Hosting a holiday party? Learn how to pick the perfect wine for any seasonal celebration with this guide, brought to you by Evite in partnership with Harry & David.
Bubbly to make mimosas is the classic pick, but white wine also pairs well with OJ and other juices. Try a refreshingly fruity Riesling alongside club soda for spritzers.
Pro tip: Buy an all-inclusive brunch basket, containing everything from wine to fruit preserves and pancake mix (we like Harry & David’s Brunch Gift Basket with Wine).
Holiday Dinner Party
Plan your menu well in advance, including wines, for less stress right before the party. For an extra-special meal, offer different wines for different courses (general rule of thumb: white with light foods, red with dark).
Pro tip: Make sure to have both red and white on hand since some guests may only drink one or the other, regardless of what you’re serving. Get set with Harry & David™ Red with White Wine Trio.
The weather outside may be frightful, but carolers will warm up fast with a cup of mulled wine back at your place. Just pour a bottle of red into a pot, heat it on low, then add cinnamon sticks and sugar to taste.
Pro tip: Buy multiple bottles (such as this Harry & David™ Red Wine Duo) so you can use one bottle for mulled wine and another to drink as is.
Wine & Cheese Holiday Party
The easiest party to throw during the busiest season: What’s not to like? Focus on reds or whites for tasting and pair with cheeses to match. You can even cover the wine labels with kraft paper and have people see how many they can identify.
Pro tip: Order a gourmet wine-and-cheese basket such as this Gourmet Cheese Gift with Wine from Harry & David. It comes pre-packaged with a bottle of Harry & David™ Pinot Gris and an assortment of artisanal cheeses, mixed nuts and dried berries. Just add a couple more bottles of wine and you’re ready for your guests!
New Year’s Eve Party
Throwing a blowout New Year’s Eve bash? Trade in your predictable bottle of bubbly for a wide selection of wines that will suit everyone’s tastes. Purchase an assortment of options, including robust reds (like Cabernet Sauvignon) and buttery whites (like Chardonnay).
Pro tip: Buy in bulk so you stay stocked all night (we like Choose Your Own Harry & David™ Wines – 12 Bottles because you can mix and match a dozen of your favorites).
Start inviting your friends and family to your holiday party with the premium EVITE invitation below or another one from our Holiday Party, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s Eve invitation galleries. And check out Harry & David for holiday party food and gift ideas.
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