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Weekend Entertaining: Cards & Charcuterie

charcuterie set up for outdoor entertaining from Charleston Weekender

This post is in partnership with the Chinet® brand but all opinions are my own. 

Isn’t life better when we spend less time working and more time at play?! Sometimes I tend to let the overwhelm of entertaining get in the way of just bringing together my friends for a good time!  When I was in graduate school, my friends and I lived for game night. Today I decided to bring back “Cards & Charcuterie” with some help from some of the Chinet® brand products. 

Charleston Weekender dining al fresco in Charleston Sc for a game night

Charcuterie platters are one of my favorite offerings when it comes to dining al fresco, because it encourages everyone to sit and nibble while lingering as long as you want.  It’s also a great option if you want to have friends over to play games because everyone won’t have to also deal with cutlery or the mess of greasy pizza hands getting on your playing cards.

charcuterie plate DIY from Charleston blogger Charleston Weekender

I thought the Chinet® Classic White® platter was perfect for an easily transportable charcuterie board.  I had just a little bit of prep work to do, like slicing figs and cheese, but I knew I’d be able to easily toss everything at the end of the evening with no dishes to do!  I stacked the durable platter and some of the Chinet® Classic White® appetizer plates onto a tray to easily transport everything outside for an evening of fun.

Even with the weight of charcuterie offerings, the Chinet® Classic White® products were strong enough that I didn’t have to worry about any mess or sagging plates.  It’s nice to be able to nibble with a plate of apps on your lap without having to worry about leaks!

Disposable cups are also a must for dining al fresco so you don’t have to worry about breaks or clean up.  I opted for some Chinet® Cut Crystal® stemless wine glasses, because I thought their pretty swirl design was stylish and elegant and added a little oomph to my table top. They are also sturdy and comfortable to hold; don’t you love a stemless wine glass? You just toss these when you’re done, but I always hand wash wine glasses anyway, so I also think you could hand wash reuse these if you wanted to.

easy al fresco entertaining with Chinet & Charleston influencer Charleston Weekender

Now who is ready to host a game night of their own?!  Here are a few of my favorite card games from my grad school days in case you want to have your own impromptu girl’s night or date night in (you can find the rules to all of these via a quick Google search):

  • Cribbage

  • Gin Rummy

  • Pounce

  • Kings in the Corner

charleston game night by Charleston Influencer Charleston Weekender

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all images c/o Kim Graham Photography