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  • K-J AVANT Chardonnay
     
    K-J Avant Chardonnay
    Fresh / Crisp / Clean

    Crisp, bright and sleek, Kendall-Jackson AVANT Chardonnay is cold-fermented to retain green apple and lemon drop flavors.

    Appellation:
    California
    Flavor Profile:
    Fresh, crisp, fruit-driven
    Goes well with:
    Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole, grilled shrimp
  • New
    K-J Avant Red Blend
    Rich / Silky / Smooth

    Enticing aromas of ripe raspberry and bold black cherry are complemented by hints of spice and dark chocolate to deliver a smooth and lingering finish.

    Appellation:
    California
    Flavor Profile:
    Fruit forward taste of plum, ripe raspberry and pomegranate with hints of vanilla and cocoa
    Goes well with:
    Fondue, prosciutto wrapped dates, sweet and savory flatbread pizza
  • K-J AVANT Sauvignon Blanc
    New
    K-J Avant Sauvignon Blanc
    Bright / Fresh / Vibrant

    Handcrafted and cold-fermented in stainless steel to preserve the grape's alluring, fruit-forward aromatics layered with notes of lemongrass and subtle minerality.

    Appellation:
    California
    Flavor Profile:
    Light-bodied with distinguished flavors of vibrant lime and passion fruit
    Goes well with:
    Feta cheese, spring salad, fish tacos

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This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

Hello, hello! Lauren Kelp here from your favorite thoughtful entertaining website. If you’ve been following along on any of our posts over here on the lovely Kendall-Jackson blog, you know that we love to entertain. We love any excuse for a good dinner party, relish an easy recipe that allows us to spend more time with friends, and have a particular penchant for throwing fabulous get-togethers that won’t break the bank.

We love dinner parties so much that we decided to travel around the country & host fun pop-up dinners for people doing cool things in their community. Imagine hosting a get-together for your best friends just because! Well, my friend, I am here to convince you that this weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

Summertime is basically here & everyone is itching to sit outside, drink wine on the porch with friends, and have a lazy evening chatting and catching up. What could possibly sound better than that? Why not get everyone together and have this fun hang out at your place?

STEP ONE: PICK A THEME

When hosting a family-style dinner party, or even a dinner party for a larger crowd, it’s best to pick a theme and stick with it. You can go local & choose to only use ingredients that are seasonal, or maybe something more broad like ‘Italian’ food – either way, it helps keep you on track and if people want to bring something, you’ve got guidelines to work with.

The key is to find dishes that yield a lot & don’t have you slaving away in the kitchen. I love a big hearty salad, a nice cold pasta dish that you can make earlier in the day, and a great meat dish that cooks itself while you’re hanging out. If you are tight for space, try out a meat dish that requires a crockpot (like pulled pork!) instead of the grill.

This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

STEP TWO: SEND OUT INVITES

Now it’s time to get serious! You’ve got your menu hashed out, now it’s time to pick a date & gather up some friends. If you are looking to host 5-10 people, I think a group text is great. Anything bigger than that requires an email, a fun e-vite, or (call me crazy) a Facebook event.

I love a big dinner party (we host 40 people regularly!) but when you start to get upwards of 15 people it’s nice to get have an easy way to monitor RSVPs (easy way of getting a good head-count) plus the added bonus of having your invite populate straight to your guests calendar is a major win.

PRO TIP: Depending on your guests, someone out of your group will ask what they can bring. You can either address this question in your email/text/Facebook event, such as:

We need people to bring these things, sign up if you want:

2 Appetizers

Fresh bread

Dessert

 

Another option is to tell your guests you are serving a family-style dinner with an Italian theme, so encourage everyone to bring their favorite bottle of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc or Kendall-Jackson AVANT Red Blend.

This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

STEP THREE: SET THE TABLE

This should come as no surprise, but setting the table is my favorite part! Plus, it’s fantastically easy when you are hosting a family-style dinner. Find wherever you are going to have your meal (porch, dinner table, etc.) and set your table around the serving dishes.

Grab the best serving dishes for your menu (big bowl for pasta, tray for your corn on the cob, etc.) and place them down the center of your table like a runner. Now, once’ you’ve got your platters down, you can set the rest of the table. This ensures there is enough space for food & allows for people to easily pass dishes and get seconds.

Place some candles or flower buds in little gaps to fill in the holes & add some texture to the table, put a water carafe or two on the table so people can serve themselves, and most importantly, open a few bottles of wine and have them sitting on the table. This, just like the food, allows people to serve themselves and try new wines!

This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.

Okay, my friends – what do you think? Inspired to throw a family-style gathering this weekend? The make-ahead menu is simple, your friends help with the clean up, and everyone goes home happy – it’s the makings for a perfect summertime get together!

This weekend is your time to shine because we are going to throw you a family-style dinner party! You’ll find tips, tricks, and a few tried and true tidbits to help get your party pants on & throw the best family-style dinner party there ever was.


photography by Josh Ulmer

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This Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIY

Hi again K-J readers! It’s Molly Madfis from Almost Makes Perfect sharing a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party!

Providing menus for your dinner party seems like such a small gesture, but it makes such a big difference in terms of making your party memorable and special. It’s especially impactful on a big holiday dinner when there’s a lot being served.

When I was on my honeymoon in Tulum, Mexico, we loved the way menus were served on a wooden board with rubber bands, making it easy to switch out the menus, but the boards and rubber bands seemed like something you could store away and use all the time.

So I shared this very simple menu DIY over on my blog which you can check out here!

This Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIYThis Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIY

And as for those menus you see, I designed it as a free editable printable for you guys! In order for the menu to be super versatile for you, I didn’t add a border or crop marks. You can simply cut it to size for your wood boards, whichever size they may be (or use without the wood at all!).

This Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIYThis Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIY

All you have to do is download the PDF right here.

Open it in preview (or another PDF reader) and you can simply type into the spots where I designated text areas. If you have less text than in the template, just delete the example text.

Then print it onto standard sized 8.5 x 11” paper or card stock and trim to the size you want!

This Printable Menu us a really fun and easy way to spruce up your table for your next dinner party! #DIY

 

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Hi again K-J readers! It’s Molly Madfis from Almost...

These DIY Color-Dipped Wine Glasses are a colorful, simple way for everyone to keep track of their glasses.

Nothing makes me happier than having a house filled with family and friends, gathered for no good reason other than to be together! We’ve been doing lots of entertaining throughout the summer season and I’m dreaming of lots more gatherings through the fall and into the holidays. With more than a few wine drinkers in our gang, we came up with a colorful, simple way for everyone to keep track of their glasses as they sip and visit. If wine charms aren’t your thing then this definitely is! It’s a quick and simple project that even a novice DIY-er can tackle in a snap. Let’s get colorful!

These DIY Color-Dipped Wine Glasses are a colorful, simple way for everyone to keep track of their glasses.

You’ll Need:

  • Plain wine glasses
  • Colorful craft paint
  • Paper bowls
  • Painter’s tape or masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard

Start by wiping your wine glasses clean to make sure they’re free of dust and debris (this helps the paint stick as well). Cover the bottom of each glass with painter’s tape. Be sure to cover the whole underside of the base. Cut around the edges to make a clean circle and smooth the tape down to be sure it adheres.

These DIY Color-Dipped Wine Glasses are a colorful, simple way for everyone to keep track of their glasses.

Next, pour your paint into a paper bowl. Holding the glass by the rim, gently lower the base and stem of the glass into the paint. The deeper the bowl, the higher your paint can go up the stem. Pull the glass out, be sure that the paint coverage is to your liking, and gently shake the glass over the bowl to let the excess paint slide off.

These DIY Color-Dipped Wine Glasses are a colorful, simple way for everyone to keep track of their glasses.

Place your painted glass on a piece of cardboard to dry. Allow it to remain still until the paint is dry to the touch and fully cured.

These DIY Color-Dipped Wine Glasses are a colorful, simple way for everyone to keep track of their glasses.

Finally, remove the tape from the bottom and your glasses are ready to go!

These DIY Color-Dipped Wine Glasses are a colorful, simple way for everyone to keep track of their glasses.I love this project because you can make as many glasses as you like, and use all of your favorite colors! Hand your guests a refreshing glass of wine (we love serving the Kendall-Jackson AVANT Sauvignon Blanc!) as they walk in the door and they’ll know which glass is theirs all evening long. Cheers!

These DIY Color-Dipped Wine Glasses are a colorful, simple way for everyone to keep track of their glasses.These DIY Color-Dipped Wine Glasses are a colorful, simple way for everyone to keep track of their glasses.These DIY Color-Dipped Wine Glasses are a colorful, simple way for everyone to keep track of their glasses.These DIY Color-Dipped Wine Glasses are a colorful, simple way for everyone to keep track of their glasses.

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These DIY Marbled Mini Pinch Bowls are a fun and easy way to elevate a simple wooden salt bowl.

My husband and I are pretty much obsessed with charcuterie, so we decided for our housewarming party, we’d go hard with that obsession and create a massive charcuterie spread! Covering an entire table with food was something that took a little bit of planning and a lot of brainstorming accessories and ways to display the foods at different heights. I laid out a bunch of serving trays, cheese boards, and bowls for the different foods and mustards, but we decided to put various salts out as well — so i diy’ed some cute little bowls for them!

These DIY Marbled Mini Pinch Bowls are a fun and easy way to elevate a simple wooden salt bowl.These DIY Marbled Mini Pinch Bowls are a fun and easy way to elevate a simple wooden salt bowl.

MATERIALS

  • Small wooden bowls
  • Nail polish
  • Disposable container
  • Plastic fork or chopstick

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a container you don’t mind ruining (I used an old margarine tub), pour in some warm water (you don’t want the tub too full, and you don’t want the water too hot or cold).
  2. Pour one of your nail polish colors in, followed by your next (followed by your next if you choose to use three colors) — then slowly and gently mix with your utensil. a little goes a long way when it comes to your colors. you can also use only one color for more of a watercolor effect.
  3. Practice before using your bowls with a piece of card stock to get the hang of it. Your patterns will never be the exact same and you’ll get the hang of the technique once you do it a few times.
  4. You may need to redo your colors at this point because they dry quickly. If they start clumping, pour out and do again. Dip your bowl slowly with a light push into the water, but don’t submerge.
  5. Once you pull your bowl back out, let dry upside down.
  6. Fill with unique salts (we got a bunch at fun kinds our local spice store) and serve at your next party!

These DIY Marbled Mini Pinch Bowls are a fun and easy way to elevate a simple wooden salt bowl.These DIY Marbled Mini Pinch Bowls are a fun and easy way to elevate a simple wooden salt bowl.These DIY Marbled Mini Pinch Bowls are a fun and easy way to elevate a simple wooden salt bowl.These DIY Marbled Mini Pinch Bowls are a fun and easy way to elevate a simple wooden salt bowl.These DIY Marbled Mini Pinch Bowls are a fun and easy way to elevate a simple wooden salt bowl.Huge charcuterie spread in backyardReaching for K-J AVANT Sauvignon Blanc wine in cooler.Edible flowers in Kendall-Jackson AVANT wine.Backyard housewarming party charcuterie board.

Photos by Lily Glass

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My husband and I are pretty much obsessed with...

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K-J Avant: Committed to Sustainability

We are honored to be recognized for our sustainability efforts. We are a member of the EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) Green Power Leadership Club and a past recipient of the prestigious Green Power Leadership Award for our performance in energy conservation and renewable energy use. Other recipients included Intel, Google and the City of San Francisco.

Renewable Energy

Each bottle of Kendall-Jackson AVANT wine is vinted and bottled with 100% certified wind energy. Learn more about our sustainability efforts at KJ.com/Sustainability

K-J AVANT. The Right Wine for Right Now.

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