An engagement party is often thrown to announce the forthcoming marriage of a couple, and in my case, the arrival of Wedding Season on the Sugar Network. The creative juices are flowing and I'm pulling out all of the stops for the most fabulous party yet: a dessert party. The elegant invites set the tone for an extravagant menu full of sweet treats: chocolate brownie cupcakes, salty almond chocolate bark, creamy mini cheesecakes, and tart strawberry shortcakes. Sounds like a pretty complete menu, right? Wrong! What about those people who don't like desserts (I know, hard to believe, but they do exist!)? What will the hostess with the mostess serve them? A simple (seriously this involves no baking or cooking) cheese and fruit platter. To see how to arrange one,
Cheese platters are quite easy to do and the best way to pick out cheeses is head to your local cheese shop or deli and talk to the owner. Explain that you are hosting a dessert engagement party for ___ people and that you want three cheeses that will pair nicely with blueberries, apple wedges, grapes, fresh figs, jam, and honey. He or she will most likely explain to you that the traditional cheese plate contains a cross section of cheeses from mild to sharp and simple to complex, including cow, sheep and goat varieties.
If the couple is an adventurous pair who enjoy trying new things, choose a few cheeses that are strong and lesser known cabrales (the Spanish equivalent to gorgonzola), Pecorino Romano, and Mimolette . If the couple are more laid back and prefer to steer clear of excitement, choose cheeses that are mild and common like Brie, Gruyere, and Manchego. Set out the cheeses on a wooden cutting board or silver platter with a few dull knifes for cutting chunks of the cheese. Don't forget a spoon to drizzle the honey.
What type of cheese and fruit would you serve at an engagement dinner party? Share with us below and surf back tomorrow for more of my engagement party plan.