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How to Host a Rose and Rosé Party

Everything’s coming up roses! From rosé to rose-flavored dishes and desserts, I can’t get enough of all things pink. So I’m taking it to the next level with a step-by-step guide to creating a rose and rosé party. Hope you can make it!

A Rose-Infused Menu

Rose water’s delicate flavor has a culinary history in Middle Eastern, African, and Asian dishes such as gulab jamun and turkish delight. We’ve spotted it recently in a diverse collection of salads, desserts, jams, and cocktails. I’ve selected a few of my favorites.

Colorful Tomato Salad with Rose Water

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I’m going to start by serving this colorful salad that pairs the flavors of rose water and mint mixed with in-season veggies. You can turn it into an hors d'oeuvre by putting it atop crostini and for a rosey bruschetta.

Move to the main course with a lovely Apricot-Almond Pilaf served alongside  Moroccan Peach Roasted Chicken, each made with just a tiny hint of rose.


Browse dozens of rose water recipes.


Time for Dessert!

Layali Libnan (Lebanese Nights)

Your guests will rave about the combination of the pistachio and caramel flavors with a hint of rose water.

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Cardamom Rose Meringues

Try these delicate treats for a delicate final bite. Or make the vegan version.

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Or try an extravagant Rose Petal Pound Cake.

Rosé Sips

Naturally, I’ll be serving rosé to stay on-theme. Here are my top four favorite rosé sangrias. So light. So refreshing. So pink.

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Check out our rosé and food pairing guide.


Party's still going strong? See our sangria recipes and recipes for  rose-shaped things.


Perfect Decorations and Favors

Of course, your table setting will need to be on-theme. Here are a few ideas:

Rose_peony napkins. Photo by Meredith

Peony bud decorations. Photo by Meredith

Rose_pink table setting. Photo by Meredith

Photo by Meredith


Organic mini roses can be frozen into ice cubes for an added splash of color. | Photo by Meredith


Party’s really heating up? Serve up Raspberry Rosé Wine Slushies! and be sure to check out our slushie pro tips.


Don't Forget the Party Favors

There are so many options for rose and rose-colored gifts to help your rose buds remember the evening....from miniature rose plants to fragrant rose-scented lotions and lip balms. Or, gift tasty takeaways like rose-flavored hard-candies. Really, any pink-colored sweet will do. And naturally you'll be sending your friends home with whimsical rose-colored glasses.


I also put together a rose playlist on Spotify for the first hour of your gathering. Keep it on a repeat for a glorious pink-filled evening.

About Katie Johnson

Feasting, travelling, and running through life one state at a time. Follow me at 5kin50states.wordpress.com.