How to host a wine tasting party

As a child, my parents had a dream to build an Italian styled home and grow wine grapes on their land. As this dream became their reality, so did my appreciation for the wine and process of making it. Every year we harvest, pick, crush, and bottle our own wine called Villa Buena Solo, meaning "house of good soil." I look forward to the process, especially the annual wine bottling party and tasting. It is a fun gathering where family and friends of growers, join together and bottle their wine. Based on my past knowledge of wine tasting get-together's that my family so often hosted, I teamed up with Crate & Barrel to recreate a wine tasting party easy enough for you to do in your own backyard. Crate & Barrel provided all the items to make this lovely Wine Tasting Garden display come to life. Visit Crate & Barrel's Blog for my post on How to Host a Wine Tasting Party!

Wine Tasting Garden Party! Host your own with these tips and recipes.

An outdoor summer teak table covered in tan and charcoal linens.

Wine Tasting Garden Party- Gets the tips you need to host your own!

I found some vintage Napa Valley wines in my dad's wine cellar and picked up some local rustic bread loaves from Manresa Bread Shop, Los Gatos!

How to Host a Wine Tasting Party!

How many glasses and how much wine is important to know for a traditional tasting. Find out the details here.

A Garden Wine Tasting party! I love tasting wines from Napa, California and comparing the various differences between wine makers.

Decanter your red wine in this sophisticated Tour Wine Carafe from Crate & Barrel!

How to host a wine tasting party!

Rustic Garden flower arrangement is from Bunches, Los Gatos!

A lovely cheese spread to compliment a wine tasting party! Get more tips to host your own party.

Crate & Barrel's Chalkboard Markers are fun to write on and a unique way to label any cheese platter.

How to Host a Wine Tasting Party!

Assortment of Cheeses are from The Cheese Shop, Carmel-by-the-Sea!

Bruschetta Three Ways Recipe!

Bruschetta Three Ways Recipe is a delicious H'orderves to serve during a wine tasting party.

Sun-Kissed Spring Breakfast

This past week, the sun is shinning bright and signs of Spring are at every turn. Get ready for the changing season with a delicious breakfast spread full of homemade waffles and freshly squeezed Orange Juice. Crate & Barrel graciously provided all the kitchen items I needed to create a friendly and inviting breakfast with friends and family.  So kiss your kitchen with bold pops of Spring color and head over to the Crate & Barrel Blog for all the details and homemade waffle recipe........ Sun-Kissed Spring Breakfast

Sun-Kissed Spring Breakfast ~ Adoring and swooning over Crate & Barrel's bright colors for the season. All items were provided by Crate & Barrel.
Sun-Kissed Spring Breakfast~ Serve homemade waffles and fresh squeezed O.J at your next breakfast gathering.
Sun-Kissed Spring Breakfast~ My Splendid Living teamed up with Crate & Barrel to kiss this white kitchen with bold pops of Spring color.
Sun-Kissed Spring Breakfast~ Turn your bar into a delightful table setting for the season!
Sun-Kissed Spring Breakfast~ Crate & Barrel provided us with this adorable juicer, it sure makes excellent O.J.!
Sun-Kissed Spring Breakfast~ A delightful breakfast spread provided by Crate & Barrel! These pops of Spring color will brighten up any kitchen for the season!
Sun-Kissed Spring Breakfast~ Serve your morning coffee in these adorable Sunrise mugs from Crate & Barrel!
Sun-kissed Spring Breakfast~ Morning pick me up in Sunrise mugs from Crate & Barrel. Head over to the blog to see details from My Splendid Living and Crate & Barrel's collaboration.

Christmas Among the Firs

A special Christmas Tablescape feature with Crate & Barrel, I am honored to be a part of their community of wonderful bloggers. For this years holiday, Crate & Barrel sponsored My Splendid Living's delightful Christmas Tablescape. All products from this photoshoot were provided by Crate & Barrel!  So, into the woods we go....... Click Here to see the rest of my blog post!
Crate & Barrel Christmas Tablescape with My Splendid Living - Christmas Amongst the Fir

Crate & Barrel's Small Pine Trees are perfect for a Christmas table centerpiece!

Crate & Barrel Christmas Tablescape with My Splendid Living - Christmas Amongst the Fir Blog post

Crate & Barrel's Set of 3 Nordic Snowflake Bowls are a lovely splash of Christmas color!

Crate & Barrel Christmas Tablescape with My Splendid Living - Christmas Amongst the Fir

Set in scenic outdoors, Crate & Barrel's Beckett Natural Linen Table Runner was a perfect choice!

Crate & Barrel Christmas Tablescape with My Splendid Living - Christmas Amongst the Fir

Crate & Barrel's Red Marin Dishware stacked on top of the Acacia Wedge Serving Platter!

Crate & Barrel Christmas Tablescape with My Splendid Living - Christmas Amongst the Fir Blog post

Crate & Barrel's Pine Needle Garland gives this tablescape a nice woodsy touch!

Crate & Barrel Christmas Tablescape with My Splendid Living - Christmas Amongst the Fir Cocktail party Blog post

Try Crate & Barrel's London Glass Taper Candlesticks to create some elegance to your table!

Crate & Barrel Christmas Tablescape with My Splendid Living - Christmas Amongst the Fir

The perfect Pine Bough Napkin Ring wrapped around the Helena Natural Linen Napkin!

Crate & Barrel Christmas Tablescape - My Splendid Living Christmas Special Blog post - Christmas Amongst the Fir
Crate & Barrel Christmas Tablescape with My Splendid Living - Christmas Amongst the Fir
Christmas Lady Cocktail Recipe served in Crate & Barrel's Coupe Glass

For The Christmas Lady Cocktail Recipe, Click Here.  Crate & Barrel's gorgeous Long Stemmed Camille Coupe Glass on top of the Marble Wood Platter

Beef Tenderloin & Horseradish Crostini Recipe

This Beef Tenderloin & Horseradish Crostini hors d'oeurve is perfect for a Christmas party. Click here for the Recipe!

Christmas Perfection! Make this Christmas Lady Cocktail and Beef Tenderloin Crostini for your this years holiday party!

Wine Tasting Party

Wine tasting party inspiration! From vintage wine, family style dinner, a Spanish Guitar player, and tan linens, this was the party every wine lover would envy!
Garden Tablescape for a wine tasting party! #tablescape
Wine Country Tablesetting | Mysplendidliving.com | #tablescape
Country wine tasting party | mysplendidliving.com

My Father wanted a wine tasting party for his 70th Birthday!  Based on his request, my mom and I worked hard to style the perfect wine tasting tablesetting. We used tuscan tan linens, egglplant colored napkins, and my favorite, planted succulents in wine boxes for the centerpiece. My father put his personal touch on the gathering with a tasting of his own California grown wine collection. The evening continued with a family style dinner under umbrellas of twinkle lights. And the night was completed with sounds of a Spanish guitar player and a decadent array of chocolates and macaroons.

Catered: by Cafe Primavera in San Jose, CA