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beer braised chicken thighs, lemony potato rounds, green beans
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wine Exchange


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Caprese Bitesspinach basil pesto baked shrimpranch dip with vegetables
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caramelized onion brie and spinach pizzaprosciutto and sausage pizza
mushrooms and peppers pizzaapricot brie & arugula pizza
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I hosted a wine exchange with my girlfriends while C was out of town with the MS150. Everyone was asked to bring two bottles of their favorite wine, one to sip and one to share. I provided reusable wine bags for each person to take home the wine the got in the exchange. We exchanged wines "white elephant" style, but there was no limit to the number of times a wine could be swapped. All the wines were fantastic, so there were no losers in the game. My friend Jen wanted to keep her wine so much, she decided to open it up mid game so we could all enjoy it and so that no one else could steal it. I kept the decorations simple, just vases filled with wine corks and candles. One each placecard there was a space to enter a guess as to how many wine corks were in all the vases, the guesses were all very close and we had three people tie guessing within three corks of the actual number (115!) The winner received a handy electric wine opener as a prize.  I kept the menu very casual. We started with Caprese bites, Pesto baked shrimp and vegetables with ranch dip, followed by the sweet tomato soup from the Secret Recipe Swap. I made six pizzas: caramelized onion, spinach & goat cheese; Prosciutto & sausage; mushrooms & peppers; artichokes & tomatoes; apricot, brie & arugula; and a "supreme" pizza with all the toppings. Dessert was a chocolate cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting. It was a lovely evening with my dearest friends.

Did you notice the absolutely adorable kitchen towels in the pictures?  They were a hostess gift from my talented friend Courtney.  She made them by tracing the header of my blog.  How cool is that!  They are too cute to ever use.
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9 comments:

Heather said...

Looks like it was a wonderful party! The pizzas look delicious and the caramelized onion one sounds especially yummy!

Chrissy said...

What a great idea for a party! I love the simple, yet classy decor and the food looks amazing. I totally want to have a wine exchange party...but I should probably wait until less of my friends are pregnant! :)

Nicole, RD said...

I love the kitchen towels! What a sweet gesture! This is my kind of party...and the food looks great, too!

becomingpigzilla.com said...

What a great wine party idea! I'm planning a wine tasting in a few weeks, and I just may have to incorporate the exchange part of it. The food looks wonderful, too! Thanks for sharing!

becomingpigzilla.com said...

What a great wine party idea! I'm planning a wine tasting in a few weeks, and I just may have to incorporate the exchange part of it. The food looks wonderful, too! Thanks for sharing!

Books n' Cooks said...

Your table looks beautiful! What a great ladies night!

Jessica said...

So fun! Your setup was absolutely gorgeous! Looks like an awesome girls night!

Kelsey said...

Sounds like a great ladies' night!

Leena said...

How fun! The pizzas look delicious and those towels your friend made are so darn cute!

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