Wine Tasting Party - DIY Inspired
20th Oct2011


Wine Tasting Party

by Dinah Wulf

I don’t know much about wine, but one of my best friends, and bride to be LOVES it.  Her mother, sister, and I decided to throw her a wine tasting bridal shower party. I have to say, it was one of the best showers I have been to.  Between the bridal shower games and the wine tasting itself we had such a great time that all the guests stayed for quite a while.  Here are a few easy DIY decorating ideas for a bridal shower wine tasting party theme.

Wine Tasting Score Cards

I made cards out of card stock and scrapbook paper that doubled as wine tasting score cards and an answer sheet to a “who knows the bride best” game. On the wine tasting score card I had instructions and a rating system for five different wines.  There were five categories including, appearance, aroma, body, taste, and finish. I supplied pencils with the letter “W” all over them, the initial for the bride’s new last name.

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Trivia Wine Bottle Frame

Wine Charms

I made personalized wine charms with each guest’s monogram.  For a complete tutorial on how to make wine charms click here.  Each guest took the glass and charm home as a party favor.

DIY Wine Charms

Wine Tasting

The wine tasting was so much fun.  I’ve never really done it before at a party.  I went to a local wine specialty store to help me choose the featured wines.  They were able to assist me and curtailed it to my budget.  I displayed the featured wines as part of a centerpiece as well as the wine tasting steps.

Featured Wines

Wine Tasting Rules

Bridal Shower Trivia Game

I wanted each guest to be able to mingle and meet one another, so I had a “who knows the bride best” game. Instead of the traditional ask and answer game, I displayed each question in a wine glass picture frame and placed them all around the room and outside on the patio.  It allowed each guest to walk around, talk, and look at the decorations. Some sample bridal shower trivia questions I used were:

  • What is the bride’s biggest pet peeve about the groom?
  • What is the bride’s most favorite feature of the groom?
  • What is the bride’s favorite sports team?
  • How many countries has the bride visited?
  • What is the bride’s favorite food?
  • Where did the bride and groom meet?
  • Where is the bride and groom going on their honeymoon?
  • Who asked whom out first?
  • Where was their first date?

If you are throwing a wine tasting party only, and not a bridal shower, consider using wine trivia questions instead.

Recycled Wine Bottle Centerpieces

Wine bottles come in so many sizes and colors and are so beautiful when they are grouped together.  I asked my friends to save their wine bottles and collected them to use as party decorations.  Click here to find out more on how to make wine bottle frames.

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Trivia Wine Bottle Frame 3

Trivia Wine Bottle

Wine Bottle Frame 3

Wine Bottle Frame

Hanging Tissue Paper Flowers

I made hanging tissue paper flowers out of cocktail napkins instead of tissue paper.  I decided to do this because it was cheaper than tissue paper, and the color scheme of the napkins fit the décor.  Click here for a full tutorial on how to make tissue paper flowers out of cocktail napkins.

Napkin Tissue Paper Flowers

Tissue Paper Flowers Napkins

Decorate Your Own Wine Glass

This party game was a hit!  I had a wine glass decorating station.  At the guest’s leisure, they were able to sit down and anonymously get creative.  The bride chose the winning glass. At the decorating station I had craft markers in all colors especially made for glass, gems in all sizes, shapes and colors, googly eyes, ribbon, and other embellishments. The winner received a prize and each guest took their glass home to remember the occasion.

Decorate a wine glass

Decorate Wine Glasses

Other Simple DIY Decorating Ideas

I framed the letters of the bride’s new last name, “Mrs. Walker”.

Bride's New Last Name

I used recycled wine corks to labeled the food by cutting a flat side and a slit on top with a sharp knife.

Cork Name Tags

I made easy DIY cupcake decorations with the couples monogram.

DIY cupcakes

I placed framed pictures of the happy couple everywhere.

picture of couple

I picked up recycled wine crates from a wine specialty shop to use in the décor.  Check your local wine shop.  They sell them for about $5.00 a piece, or give them away for free!

Trivia Game

I used scrapbook paper, ribbon, and twine to embellish recycled wine bottles.

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Embellished wine bottles

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P.S. Today is the bride to be’s birthday! Happy birthday, Sara! I love you!! Thanks for always being an inspiration in my life!

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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20 Responses to “Wine Tasting Party”

  • Sara

    Awww thanks D! I loved the party so much, everything was personal which gave it that special something. You are so talented! Love you!!

  • This was by far the most fun I’ve had at a Bridal Shower! Love you, Mermer!

  • Tam

    This was the best shower ever!!!. And I luv u both too…..Dinah you are so talented. Happy Birthday my Sister!!!!

  • Carrie

    You are so creative. It was a great party!

  • Thank you ladies!!! XOXO!

  • Krystyna Fventes

    This is a very cool party idea,i will definetly save this for sure,and i’ll come back again hehe :)

  • Jamie

    Such great ideas for a party! I like how you used recycled wine crates and wine bottles.

  • Griffin

    hello i just found your blog. great idea for a wine party and bridal shower in one! thanks!

  • Bridal Shower Ideas

    The pictures look really awesome adding a factor for great planning for the party.

  • Tallulah

    I am doing a wine-themed shower as well and these are some great ideas! Can you elaborate on how you did the wine tasting? I am trying to figure out logistics on this because I have a pretty big invite list!

    • Hi Tallulah! Thank you! This bridal shower was so much fun. For the wine tasting I made those wine scoring cards. On the cards I hade the instructions: “Give a score from one to five for each category and total. Highest average for all guests wins.” The “winner” was the wine (not a guest). The categories were: appearance, aroma, body, taste, finish. Per the bride’s request we did all red wine. It’s up to you on what wine to choose. Some people mix both red and white, and start the tasting with the whites. I purchased wine glasses that doubled as favors and those were used for the tasting. For each tasting, pour only a small taste (about and ounce). I had a dump bucket ready if anyone wanted to use it (which no one did!!).

      There are about 20-25 taste servings in a typical wine bottle. That is how I measured how many bottles to buy. I also bought 2 extra of each in case anyone wanted more. I would suggest purchasing the wine at a wine specialty store. Ask someone for help and tell them you are hosting a wine tasting party. They can help you find GREAT wines for less than $10 a bottle.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have more questions.

      Dinah

      P.S. If you end up doing it, feel free to post pictures on our FB page! http://www.facebook.com/diyinspired

  • lucia

    Great Ideas, especially love the score card. My cousins and I are planning something similar for our other cousins bridal shower. You wouldn’t happen to still have that template? or be willing to share, would you? Thanks for the ideas either way! :)

    • Thank you do much! I’d love to share it with you! I believe it’s in my old laptop. Let me find it and I’ll email you directly!

  • Mina

    Such great ideas! Looked like a ton of fun. Love the little wine charms.

  • Gail Smicklas

    Hello! I just came across your ideas for a wine party. I’m having one this Sat evening and I just love the flavor you added to your wine party. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!!

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