There’s nothing quite like gathering for a meal with your favorite people. Whether it’s a family celebration, a group of your closest friends, or people you’re just starting to get to know, breaking out the perfect bottle of wine is sure to lighten the mood and win you the best host award.
What you may not know is that choosing the right wine isn’t as hard as you’d think. All you have to do is look at the herbs in your recipe! Nearly every common herb has at least a few ideal wine pairings – basil even has seven. Is caprese your appetizer? Try a dry merlot, but don’t forget to save room for dessert. A mint brownie and sweet riesling, perhaps? We’ve put together an herb and wine pairing guide so that next time you plan a dinner party, choosing the perfect wine to go with your meal, whatever it is, will be a breeze.
Determining what to make and how much food to buy is one of the hardest parts about prepping for a big dinner. But now that you already set your menu and chose the perfect drinks, things just got a little bit easier. The last thing that will tie everything together is the decorations, and those can be taken care of at the push of a button. You can make your table pop with a fresh floral centerpiece that matches your place settings, or complement your decor by picking an arrangement that matches your room’s color scheme. If you’re the casual type happy to watch the football game while you eat, show your team spirit with a bouquet that will make it very clear which team you’re rooting for. Either way your house will smell great and you’ll be surrounded by delicious food, good drinks, and the best people.