We have a bit of a tradition among the group of ladies that you see in this picture. Over 10 years ago, we began taking an annual trip together that is fondly referred to as the "Spa Buddy Trip."
The trip got its name because when we first began, we went on a two day trip to a spa and had massages and manicures (in addition to ALOT of shopping, eating and partying!).
Somewhere along the way, the tradition of having an easy fondue party each time we met began. I call them easy because all six of us get in the kitchen together and cook which is so much fun.
We drink, chat, chop and giggle our way through the preparations. When you have 6 ladies in the kitchen together, fondue cooking could not be easier.
Whether you want to host an easy fondue party with some friends or if you want to do it more regularly with your family, you can learn how to fondue in no time at all using my fondue cooking ideas.
Easy Fondue Recipes
Cheese Fondue Recipes
Meat Fondue Recipes
Broth Fondue Recipes
Dessert Fondue Recipes
Easy Side Dishes
Fondue Dipping Sauces
Share YOUR Recipes Chocolate Fountains
First, you will need to make a couple of important decisions.
Type of Fondue Party -- Are you going to have a fondue party where everybody sits around a table like at a dinner party? Or are you going to have a more casual affair where fondue pots are set up on a buffet table or in your family room on a coffee table? This decision will help you figure your how many people you can invite to your fondue party and what kind of equipment you will need.
Number of People -- If you are having a sit down fondue party, everyone will need to be able to reach the fondue pots so I would limit it to 6 people. If you want to have a larger party, set your fondue pots on buffet tables and around the house. That way everybody can graze when they want to.
Once you figure out the type of fondue party you are having and the number of people to invite, you can organize your fondue equipment and pick out your recipes.
I have hosted both sit down and buffet-type fondue parties. For the sit down parties, I serve two savory fondues, like Garlic Cream Cheese Fondue and Chili Cumin Cheese Fondue and one dessert fondue, like Grand Marnier Chocolate Fondue.
All three of these are served in my Rival Fondue Pots. Check out the picture of my last fondue party. You can see two of the fondue pots in use.
Learning how to fondue is not difficult. Figure out what kind of party you want to have and the number of people you are going to invite and then plan out your Fondue Recipes. Check out my Easy Fondue Recipes below.
Keeping your party small (6 people or less) makes setting up the table for an easy fondue party, well...EASY!
Notice how I did it in the picture just above. First thing I do is to position everything on the table, even empty bowls and fondue pots, to ensure a good fit.
Hosting a fondue party was a really popular thing to do in the 70's and then it fizzled out. Recently, it has made a huge comeback.
Why? Because with our busy lifestyles, people are getting away from having formal, sit down dinner parties and opting for more casual parties, like a Wine Tasting Party, a Bunco Theme Party or an Easy Fondue Party. Easy to plan, easy to execute and so much fun.
I love this trend! I say let's bring back the 70's-kind-of-casual-parties and fondue is the perfect fit.
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Having the right equipment will make your life as a host SO much easier. Over the years I have tried several different types of pots and have learned to have a variety of pots available so that you are ready for any situation.
There are many styles to choose from but basically it comes down to the heating source and the size of the pot. I am familiar with 3 different types of fondue pots:
Electric Pot -- I own 3 Rival Fondue Pots. For a party of 8 people, I usually use 2 of them for the savory recipes, like Hot Crab Fondue and Bacon Cheddar Fondue and the third one for dessert, like Mocha Cinnamon Fondue. What I like most about these pots, besides the fact that they are electric, is that they have an easy-to-clean interior so cheese fondue does not stick like it does in some pots.
Sterno Pot -- The Rachael Ray Fondue Pot is an example of a sterno pot. This type of pot works well when you want to set up fondue away from electricity, like on a coffee table. You will not have to worry about people tripping over electrical cords.
Tea Light Pot -- The Staub Fondue Pot is an example of this type of pot. You can also find very small tea light pots that work well for chocolate fondue recipes.
You will find many of these Fondue Pots here.
For smaller fondue parties, say 8 - 12 people, I use my 3rd Rival Fondue Pot for dessert, but for larger parties, my Rival Chocolate Fountain is a HUGE hit.
It does not matter how old my guests are, everybody loves that chocolate fountain!
I recently used it at my daughter's high school graduation party. We set it up on a separate table in the kitchen and surrounded it by all kinds of dippers like pound cake, pretzels, sugar wafer cookies, Oreos, bananas, strawberries, pineapple and sprinkles. For the entire night, there were people all around the fountain raving about how cool it was.
Click here to go to our Chocolate Fountain store where you will find several models to choose from.
Once you have your fondue pots and accessories, you are ready to choose your recipes.For a party of 6 or 8, I recommend serving two savory fondue recipes (see Cheese, Meat and Broth sections below) and one dessert fondue recipe.
Find additional fondue recipes here and share some of your own.
Click here for more easy fondue recipes.
In addition to serving savory and dessert fondues, choose 1 or 2 easy side dishes to accompany the meal. I especially like serving a salad or rice dish like these:
Along with the dippers that are recommended with each recipe, like bread, broccoli and apples, offering a few quality dipping sauces really adds to your spread.
You can easily make them yourself or you can choose to buy them from your local market or from on-line sources.
These go particularly well with the Broth Fondues above.