Here was the breakdown we came up with:
1) Champagne & Prosecco
Cheddar, brie, milk chocolate
Cheddar, gouda, semi-sweet chocolate
Bleu cheese, gouda, brie, tallegio, white chocolate
Cheddar, gouda, brie, tallegio, semi-sweet chocolate
5) Pinot gris
Gouda, goat cheese
Bleu cheese, manchego, goat cheese, bittersweet chocolate
Bleu cheese, manchego, tallegio, bittersweet chocolate
We also had these white wine marinated grapes that I found on Pinterest (check out my wine and cheese party board here), regular grapes, baguettes, rustic rosemary bread, fig and pear sauce to go with the cheeses, crackers, walnuts with honey drizzled over them, garlic stuffed green and greek olives, and a lemon thyme crostini.
Besides the chalkboard vinyl table runner, we didn't do too much for decorations. Lori had the tables set up outside with baby's breath in hanging Mason jars (super cute!). I brought 6 empty wine bottles and Laura picked up some fresh flowers from the farmer's market to add to them. We placed them at the back of the serving table. Additional flowers were used throughout the house. We did make a wine cork wreath (finishing it last minute as people were about to arrive...), but didn't have a place to hang it, so ended up just placing it on the coffee table as a centerpiece. Kristi got to take that home with her.
As people arrived, we encouraged them to grab a glass of wine and to start nibbling, and once everyone got there we grabbed plates of food and headed outside to the tables that had been set up ahead of time. We ate for awhile, and then had to head back inside as it was too hot out! We did gift opening, ate cake and cupcakes, and mingled for awhile before heading home. Ideally, with the tasting set-up, we should have had appetizer tables laid all around so that people could keep sampling and mingling, but the sit-down part was fun, too. It also gave us an opportunity to introduce everyone. Note: we had just under 20 people there, and ended up with about half of the wine left and a TON of cheese leftover. This works out well as Laura and I are getting together with some other girlfriends tonight and taking advantage of the leftovers, but if you are shooting to throw a similar party, I would suggest cutting back on 1-2 of the categories! You could also just pick 1 category and keep the party a bit more focused (I really liked all of the options, though!).