Thursday, July 7, 2011

FROM FANTASY TO FÊTE: LA VIE EN ROSÉ

Camille Styles here, with today's (girly, flowery and very, very pink) fantasy turned fête...

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I created this inspiration board as the jumping-off point to the prettiest of get-togethers... bachelorette party, anyone? A rosé wine tasting with yummy cheese pairings is set at a table adorned with garden roses and a simple, organic vibe. Celebrate the long days of summer with an al fresco affair that goes late into the evening...

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A beautiful wood farm table is the canvas for crisp white linens and a cheesecloth runner. Summer blooms in shades of blush pair perfectly with all that pink wine.

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Each bottle of Rosé is also paired with a simple seasonal appetizer, like my peach + ricotta crostini (seriously, it's a new summer staple.)

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When putting together a cheese tray, I try to follow these rules of thumb: Serve one to two ounces of cheese per person, include a mix of fresh, aged, soft and hard cheeses. Arrange – and sample – the cheeses starting with the freshest and lightest, ending with the ripest and most intense. Take a peek at one of my very favorite cheese displays.

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To set up the tasting, create beautifully scripted labels that identify each wine and offer some suggestions on what flavors might make delicious pairings. Don’t forget to provide plenty of glassware for each guest to try multiple wines!

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The loveliest pairing of all? A day spent with your best girlfriends and great wine. 'Cause really, that's all you need for the perfect fête!

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*inspiration images: {row 1} centerpiece, lisa lefkowitz, & parasol, both via snippet & ink; place card, martha stewart weddings {row 2} 100 layer cake {row 3} rosé cart; calligraphy, linea carta; pie, tara donne {row 4} marzipan cherries, martha stewart weddings; escort cards, lisa lefkowitz; orchard, elizabeth messina.

*photography: michael bullock / coordination & styling: camille styles / floral & event design: kristen caissie / furniture: liv by design + austin’s world of rentals / calligraphy: pretty pen jen