When I set up drinks and food for any party, I try to keep them in separate areas so neither table becomes too crowded. I placed the wine in the dining room and the food on my kitchen island. We ended up congregating around the food, although I had the living room ready for seating!
Everyone brought white wine, but I did have a place for red wine.
I went ahead and attached the wine charms to the glasses. I only have six regular glasses left after some casualties, so I also put out glasses from wine tastings we have done.
I also filtered some water in a pitcher and tried to float some lemon slices on top, but they sank to the bottom. I arranged it all on a little tray and added some fall floral stems to a wine glass to dress it up a bit.
Here is the complete setup! I also included a place mat at the last minute because I wasn't sure how my table would react to water drips from the ice tub.
I only made a few appetizers, and everyone said they enjoyed them. I planned finger foods so the ladies wouldn't have too many things to juggle.
This was my menu:
1. Tomato Mozzarella Skewers: I wish I had not frozen all of my basil, because I think the skewers would have been even better with a basil leaf. Instead, I just sprinkled a little dry parsley on the plate to add a little garnish.
2. Spinach and Feta Cups: I mixed together some chopped spinach (thawed with the water squeezed out), 8 oz. of feta cheese, and 4 oz. of cream cheese, filled some premade phyllo cups, and baked them at 400 degrees for eight minutes. They were popular, but I was going for more of a spinach dip in phyllo cups.
3. Meatballs: I have pinned Incredible Baked Meatballs, and this was the first time I made them. They were delicious; I wanted to take a bite as I was rolling them! I just tried my Pinterest link and it didn't work, so here is the recipe:
1 lb. ground hamburger
2 eggs, beaten with 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 cup panko bread crumbs (I used 1/2 c. regular and 1/2 c. Italian bread crumbs)
1 small onion, minced (I omitted this)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
black pepper to taste
1/4 c. minced fresh basil (I used 2 tsp. of dried basil)
Mix all ingredients with hands. Form into golfball sized meatballs.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
4. Grapes: I went ahead and took them off the stems so it would be easier for my guests to get.
This was the entire setup! I think everyone had a great time and I enjoyed planning and preparing it!