Theme parties are a unique way to escape. For this wine tasting party, your décor is essential to make your wine party lively and exciting.
Wine Tasting Party Décor
1. Frozen Fun
Decorate the bar area with wine glasses full of frozen grapes. This is a classy way to present ice and will keep the wine from being watered down. Make sure to freeze both red and green grapes for different wines.
2. Set the Mood
Lighting is a make or break point for any get-together. Keep overhead lights, and table or floor lamps turned off so guests can correctly judge the color and infusions of wine. To avoid glare, cover your table with dark linen, which will block the stains’ sight.
3. Ice Bucket
Place empty ice buckets throughout the party to be used as a dumping station for disliked wine – place buckets on a tray to prevent spilling, and splash stains.
4. Light Up
Cut the bottoms off empty wine bottles and stuff with Christmas lights for décor that is sure to catch your guests’ eyes. Also, it’s a perfect way to add a little hint of light and sparkle.
5. Tuscan Theme
Decorate with deep browns, reds, greens, and purples, accented with gold. Flowers and grapes, real or fake, should be the focus. The goal is to compliment the event while creating an eye-catching decor.
6. Playing With Food
On top of a mirror, create a classy candelabra out of fresh grapes and vines (Don’t throw off your taste buds with scented candles and flowers). Unleash your inner architect and form a centerpiece tower of crackers, olives, apples, cheese, and other supplies you see fit.
7. Photo Booth
Set up an area for your guests to take pictures with friends and family. Photo booths are a fun way to preserve memories and look great! Hang up white mesh, string lights, and decorate the surroundings with flowers (or whatever fits your theme). You can also make cute props with which people can pose. Find more supplies here.
Wine Tasting Party Menus
Although it is a wine tasting party, it wouldn’t hurt to have little snacks on which your guests can munch. It will help soak up the alcohol but do keep them simply because the wine should be the star of the show.
8. Cheese, Please!
What goes best with a nice glass of wine? CHEESE! Never let your guests go hungry and surprise them with a cheeseboard. Pepperjack to cheddar cheese blocks would be good. Try to select cheeses that compliment the wine choices and other snacks. For example, Brie is a soft cheese that pairs well with apples and Chardonnay. The possibilities are endless.
9. Garlic Bread
Garlic and wine are an excellent pairing and can be served in a variety of ways. A natural crowd-pleaser is garlic bread! Buy sliced bread and spread melted butter with garlic and parsley leaves on top. Bake it for 5-8 minutes or until toasted at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Garlic pairs well with acidity, like citrusy white wines or Merlot.
Similar to a charcuterie board (which you can make, too), layout and assortment of cured fish, nuts, pickles, and crackers for your guests to mix and match. This approach can easily be paired with a range of wines.
11. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Sweet tooth? Chocolate + Strawberries = Heaven. You can buy it or make it yourself or even bring out a chocolate fountain for your guests to enjoy. Keep in mind that the appropriate wine pairing my change depending on the type or flavor of the chocolate.
Wine Tasting Party Favors
12. Wine-O’s Unite
Spread the love of wine, with a gift card to a local winery. If there is none in your area, a specialty liquor store will do.
13. Bottle Charms
Visit a local department store for sets of bottle charms. These are excellent wine tasting favors since each guest can use them to identify their glass.
14. Mini Bottles
When picking out wines to taste, order an assortment of 3 mini bottles to give to each guest. The optional idea is to tie tags to each bottle with wine pairing recommendations.
15. Bottle Stoppers
The basic cork is so last year, pick out a fun decorative cork for your guest, so they can enjoy wine and still preserve it. You can potentially color-code them for organizational purposes.
16. Empty Bottles
After the wine tasting is over, let the guest take the empty bottles home as a favor.
17. Wine Glasses
Personalize a wine glass per person and have them take it home with them.
Games and Activities for your Wine Tasting Party
Breakaway from the cookie-cutter wine parties with activities, crafts, and other ideas for wine tasting games. Find out who the real “Wine-O” in the bunch is! If within your budget, give a nice bottle of wine to the winners.
18. Training and Tasting
Lead your guests towards becoming a wine connoisseur. Before diving in for a taste, coach them on how to experience the wines – through smell and taste. As an extra, you can hand out “cheat sheets” of what to look for while tasting at parties.
19. Wine Keepsake
Provide guests with a list of each wine’s name, and space for them to rate it, writing down their opinions. This way, they can save it for future buying purposes.
20. Corky Crafts
After you open the bottle, cork crafts are a great idea! Create wreaths or cork boards, and if there is not enough, you can buy them at a local craft store. Have ribbons and dyes in colors of deep purples, greens, and tans.
21. Matching With Food
Ask questions about the different wines in relation to foods like meats, cheeses, and fruits. Create some competition with trivia games and throw a prize in the mix, like a gift card for a Tuscan inspired restaurant.
22. Word Search
Make a word search containing popular brands and styles of wine. Word search makers can help you make custom puzzles that fit the wine and food provided.
23. Polaroid Coasters
At the beginning of the party, take Polaroid pictures of each guest or couple. Small tiles will be the bases of the coasters; mod podge and clear spray paint will hold the tiles’ pictures. Coat the bottom with a piece of felt, and viola!
24. The Ultimate Wine Presentation
Instruct the how-to’s of a wine presentation, having guests compete after on who could do it the best!
25. Crowd Favorites
After guests get to taste each wine, tally up the results, and decide what was the favorite wine of the night. You can judge different categories such as “best paired with cheese,” “best red wine,” “Best with Chocolate,” and so many more.
26. Wine Bottle Word Scramble
Whichever guest can make the most words out of “Wine Bottle” is a fun activity. A bottle of wine should be the prize, of course!
Wine is more than just a drink, it’s a beautiful accompaniment to explore different flavors. With this, you’re in the right direction to planning a perfect wine tasting party!
Written by Anjelica Lapi and Samantha Shek
Edited by June Park
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