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Here are some tips that will help you throw a stylish, low-stress party that will make your guests merry without spending a bundle.
• Try setting up a home wine bar and let guests serve themselves. The Octavin Home Wine Bar collection offers distinctive artisan wines in bottles and 3L casks from France, New Zealand, Germany, Spain and South Africa. To learn more, visit www.OctavinHomeWineBar.com.
• Plan on serving about two glasses of wine per guest every two hours. A standard 750 ml bottle of wine holds about 5 servings, while a 3L premium cask yields around 20 glasses.
• Don’t go overboard - 3 or 4 types of appetizers are plenty. Plan for each person to eat around 8 to 10 pieces over two hours.
• Set out a cheese plate with 3 or 4 cheeses of different textures and flavor profiles. Include some fruit and good bread, along with spiced nuts.
Roasted Rosemary Cashews
Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 3 cups
1 1/2 pounds roasted cashews
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Place nuts on ungreased baking sheet and bake for around 10 minutes until warm. Combine fresh rosemary, cayenne, sugar, salt and butter in a bowl and add in the warm nuts. Coat completely. Serve warm.