A Rooftop Wine + Food Pairing Party

I am literally swooning over this rooftop wine & food pairing party sent in by Cristina of Le Partie Sugar, who hosted the evening to celebrate food and wine and friends. It took place on her rooftop in LA and includes vintage furniture, 4 wines paired with farmer’s market food, dessert, and a guest bottle swap. Read on for all the beautiful details told by Cristina…

I threw a Wine Tasting Party featuring Central Coast Wine and California Fare. Living in LA, my husband and I love taking a 2-hour drive to Central Coast CA to visit the wineries in Santa Ynez, Paso Robles and Los Olivos – and wanted to share some of our favorite wines with 20 of our dearest friends. As a kick-off to summer, the party was held on our rooftop overlooking the city. I rented vintage furniture pieces to give the night a shabby-chic feel, like we were eating al fresco in the middle of a vineyard. I carried the vintage theme into all my paper goods: the Tasting Menu Cards on each place setting, the Wine Coasters labeling each wine, the Dessert and Appetizer Cards, the Party Favors and more. Each place setting had four wine glasses, a mason jar for water, and French herringbone tea cloths for napkins. Peonies filled old wine bottles that I decorated with vintage lace, and re-covered soup cans contained the Sea Salt Grissini. Small globe lights hung overhead providing a beautiful night glow as the sun went down. I also had a basket filled with blankets and pashminas for the guests to wrap up in as the temperature cooled down.

Guests arrived at 7:30pm and were greeted with some sparkling wine and a cheese, dried fruit and nut platter. I had a small lounge area set up so guests could chat, eat and drink easily.”

Cristina continues with food details, “The tasting portion of the evening started at 8:30pm, where guests tried 4 different wines paired with 4 fresh, farmer’s market dishes*.

  •  The 1st pairing was a Viognier paired with Grilled Nectarines, Burrata, Toasted Hazelnuts and garnished with mint.

  • The 2nd pairing was a Rosé paired with Homemade Pizza, Fresh Basil Pesto, Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions.

  • The 3rd pairing was a Pinot Noir paired with Salmon topped with Lime Butter Sauce and Sautéed Asparagus.

  • The final pairing was a Syrah paired with Grilled Flank Steak and a Spicy Pepper and Watermelon Salad.

As if that wasn’t enough food, there a dessert table filled with mini delights: Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes, Mini Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt, Brownie Bites and not-so-mini Rice Crispie Treats.

On the invite I asked each guest to bring one of their favorite bottles (under $25) for the Bottle Swap – so each guest went home with someone else’s favorite to try. As the party favor, I packaged my favorite wine gadget (Haley’s 5-in-1 corker) for each guest to take home with their bottle from the Bottle Swap. It was a fabulous night of good friends, food and conversation!”

Wow, I am super impressed and want to BE at that party! The details are so lovely and elegant, and Cristina did all the baking, decorating, menu prep, and paper designs herself. She did hire a caterer to do some last minute prep & serving for the 4 food & wine pairings, however. A nice touch so you can mingle with your guests instead of working in the kitchen.

This is a great reminder that you don’t always need a special occasion to throw a fabulous party.  Although it would be fantastic for a milestone birthday or engagement party.

Thanks for sharing Cristina. Cheers!

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  1. Would you ever be willing to share your menu and recipes. Love to copy your menu. Love this idea.

  2. Hi Christina, I am recreating this amazing tablescape for my husband’s birthday. Can you please tell me the wording on your sign for the wine swap? It is a bit blurry and I would like to incorporate that into the party also. Thanks!
    Jane P

  3. This is beautiful…her rooftop ambience can’t be beat! I love the mismatched chairs and the way she identified the wine…

  4. I LOVE IT….all the little details – love the mismatch chairs, the seating area with light blankets – just neat ideas!This would be AWESOME for my 40th birthday celebration – think you and I can plan this by next week….LOL!?

    1. It would be just divine for a birthday celebration…even a few weeks belated of a celebration 🙂 If you have any questions, let me know!

  5. Love the living room “corner” and the mason jar water “glasses”!


  6. Love this… fab idea for an engagement party or sophisticated hens! Really gorgeous stationery too 🙂

    Chloe x

  7. Gorgeous…and fabulous idea! Tell me more about the identification cards for items and their stands. Love those little stands.

    1. Hi Jonnie!

      Thank you!

      I made the menu cards with a circular paper cutter, layering three different papers together. I had a total of 3 patterned papers selected from Paper Source and used them in various combinations for all the paper goods. The menu card stands were ordered from Luna Bazaar, I’ve actually used those for a couple parties!

      Thanks, Cristina

  8. I will repost some details for my Spanish speaking readers, all links and credits to Celebrations at Home and Le Partie Sugar of course!

  9. This is truly an ORIGINAL party, it looks AMAZING! Congratulations on such great details and ideas. Loved the idea of guests bringing their own choice bottle to “swap”, great way to get them engaged in the fun. I bet everyone went home happy that night 🙂

  10. This party is beautiful! I love the comfortable decor that looks both pulled together and inviting. There’s definitely something to be said for using pieces that look like home furniture instead of standard buffet rentals. And boy, do I wish I had a rooftop deck like that!

    We just had a (much!) smaller dinner party for some of our friends as well!

  11. This is so pretty! I love all the vintage touches and the food looks delicious! Love the touch of lace on the wine bottle vase and the pattern and colors on the food tags.

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