A couple of weeks ago we hosted our crew for a winter dinner party. Honey and I were both excited to resurrect a party theme we used years ago – chili and beer tasting! It’s a fun, social theme perfect for winter. And, the best part of all, you can prepare everything in advance and really enjoy your company!
First things first, I realize my table is pretty fancy for chili and beer. And, you know what? I did it anyway! :-) We host and attend events all the time with paper plates and napkins, and that’s FINE. I just wanted to set a pretty table and went for it.
You’ve seen all of these things a gazillion times on the blog… the china, candles, julep cups, silver and urns. The beautiful thing about having beautiful basics is that they can go for any season, color scheme or event! I chose pink, lavender and merlot because we hosted right before Valentine’s day.
I typically do flower arrangements in one color, to keep things easy, but I branched out into a variety here and do love how it turned out! You can find my tips for flower arranging in this post:
As far as the food, the only thing we asked our guests to bring was their favorite beer(s) for the tasting! We set this bowl out in the kitchen and our guests added one or two beers to it as they came in. The rest went in large coolers on the porch. We also set out some common beer garnishes, including oranges, limes and blueberries. We also put out cups so people could taste beers without committing to the whole bottle/can.
I had peaches on hand from the teacher appreciation luncheon so I infused water with peaches, limes and oranges. It was delicious!
Find all of the recopies from the party in this post:
Going with my beer theme, I made a beer cheese fondue for an appetizer. This was served with bread, tomatoes, apples and carrots.
We did our three favorite chilis – beef and bean, southwest and white chicken! I put out these tasting cups so that guests could take smaller portions and try all three. Of course all of the toppings were available as well.
For dessert, I went with one of our FAVORITES and it was a huge hit… baked brownie pudding!
I will share ALL the recipes tomorrow as I have to get to work today… Disney Cruise Line released summer 2021 itineraries and it’s going to be a crazy good day!
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED