Host an Olive Oil-Tasting Garden Party

Gather in the garden for an easy summer party complete with a delicious olive oil tasting. We're sharing recipes, DIY ides, and advice for creating the ultimate garden party.

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    Backyard Bar Cart

    Wheels up to party time! A bar cart on wheels means you can play bartender no matter where the party starts. Keep things simple with one signature cocktail and colorful glassware. Herbs in pots below make perfect fresh garnishes. 

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    Set the Scene

    A farmhouse table moved outside is the perfect setting for this breezy garden party. Keep the color scheme neutral with white dishes, natural linens, and fluffy pillows.

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    Simple Centerpieces

    These DIY centerpieces prove simple is best. Choose one standout flower and add delicate accent sprigs. We love sunny orange blooms for this backyard affair. 

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    Cool Cocktail

    Vinegar stars in flavored ice cubes in this bubbly cocktail. Add to each cocktail just before serving. 

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    Stunning Cheese Board

    The secret to creating the ultimate cheese platter? A mix of textures, tastes, and flavors. Choose one to three cheeses, some hard and some soft. Toss on fresh fruit, nuts, and olives. Finish with a homemade condiment like spiced pesto.

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    Olive Oil Tasting

    To appreciate the unique flavors of olive oil, try hosting a special tasting. Expert Theo Stephan shares her tips for trying each oil:

    Pour a tablespoon of each into a small cup and warm it in your palm to release the oil's aromas. 

    Sip and let the oil coat your mouth and the back of your tongue. 

    Pay attention to the finish. It may be buttery, fruity, herbaceous, peppery, or bitter. 

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    Kalamata Olive Baklava

    This baklava takes a walk on the savory side. Finish this flaky party appetizer with a drizzle of honey sauce. 

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    Edible Flowers

    These gorgeous appetizers start with fresh edible nasturtiums. Fill the center of each with a luscious herb and goat cheese mix. 

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    Avocado Soup

    Olive oil stars in this cold summer soup. Finish each bowl with a hearty drizzle and a sprinkling of homemade sesame spice mix. 

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    Luscious Layer Cake

    There's even olive oil in the cake! We'll show you how to make the cake and frost it for a party presentation. 

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    Top It Off

    Echo the fresh fruit from the appetizer cheese plate in your dessert. A fresh fig topper looks stunning on this naked layer cake and ties the party menu together. 

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    Olive Branch Wreaths

    Weave together fresh olive branches to create a stunning summer wreath. Choose branches that have plenty of green leaves for the most texture. 

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    Party Favor: Pickled Carrots

    Send guests home with something to snack on. These quick pickled veggies get big flavor when soaked in fruit-flavored vinegar. 

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