Alpine Dinner Party (A Fun-Do!)

Big hair, shearling coats and fondue dinner parties were all the rage in the 70s.

Two of those things are already back in vogue, and I’m determined to make the third cool again.

Think about it, a big table surrounded by all of your favourite people. In the centre, all sorts of delicious sharing nibbles, steaming mugs of mulled wine, flickering candles, and of course… enough molten cheese to bathe in.

None of the faffing about of a traditional dinner party where you spend all your time beavering away in the kitchen, you can whip this up with your eyes closed and actually enjoy the party.

Just give it a go. I guarantee you’ll love it and before you know it the 70s will live again!

We started by laying the table, creating a long runner along the middle of empty plates, boards and fondue pots.


All intertwined with greenery and dotted with candles.


With 12 guests, we went for 1 fondue pot between 4, so 3 in total.

While Val chopped veggies, I got to work prepping the fondue.


My top fondue trick?

Rub the pan with half a clove of garlic.


It might seem a bit odd but it really does give the cheese a lovely subtle flavour.

To serve 4 you’ll need:

1 big glass of white wine

400g emmental (grated)

600 gruyere (grated)

1tsp cornflour (cornstarch in US)

2tsp kirsch (optional)

Rub your pan with garlic. Add your wine (pour yourself a glass while you’re at it) and place over a medium heat. Add your cheese and stir until melted and creamy (not stringy).

In a little bowl mix together your cornflour and kirsch, unless you don’t have any in which case use wine instead. Stir into the mixture and keep moving on a very low heat until you’re ready to serve.

You can do this in your fondue dish if it’s metal and you’re only making one. But as I made three, I used a serious saucepan to make them all at once!


Cheesy music most certainly necessary, singing along compulsory.



Twisting like your mum did when you were kids also encouraged.


We piled the table high with all sorts of dippers.


Baby carrots, chopped pears, apples, radishes, cold cuts and most importantly a couple of nice crusty baguettes, chopped up.


Place settings secured with scarlet ribbon.


Mulled wine warming on the stove.

Recipe here.


Red wine breathing, white wine chilling.



Red dress // Serious saucepan

Copper fondue pots (UK/US) // Flame fuel

Heart wooden boards

Alpine water glasses // Patterned bowls

Candle glasses // Similar wine glasses

Wooden table // Kitchen chairs





Finally, once everyone had settled in and had a few drinks we moved over to the table and I served the cheese.


Poured carefully into the pots and placed over little flames.


You know you’ve done a good job laying the table when everyone wants to Instagram it before they sit down!


Though it didn’t take long for everyone to get thoroughly stuck in!


Dip, dip, dipping away.


A marvellously interactive, ice-breaker of a starter and main course all in one!


Of course with the smell of Swiss cheese filling the house, we couldn’t keep furry visitors away for long.



For pudding I served a millefoglie (from the deli down the street) with lots of berries, coffee and mint tea.

Easy doesn’t even cut it and no-one called for a carriage until the early hours of the next morning, so I think we can safely say it was a success!

Give your own alpine dinner party a go while it’s still cold and dark outside, you’re going to love it!

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  • So cool … Such a festive and fun little gathering. So beautiful! 🙂
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  • Chicken

    Love how authentic the fondue recipe is! My husband likes dipping cooked baby potatoes into the cheese. Makes for a nice Racelette/Founde hybrid!

    • Rosie

      He sounds like a keeper!

  • Bec

    Love love love this! Must try.

    • Rosie

      Let me know how you get on!

  • I wish I got invited to parties like this! It looks amazing!!

  • The next time someone says it’s too difficult to cook for vegetarians, I know what to suggest! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Rosie

      Excellent idea!

  • Grace Ross

    my swiss godfather also adds a fresh grind of nutmeg to the recipe! you should try that next time 🙂

    • Rosie

      Sounds delish, will give it a go x

  • Rose you are talented! I would be scared to host a party for so many. 🙂

    • Rosie

      Honestly, a few tubs of cheese and it’s no work at all! 😉

  • Joules

    This looks delicious! I definitely have to give a fondu dinner a try with my bestie!

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  • Your fondue pots are gorgeous! This looks so fun (and delicious). 🙂

    • Rosie

      Thanks B!

  • I am going to try this Friday night! Light a bunch of candles and have a romantic night in with my hubby! Great idea Rosie!!!

    • Rosie

      Sounds like perfection S! x

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Looks brilliant, you did a fab job on the table decor too!


    • Rosie

      Thanks Doll x

  • What an awesome idea for a dinner party! I love fondue. In college I worked at a fondue restaurant. I should pick up a pot and throw my own Alpine Dinner Party!

    • Rosie

      That sounds like the perfect excuse S!

  • Cheese fondue is absolutely amazing and so nice to share with friends! This looks like a lovely evening!


  • Kari Guastella

    What a fun party! I fell in love with fondue in Switzerland when I was 12 and have been obsessed ever since!

    • Rosie

      A life long love affair with cheese, I feel you! 😉

  • Social guy

    Must try this 🙂

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  • I love this idea! Fuss free entertaining. Your table looked beautiful & I love the copper pots you used for the fondues.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Love minimal effort recipes where you can actually enjoy them at the same time as everyone rather than having to stay stuck in the kitchen! Looks delicious and love your fondue pot! x
    (Side note: – Whilst I’m all for the 70s resurfacing – those fish mousse recipes have GOT to stay in the past haha!

  • Athena Politou

    Your entertaining ideas always give me loads of inspiration! Some serious art de la table right there!