You’re planning a fun summer wine party and want to use a buffet setting. So how do you arrange the buffet table to show off the wines you have chosen for the party? It’s actually easier than you think and we have great ways to help you.
With a summer party, you most likely plan it for outdoors. This is a perfect excuse to use ice tubs. Pick a nice wide one so you have plenty of room to include white wines and cold foods.
There are two options for you here. You can lay a plastic tablecloth, right side up in the bottom of the tray or tub. Add the ice on top, bury the wine bottles about halfway down to chill them. Set your food platters and bowls on top of the ice. Then drape the ends of the tablecloth over the tub or tray and you’re ready to go.
Alternately, you can fill the tub or tray with ice first, then lay your tablecloth over ice. Make indents into the ice for your wine bottles and food bowls. This will keep the foods and the wine chilled during your party.
Remember with red wines, you also want to serve them slightly chilled, about 60-65 degrees. So chill them first and either keep them in wine bottle holders made to keep them at the right temperature or put them in a pitcher that will retain the cool air around them. Then set this combo of bottle and holder on your warm foods buffet.
These are simple and easy ways to match your food and your wine choices. Guests can enjoy both and everything is safe for you and your guests.