By this point in August, it’s inevitable that rosé has stolen our summer hearts and this season’s wine cellars. The “yes way rosé” mantra has captured social media, restaurant and patio concentrations (mine included). We simply couldn’t say farewell to the season without throwing a wine-tasting party with the girls — thus, the rise in rosé’s popularity not only prompted our party’s culinary palate, but also every other detail, as well.

THE TABLESCAPE

Rosé’s copper undertones sparked a sophisticated, modern-dining style. Antique copper trivets and a candelabra set the stage for six to eight centerpiece rosé bottles of different shades and sizes. A blush salt cellar is set out to hold any last-minute guest appetizer spreads. Collected wine corks sprinkled across the tablescape illustrate this dinner party’s ultimate focus.

When it comes to place settings, keep it simple. A plate, linen napkin and vintage flatware illustrate laid-back luxury. Crystal wine glasses add a touch of elegance to the rosé samplings at hand.

Antique copper trivets and a candelabra set the stage for six to eight centerpiece rosé bottles of different shades and sizes.

Antique copper trivets and a candelabra set the stage for six to eight centerpiece rosé bottles of different shades and sizes.

This blush salt cellar is a perfect dish for a spread to go with crackers.

This blush salt cellar is a perfect dish for a spread to go with crackers.

Collected wine corks sprinkled across the tablescape illustrate this dinner party’s ultimate focus.

Collected wine corks sprinkled across the tablescape illustrate this dinner party’s ultimate focus.

Crystal glasses add a touch of casual elegance.

Crystal glasses add a touch of casual elegance.

A plate, linen napkin and vintage flatware illustrate laid-back luxury.

A plate, linen napkin and vintage flatware illustrate laid-back luxury.

THE FLORALS

To nod to the “rose” flower — without harnessing its traditional hue — stud the table with white fully bloomed stems. No need to use large vases; grab a stack of copper tumblers from your cabinet and drop two or three blooms in each.

Roses in full-bloom are a nod to the featured drink.

Roses in full bloom are a nod to the featured drink.

No need for vases. Use vintage copper cups for understated elegance.

No need for vases. Use vintage copper cups for understated elegance.

THE FOOD

A rosé-inspired soirée would not be complete without blush-toned bites. Ensure the menu is bright and fresh; and if possible, stick to dishes that can be served chilled or at room temperature. Pre-plate a super-easy summer salad — such as peppery arugula with crisp pink watermelon and feta — at each white place setting.

Then, arrange a family-style charcuterie board with blush prosciutto, soppressata and a mix of hard and soft white-toned nutty cheeses (goat cheese, brie and parmigiano reggiano are my favorite combination). An heirloom tart with fresh ricotta, basil and pink peppercorns spotlights vivid in-season tomatoes.

A fresh watermelon and feta salad is a delightful starter for a late-summer meal.

A fresh watermelon and feta salad is an easy salad for a summer meal.

A beautifully arranged charcuterie board with blush prosciutto, soppressata and a mix of hard and soft white-toned nutty cheeses is as beautiful as it is delicious.

A beautifully arranged charcuterie board with blush prosciutto, soppressata and a mix of hard and soft white-toned nutty cheeses is as beautiful as it is delicious.

Put your bounty of summer tomatoes to good use in an heirloom tart with fresh ricotta, basil, pink peppercorns and plenty of in-season tomatoes.

Put your bounty of summer tomatoes to good use in an heirloom tart with fresh ricotta, basil, pink peppercorns and plenty of in-season tomatoes.

THE WINE

For this party, we’re pouring the following wines. The pink and copper hues were undeniably festive for the affair.

  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Blanc
  • Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses
  • Chateau du Berne Impatience
  • Monmousseau Rosé d’Anjou
  • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé
  • Vin Gris of Pinot Noir

A beautiful selection of roses of varying shades

Cheers to the rest of the summer!

Cara Greenstein is the founder of Caramelized, an award-winning food and lifestyle blog based in Memphis, Tennessee, with a purpose to share, elevate and celebrate everyday experiences. 

Special thanks to Micki Martin for today’s beautiful photographs.

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