Have you noticed these past few weeks, that there’s an ambrosia of beautiful scents and smells surfing the air? No, it’s not in your imagination…we smell it too! Cinnamon on sweet acorn squash, vanilla topped tarts, and a heavy mix of intriguing soup spices waft into our noses as we go about our daily business. Yes, the time for special dining with friends and family has begun, and for many of us, that means a few hosted dinner parties of our own. What’s that you say… you don’t feel prepared?? Well, worry not! Rosella’s has got a few tips for your magical evenings, that are sure to impress any enthusiastic bon vivant.
Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, it’s always nice to have a few inviting enhancements about the dinning room for added visual pleasure. Consider if you’re doing a theme or not, and hang up something everyone can notice and discuss together. This helps for an easy conversation starter, and will immediately lighten your guests moods.
A music playlist
Play a jam that everyone enjoys! If you search your “archives,” you could probably recall a time when a party felt off or a bit awkward because of the music, or repetitious genre that just would not let your fun-loving self relax. Often times when hosting for friends and family, we find ourselves itching to recruit others on our faves. Don’t let this kind of tune-sharing bring your party to a grinding halt. Instead, consider asking your guests ahead of time what some of their favorites are. When you’ve got a play list like this going, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the enthusiastic mood it can bring to any mixed group of people!
Re-arrange the furniture
It’s a good idea to know exactly how many guests will be attending your evening of delight, and not just to make sure there is enough dinner ware and hors d oeuvres available. You want your company to feel right at home for the evening. Positioning chairs and sofas in a way that friends and family can have an easy conversation is another must-do to a successful gathering…and while you’re busy recreating a few rooms in the house, consider keeping out a few games or intriguing books on some coffee tables nearby. Those with a shy disposition will be eternally grateful.
As host or hostess, it’s tradition to make a tribute to the dinner and guests you’re celebrating. A few mildly sentimental words related to your party and the occasion will do just fine. A bit of theatrics isn’t necessarily a bad thing either…but do try to stay within the guidelines of the mood you’ve set for the evening. There’s no shame in planning a joke either…just make sure it’s something everyone can appreciate. And of course, when toasting with Rosella’s fine wine, it will definitely be an occasion to remember! Come by our tasting room, and try out the perfect fit for your perfect bash!
Are you and your friends looking for an afternoon of fun?
Well, you won’t have to look hard. Grants Pass is full of amazing places to visit and is complete with some really amazing atmosphere to boot! From fine dining and lush green pathways to white water rafting and biking trails, there seems to be something for everyone…and every season too. This is a place Rosella’s is proud to call home. We love the people, surrounding nature and feeling that no matter the time of year, there is always something great going on. The month of October is no exception! Here are a few events you might consider checking out for a fun-filled time…and while you’re at it, swing by Rosellas before or after. A healthy glass of wine is a great way to end or begin an evening with friends.
The 15th Annual Art Along the Rogue
This time-honored festival makes its appearance October 6th – October 8th. You won’t want to miss it. It’s a free event with many skilled artists and plenty of bands waiting to serenade you…Or, rock your world with unforgettable acoustics. This is an impressive event which is sponsor-supported by proud surrounding businesses who love to show their town a good time.
Saturday Artisan and Crafters Market
What a perfect time to enjoy being outside, as numbers of artisans and crafters display their beautiful work for all to see. It’s a great time to pick out that perfect relic or gift for that special person. Engage your artistic side and infuse your life with a bit of Grants Pass culture. This fun will reoccur every Saturday through October 28th!
Rogue Oregon Auctioneers In Partnership With Jo Co Airports
Be sure to wear your best pumps. This event has plenty of items to walk around and look at like collectibles, household antiques, furniture, recreational vehicles, yard and garden tools, aviation parts and more. Doors open Friday the 20th, from 10am-6pm. And, if you can’t wait that long to go in search for your “diamond in the ruff,” Rogue Oregon Auctioneers is having a French Country Auction which starts on the 7th at 9am.
We hope to see you soon and that you enjoy all that Grants Pass has to offer,
Autumn is just around the corner now, and what better way to get ready for the seasonal shift than with a few house decorations to celebrate. It’s easy to think we need to go straight to the craft store to infuse our homes with the Fall spirit, but before you do…take a peek around the property first-you might be surprised at what you find to use!
Check out these beautiful and creative ideas to help bring in the new season…
This old-time lantern centerpiece from The Frugal Homemaker creates a warm and glowing atmosphere for guest gatherings and family dinners throughout the months. Warm the kitchen, dining room or even your hallway with a piece of history.
It’s so rewarding and fun to make good use out of things around the house(…which can make you feel a bit guilty for letting go too long…) Give the living room or bathroom some added spirit this Fall with those old candles and vases–just sitting around collecting dust. What a great idea from Passionate Penny Pincher!
Nothing says Autumn is here like a few acorns scattered neatly on a shelf or displayed nicely in a glass jar. Get your afternoon exercise by picking up a few of these beauties from the yard. Go ahead and get the kids involved with this crafty project, they’ll love it! And, if you do craft work from time to time, you’ll probably have all the paint and coating you’ll need. Use copper, silver or gold! Thanks, Housely!
A few pumpkins, leaves, and lights will make stepping into your home welcoming, exciting and intriguing. Flowers aren’t the only things that can accentuate an old wheel. Take your time positioning your own fixtures around this old timer, and make it your own! A classic idea from Homebnc.
Light up a basket of pine cones (…with lights that is)
A pleasing Fall reminder from Pinterest. All you’ll need is a few pinecones, an old basket, and some lights. Prop up this pretty little image with an added country look-with some old books!
And of course, as we like to say, open a bottle of Rosella’s fine wine and make a time of it!
Go ahead, call over family and friends for a bit of Fall decorating fun, and unwind with some fantastic selections off our wine’s tasting notes list. And, if you’re looking to impress the crowd with a bit of Mulled Apple Cider (by The Pioneer Woman,) check out this fantastic recipe which goes great with a dolop…or two…ok three of Rosella’s Red Wine Blend!
~ See you at Rosellas
Get ready for an Astronomical August
If you haven’t yet heard of the total solar eclipse happening this month, be sure to check out the recent buzz on NASA’s website-you won’t want to miss it. A total solar eclipse is set in motion to occur on the 21st of this month. The Sturgeon Moon (named by some Native American Tribes) will completely cover the sun in parts of North America all the way from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, and South Carolina. Star watchers outside of the corona path will still be able to see a partial solar eclipse…and we’re thinking…wherever you are…a nice bottle of Rosella’s smooth wine would be the perfect companion!
The Constellation Perseus
If this year’s total solar eclipse isn’t in the cards for you, not to worry. The month of August is ripe for celestial events! The Perseid Meteor shower will also be streaking across the night skies. The best times to get a glimpse of these amazing fireballs will be on the 11th, 12th, and 13th. If you’re watching closely, you will see the direction of the constellation these spirited fireballs come from.
Special glasses (for the eclipse)…although wine glasses aren’t a bad idea either
A blanket and pillows
Something warm to drink
A constellation map
Rosella’s 2013 Merlot
*Remember, for your safety never look directly at the sun…(or else how would you find our website to stay informed on our upcoming wine debuts? Hehee…) To your health and a magical summer!