One of the best parties to organize during the winter or holiday season is a dessert, wine, and fondue party. It’s a treat to gather all your friends around this time and celebrate togetherness. This also makes for a unique bridal shower idea if you’re thinking of organizing one for someone who is about to walk down the aisle.
If you’re already warming up to the idea of a dessert, wine, and fondue party, here’s how to plan it.
- Research about wines first and foremost. You, like many people, are already familiar with desserts and fondues but wines are a different matter. Research about the kind of wines that complement sweets. Canada’s ice wines such as Vidal Blanc and Cabernet Franc should be staples to this type of party. St. Supery Moscato 2007 with its burst of heavenly peach ripeness will surely elicit oohhs and aahhs from your guests. These wines start at $23.00 to $90.00 a bottle. Pricey but so worth it. If you want to serve wine with a grapey bouquet, try Reisling.
- Purchase the desserts. The great thing about planning this type of party is that there’s no pressure on your part to slave over a stove or spend so much knowing that you already have to splurge a bit on the wines. Bananas, blueberries, strawberries, apples, maraschino cherries, marshmallows, brownies, cupcakes, and soft-dough cookies can all be purchased at the grocer’s or the supermarket. It’s that easy.
- Include cheese and chocolate in the shopping list. About a couple of bags of semi-sweet chocolate (dark and white) and quick-melt cheese will do.
- Get the fondue pots, plates, utensils, and wineglasses out of the cupboard. Your fondue pots don’t have to be the fancy kind. Just the non-stick pans for melting the chocolate and cheese. You can serve these dips in wine glasses.
- Properly store the wine and chill it prior to serving. Place the wine in a bucket filled to the brim with ice. If possible, avoid storing your wine in the fridge. Wines are notorious for absorbing other smells. Various food kept in your fridge might affect the taste and smell of the wine. If you happen to buy your wine days before the party, store it instead in a cool, dark place wrapped in a towel. Store your wine on its side with the label facing up.
- Prepare the dip. Take the bags of chocolate and cheese and melt these in separate pots over slow fire. Time it to cook for 5 minutes only and when any of the mixture bubbles, turn the heat down some more or remove it from the fire until the bubbles dissipate. Stir with a wooden spoon.
- Let the dip settle. Let it warm sufficiently until it is ready for serving. The idea is to serve the dips warm not cold. Pour these on wineglasses for a touch of class.
- Wash the fruits. Do this delicately and arrange these fruits on attractive serving plates. Serve.
- Arrange the desserts. Take the marshmallows, brownies, cupcakes, and soft-dough cookies out of their packaging and arrange as you did the fruits on separate plates.
- Serve the wine. While your guests are having so much fun with the fondue dips and desserts, pop the wine and serve.
Get this party started already. You and your guests are going to have a blast.