Warmer temps and longer days mean more time to spend outside relaxing with friends and family. Here at I Love Imported Cheese we’re all about taking advantage of those fun summer nights to host parties for our fellow cheese-lovers. Here are our top tips and menu inspiration for a no-stress gathering you’ll get to enjoy too:
Get set for your soiree. It’s always a great idea to make a little plan for your party so you can check things off as you go and relax at the party too. Figure out how many people will be attending and create a menu that includes a few make-ahead items so you’re not doing everything day of. We love to hit our local Farmer’s Market for the freshest produce and then our favorite cheese monger for an assortment of imported cheeses to make a standout Summer Snackboard. Decide where you’ll be hosting everyone and what you need to set a comfortable scene. For outdoor gatherings consider light weight or disposable plates and utensils, hanging extra party lights, and using folding tables. Don’t forget a bluetooth speaker to play music plus bug spray and citronella candles to avoid unwelcome pests!
Set up a drinks station. Our favorite hack for hosting is to create a pop up bar at home. Use a folding or side table near where the action is and be sure to put out plenty of ice, pitchers of water so everyone stays hydrated in the heat, and your favorite summer wines. If you’re doing cocktails consider making one signature summer cocktail in a beverage dispenser so your friends can help themselves.