Wine Diva Party Theme
Throwing a wine diva party can be a great way to get together with girlfriends to taste different wines and enjoy conversation. Diva parties don’t have to be expensive or elaborate to be fun; after all, it’s really about getting together for a little quality time with just the girls.
Throw a Party for your Wine Divas!
With a little planning and some creativity, your party can be a great success. Here are some guidelines to creating your own fabulous wine diva party.
Wine Diva Party Theme: Invitations
Choosing the right invitation sets the tone for your party. Whether it is a pre-printed or an electronic invitation, make sure that it conveys fun. Send your invitations out two to three weeks in advance. Or, if you’re planning your party several weeks ahead of time, send a “save the date” email to your guests first, noting that there will be more information to follow.
Make sure that your invitations include the date, time and place of your party along with instructions on how your guests should R.S.V.P. Ask each of your guests to wear at least one item that shows off their wine diva spirit, such as glitzy shoes, funky hats, a diva t-shirt, rhinestone jewelry, feather boas, or anything else with “bling.”
Wine Diva Party Theme: Music
Music fills up empty spaces with atmosphere. Have music playing as your guests arrive and keep the music going until it’s time for the party to end. Lively songs from some of your own favorite music Divas will keep the mood upbeat. Remember, this is background music and played not so loudly that your guests have a difficult time carrying on conversations.
To keep your guests engaged, consider having a contest planned. You can purchase inexpensive wine-related items at an off-price store as giveaway gifts. Some suggestions for contests are:
You can also find many other party contest and game ideas online.
Wine Diva Party Food
The food should be simple and easy for your guests to manage on a small plate while holding a glass of wine; but the food should also be substantial enough that your divas do not get tipsy drinking wine on an empty stomach.
An assortment of dips, cheese, crackers and small pieces of bread work well with a variety of wines. Small finger sandwiches or mini quiches are easy to prepare ahead of time and can fit easily on a small plate. To make it interesting, consider including two or three varieties of fondue including one in chocolate!
Even if you’re a novice at choosing wine, it’s easy to pair the above foods with wine. However, the most important thing to remember is to drink wine that you enjoy. There are no clear cut rules for pairing wine and food.
Wine suggestions for hard cheeses such as Asiago, Cheddar, Huntsman and Gouda include:
Choose three or four different types of wine. Good wines can be found in all price ranges. When shopping for wine for your party, ask for wine recommendations from the staff at your favorite wine store. For something fun and different, look for wines with clever, interesting labels that would appeal to any wine diva!
Wine Diva Party: Glassware, Plates & Napkins
Different colored wine glasses can be purchased inexpensively at discount or off-price stores. Painted wine glasses are often more expensive but can really add to the “diva” theme. If serving champagne or sparkling wine, champagne flutes should be used.
If using plain clear wine or champagne glasses, you can decorate the stem holders with wine charms; or tie a metallic bow onto the stem just below the bowl of the glass for a sassy look. Plastic stemware can also be used; but tasting wine in plastic really detracts from the wine tasting experience.
Wine Diva Party Theme: Table Decorations
There are some interesting bottle holders on the market that could easily be made into a table decoration or centerpiece. Wine bottle holders in the shape of a stiletto shoe would fit in nicely with the diva theme. Or, a large vase with an assortment of colorful flowers or feathers surrounded by sparkling foil stars, feather boas, or colorful stones would create texture and draw interest to your table.
Ideally, the plates and napkins should have the same color theme as the table decorations. Candles in various holders of shape and size can also make an interesting centerpiece for a table. You can find lots of other ideas online for interesting table decorations for your party.
Wine Diva Party: Setting up
Place the wine glasses and the bottles of wine on a separate table from the food table. One of the reasons for this is to keep your divas moving so that they don’t congregate in just one area of the room. Place a few small tea candles on the table for decoration.
White wines and champagne should be kept in the refrigerator two to three hours before the party to chill until they are placed on the table; once on the table, they should be placed in a wine chiller or ice bucket. Red wines should be placed in the refrigerator about 45 minutes before the party to slightly cool. They should be sit on the table cool but not chilled.
If you have non-wine drinkers on your guest list, make sure to have other beverages for them. Other than soft drinks, you might consider sparkling water or sparkling juice. These are fun non-alcoholic beverages to drink out of wine glasses.
Set out the food about 20 minutes prior to the arrival of your guests. Place a stack of plates and cocktail napkins on one end of the food table. Make sure that there are plenty of toothpicks or mini-forks and other utensils for your guests to pick up the food with.
About fifteen minutes prior to the arrival of your guests, open one bottle of each wine type. Don’t forget to place a wine opener near the unopened bottles of wine.
Check the powder room to make sure that it is clean and that there are plenty of fresh guest towels or decorative paper guest towels. Light a small scented candle.
About ten minutes prior to the arrival of your guests, light the candles on the tables and start the music.
When your Guests Arrive
Welcome them by offering a glass of wine and show them where the beverage and food tables are located. Start conversations with your diva guests and introduce them to other divas that they may not know.
If you have planned any games or contests, space them out during the party. Take pictures or assign someone to take pictures of your guests; this makes a thoughtful thank you and a nice remembrance of the fabulous time they had at your wine diva party!
Carol Wilcox is a self proclaimed wine diva and is the writer and co-owner of Southwest Wine Guide.
Carol is also a freelance article writer/blogger and marketing and promotional products consultant to the leisure and health industries and is the owner of Wild Dove Marketing, LLC.
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