June 30, 2016

Wine and Rosary

It's not often that I open up my home for a party or gathering and when I do it normally comes with a tremendously level of anxiety. The napkins, the menu, the entertainment and what in the world am I going to do with the kids? Don't get me wrong, I love it - all the details and the planning and creating something special for all those that attend. I spend a lot of time trying to make sure everything comes together perfectly.

Just last week I threw a little get-together and it went wonderfully and I had a little less anxiety than normal. That might be due to some divine intervention (insert winky face here). I hosted a Wine and Rosary night for my church group.

I wanted to bring a group of faithful women together to share their intentions, a glass (or two) of wine, and some munchies. We had a wonderful time socializing and snacking before we sat together and prayed the Rosary. It was a lovely evening full of prayer and fellowship.

I paid special attention to many of the details and gave away the contents from the latest Happy Catholic Box. I provided a couple prayer cards to help kindle a prayerful atmosphere. And I put several Rosaries in a bowl in case someone forgot theirs.

When we prayed we listened to the Rosary so that the women could get up and down as they needed. The actual prayer portion of the evening lasted about 20 minutes but we shared intentions and faith struggles for about an hour beforehand.

To enhance the atmosphere and play off the Wine and Rosary theme I decided to provide light hors d'oeuvres that were meant to compliment the wine. I served:

  • Homemade french bread with chive butter and apricot preserves
  • Assorted cheeses - including a goat cheese with cranberry and port 
  • Assorted meats such as prosciutto and salami 
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Mimosa infused chocolate covered strawberries 
  • Wine - four different varieties (two whites and two reds)
  • Sparkling grape juice 
  • Strawberry and basil infused water
My secret to throwing a successful party is not to overextend myself. In this case, I planned ahead, prepared what I could in advance and keep the food simple. I used a local vendor to help really put a stamp on it and make it extra beautiful.

The ladies favorites were the chocolate covered pretzels and the gorgeous mimosa infused white chocolate covered strawberries that I ordered from Our Creations Sweets. Our Creations Sweets is an Atlanta-based small business that specializes in glam, infused, and candy-coated strawberries and cupcakes. I was thrilled with my experience working with Dominique, the owner. She was responsive, intuitive and extremely professional. The truest testament to her work was that nothing was left over and the women raved about how delicious it all was. These delicious creations would be the perfect addition for your next party, a wedding, shower or just a special way to say "thank you" or "I love you."

Overall the event went off without a hitch and I was honored to host such a lovely group of women in my home.

What are some of your tips for planning a successful party in your home?

I was provided some product from Our Creations Sweets in exchange for an honest review and feature on Everyday Thoughts. 

Be Blessed,
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