If you’re anything like me, you have probably been low-key hustled by the little girls in green, pushing cookies until mid-February, and have at least a dozen boxes of cookies headed your way from different friends/family/co-workers’ girl boss cookie saleswomen. Or maybe not and you actually have self-control (and no heart, you Girl Scout Grinch). Annnyyyway… if you do have an obscene amount of cookies on order, why not turn your impulse purchases into a fun excuse to get together with friends and drink wine.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Brown craft paper and/or signage – wrap your table in the kraft paper and simply write directly on the paper, in marker, anything that needs identifying (you can purchase a large roll at Dollar Tree)
- Girl Scout Cookies – get at least 2-3 boxes of each flavor, depending on how many people you have at your tasting (find any local dealer, I mean Girl Scout via Facebook or your office – trust me, someone’s daughter’s got the goods)
- Wine – we’ll get to which wine pairs with which cookie in a sec, get at least 2 bottles of each **remember this is a TASTING, so you don’t need to supply guests with enough for full servings of wine per every combo** (I typically purchase party wine at Trader Joe’s because the prices are 💯)
- Dump bucket – yes, that’s the official wine-world name for the bin where you pour any unwanted wine
- Tasting cups – small 1.5-3oz cups, pre-poured for sampling, and arranged next to corresponding cookie
- Wine glasses – once everyone has chosen their favorite combination(s), they can serve themselves a true serving of wine
- Platters – separate each cookie flavor onto individual serving platters and position them next to the pre-poured tasting cups
- Small plates and napkins – for the cookies (I got mine at Dollar Tree)
- Water – because… drinking
- Pairing Sheet – I made a very quick, version in Excel (it is not the most beautiful thing in the world) and shared it with everyone invited ahead of time, so they know what to expect and what type of wine will be available. Feel free to download and print. Link below.
Note: I apologize to anyone who is living a more “waste-free” lifestyle, all of the above is disposable/recyclable to maintain my sanity, but I’m sure there are waste-free alternatives available.