever it is:
Serve the food family style at casual long tables. Baskets of fresh bread and a few simple flower sprigs from your garden are all you need to create a beautiful, informal table.
For a rustic touch of wine country, use two empty barrels and a plank of wood to create a wine bar.
Create these fun and easy wine cork napkin rings for each placesetting to highlight the “wine country” theme.
Place several open bottles of nice wine along the tables and encourage people to explore the different wines and discover their favorites. After dinner move any unfinished bottles to the wine bar and let people serve themselves as they continue to mix and mingle.