There’s something about the cold weather that makes you crave cheese. The melted kind, that is. And there’s nothing better in winter than to get together with friends and family over a steaming, bubbling pot of cheese fondue, right?!
Check out my styling tips and tricks below to pulling together one delicious and warming Cheese Fondue Party at home!
As a Francophile, I have opted for the traditional ‘Fondue Savoyarde‘ – The Savoyard Fondue is a dish made from melted-cheese, and its origins lay in the Savoie region of France.
Cheese Fondue Party Food & Sides
You can't have cheese fondue without talking about cheese...This fondue is made using local cheeses like the Comté, Beaufort, Gruyère or Emmental from Savoie, and traditionally accompanied by bread.
Nowadays, vegetables, pickles and fruits are also added to the list of sides to help add a fresh taste and lighten the meal, and this is also what I have served with my fondue. But basically, anything that is easy to dip, break into morsels and tastes great with cheese, is a winner.
Some people like to serve a fondue accompanied by cured meats, but this is the traditional French accompaniment to a Raclette – an entirely different cheese dish. Besides, cured meats + cheese tends to be too heavy as a combination, and not so great for digestion.
Fondue was very popular in the 60s, and so for the table setting I wanted to incorporate fresh elements to give the theme an updated look, hence the vegetable, buts and bread options.
Cheese Fondue Party Tablescape & Place Settings
The use of a large wooden board in the center of the table keeps things casual, and allows you to also keep a little of the rustic French look.
The wooden board acts as a centerpiece covered with edible delights, and provides enough color and textures to keep things interesting – So no need for flowers!
As place-mats I used brown parchment paper straight from my kitchen. It’s inexpensive, disposable and fits perfectly with the casual styling.
White plates, stemware and fondue forks are all that’s needed to complete each place-setting. And the white wine served at the table is the same used to make the fondue with.
Cheese Fondue Party DIY Favors
I always like to send my guests home with a little reminder of the party, and in this case I made some Fig Jam (recipe here) and decanted into cute jars. Each jar is topped with a printable name tag and so they double as place-cards too!
Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine and MarthaStewart.com; and she's a regular party contributor to PBS Parents, Yum Food for Kids Magazine, Créative Magazine and HGTV.