dinner party

Dinner Party Calligraphy

Dinner Party Calligraphy

Before my last dinner party, I took a few minutes to work on a few small details. I pulled out my calligraphy kit from a workshop I attended to make place cards and a menu. These little additions were the perfect finishing touches, making the dinner table seem so put together.

Dinner Party Calligraphy

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Cheese Party

Tips for throwing a perfect cheese party | Dressed In OrangeOne of my favorite things to do is host dinner parties.  Nothing beats sharing good food and drinks with close and new friends.  My apartment is hosting a guest this Labor Day weekend, so what better excuse to throw a dinner party?  Hosting a dinner party doesn’t need to be stressful or elaborate.  A no-cook appetizer, light main course, and simple dessert kept this hostess out of the kitchen.  My favorite part of the night was starting with a large cheese board, charcuterie platter, and some wine I picked up in Calistoga.

Cheese board | Dressed In Orange

A few notes on serving a great cheese board:

  • Mix animals (goat, sheep, and cow milk cheeses), textures (hard and soft), colors, and ages (fresh and aged cheeses).
  • Charcuterie:  Add cured meats like salami and prosciutto.
  • Add sweet and salty elements.  I served my board with roasted cashews, olives, dried apricots, and figs drizzled with honey.
  • Serve with toasted baguette rounds and crackers.  I put out a small dish of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping as well.
  • You should have a variety of knives for soft and hard cheeses.  Multiple knives also make it easier for several guests to serve themselves at the same time.
  • Bring all cheeses to room temperature before serving (about 1 hour).  This makes the cheese easier to cut and brings out the full flavor.  Keep the cheese covered while bringing to room temperature to keep them from drying out.

Charcuterie plate | Dressed In Orange

Baguette rounds | Dressed In Orange

Minimal effort, yet crowd-pleasing.  What other elements do you like to include on your cheese boards?