Fall Tasting Party

September 3, 2012 by Jenny Melrose

I recently had the opportunity to put together a gift basket from World Market. I quite honestly adore that store.  There are so many amazing items, but I was inspired by a fall table runner and ended up putting together a Fall Tasting Basket.  How stinkin’ cute are those little tasting bowls, cups, spoons and plates?  I feel like it’s a party being put together for kings and queens just like Riley does with her tea party set.  LOVE!  Everything came from World Market, including the basket and wrapping. I just love that it’s a one stop shop!

I couldn’t just keep the items for myself so I put together the basket for a newly married couple that were talking about throwing an appetizer oriented dinner party.  I (being my bossy self) easily persuaded her to make it a Fall Tasting Party.  It, of course, helped that I promised to make all the food and help set up.  Luckily, this girl loves to plan a good party.  I especially love seeing it all put together.  Our menu consisted of foods from our summer gardens as well as my recent apple picking adventures with Riley.

The menu included: collard greens & sausage served over polenta, zuchini & garlic mini quiches, homemade cream of tomato soup with a side of grilled brie & cranberry sandwich, maple brandy coffee, and mini apple pies topped with vanilla ice cream.  YUM!  I promise the recipes for the  collard greens & sausage served over polenta, maple brandy coffee and mini apple pies will be up soon.  Those are all mine.  My mom is, of course, ahemming right now because the apple pie filling is definitely all hers!

The food was absolutely amazing, as was the company.  I have a quick confession to make though.  I’m finding that I’m beginning to actually enjoying cooking food.  I’ve always been more a dessert girl, but the food from this party showed me what I am actually capable of.  I could use a little more practice and guidance, which is why I’m so excited for the World Market Sweepstakes!

o   A trip for two to Santa Fe, New Mexico (this is a 5 day Trip for 2
to Santa Fe which includes airfare and hotel)
o   Hands on Southwestern Cooking class with Master Chef
o   Personally signed glossy cookbook
o   Multi-course dinner at the acclaimed Geronimo
o   Southwestern Foodie Tour with a cultural kick
o   A $1,000 World Market gift card
** There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
**The Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes runs from August 18, 2012 until September 21, 2012.
**If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

I would be over the moon excited to win this fabulous prize.  Who knows, I could be the next Master Chef.  Lol!

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ but all opinions are my own.

Linking to:
Tatertots and JelloPositively Splendid Bacon Time with the Hungry HypoSix Sisters StuffI Heart Nap TimeDIY ShowoffUnder the Table & DreamingSkip to My LouCraftomaniac,
Keeping It SimpleSerendipity and SpiceAlderberry HillTip JunkieToday’s Creative BlogCreatively Living A Bowl Full of LemonsPrimpSomeday CraftsOopsey DaisyUncommon Designs OnlineSomewhat SimpleCrafty Scrappy HappyMom on Timeout Delightful OrderMy Romantic HomeNap Time CraftersStuff and NonsenseOne Artsy MamaTidy MomIt’s Overflowing

and these great parties!


  • Heather @ new house, new home, new life

    That new bride has set a precedent now with all these wonderful items and food items. Her guests will expect this level of beauty everytime they visit. 🙂 It looked amazing – I can almost taste that tomatoe soup. I have so many tomatoes to use up, I think this might be on the menu this week.

    What a lovely idea for this young couple.

  • stacy

    Wow, so cool! I was just looking at those cute little dishes 🙂

  • Diane Roark

    I love your party ideas and your pictures are great. I would be thrilled if you would visit me and follow my blog at: http://www.recipesforourdailybread.com Blessings Always, Diane Roark

  • Emily

    I love World Market!! It’s one of my favorite places!! The nearest one to me is an hour and a half away, so I don’t get to go very often. Those cranberry brie sandwiches look amazing and your pictures are great!

  • Athena at Minerva's Garden

    Hi Jenny: What a beautiful basket and table display–I bet it was a great party!

  • Melissa L

    I LOVE this idea!! 😀 Thank you so much for sharing this fab get together! 😀

    Melissa- a fan!
    Stop by and visit me sometime at http://www.mywatermelonmoon.com
    My newly made over blog loves visitors! 😀

  • Susie Earning-My-Cape

    Yum!!! Everything looks awesome!!!

  • Trish @ Uncommon

    Such a cute set up Jenny! All of the food looks amazing… bring on Fall! Hope you are doing well!

    Take care,


  • Anna

    Wow….amazing party and food!!! Haven’t been to World Market in ages but it is a great store! Visiting via SITS Sharefest:)

  • Jess

    Looks amazing! visiting from SITS! 🙂

  • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to get my hands on that mini apple pie recipe! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

  • Amanda

    Looks yummy!

  • Mariel

    Oooh, nice! Everything looks so pretty and delicious! I’ve had fun looking over your blog. I would love to have you come share ‘Your Great Idea’ over at my link party, hosted on Saturdays…but you can still submit today. Hope to see you there!http://www.oneshetwoshe.com/2012/09/hello-weekend-50-mikarose-giveaway.html

  • Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Oh wow Jenny! This looks like a party I want to be at 🙂 I love all the little dishes from World Market – love that store! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  • Paula-Riverton Housewives

    What a fun idea! We’d love for you to share this at our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/09/riverton-housewives-round-up-32.html

  • Tabby

    Everything looks fabulous! Great job!

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