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A Wine and Cheese-y 21st

This past week, I turned 21 (wooooohoo! even though the legal drinking age here in London is 18… hehe). It was a milestone birthday nonetheless, and to celebrate, I hosted a Pinterest-inspired wine and cheese party for my flatmates and London friends. 

In preparation for the party, I spruced up my teensy flat kitchen with some flowers, a banner, candles and of course, tons of fun complements to the wines and cheeses (including prosciutto, salami, crackers, figs, honey, jams, peach chutney, red and green grapes, lemon tarts, chocolates, granola, baguettes, a freshly decorated cake and of course, nutella!). I asked each guest to bring a wine and cheese pairing for the group to try. I had absolutely zero idea which wines and cheeses paired well together so I referred my friends to Passport and Pancakes' "How to Host a Wine & Cheese Party" post. This blog post did us wonders! 

I also made these fun tasting cards with the theme of the night: wine and cheese? yes please! I even snuck a little “ophs” on the wine label if you look closely at the design. :) It was so much fun for me and my friends to pretend we knew how to judge wines and cheeses and see if we could even spot the differences between various types of white and red wines and cheeses. My friend James even gave us a little lesson on how to do a proper wine and cheese tasting (aka, how to swirl 'n sniff our wines, with tidbits like “You need an 80/20 ratio of cheese to cracker!” thrown in there too).

It was such an incredible night with my closest friends in London and I can’t wait to throw another wine + cheese night again soon. Here’s to 21!