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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Planning Your Holiday Wine Parties

November 1st, 2017

Planning your holiday parties

Hosting a slew of holiday wine parties this year? Why not? It’s the most wonderful time of the year as they say. So what better way to celebrate the season than with awesome wine and food pairings. It will give you a fantastic opportunity to experiment with a variety of wine and food ideas. Here are a couple of ideas that will help your planning process go smoothly:

Choose a theme for your party!

We know it’s the holidays, but who says you can’t have a specific theme for your wine tasting party? Having a theme will make things much easier because you will be able to focus your plans around it. For example, if you want it to be a “throwback” type of party, you can plan your wine and food menu accordingly. Pick labels that will let you and your guests reminisce shared warmth of nostalgia. Pair the wine with taste treats that remind you of fond childhood memories. A theme can let you go a long way, so choose wisely!

Personalize your party decor and/or souvenirs!

You may think it will entail a lot of expense to dress up your place for a holiday wine party, but that’s not the case. Personalizing your decor will actually save you a lot of $$$. Now that you have a theme, you can work your decor around that as well. But the first thing you need to do is recycle! Open those boxes of old holiday decors tucked away in your basement or garage. Pull out old wine bottles, boxes or crates. These will make great containers for accessories such as flowers, candles, and what-not. For your souvenirs, customize them to give your guests a really memorable holiday experience. One of our recommendations would be to purchase drinking glasses (not necessarily wineglasses) and paint them with cool wine quotes. Or you could bake some goodies, throw them in mini gift-baskets with mini wine bottle samples.

Personalize your party!

Don’t forget the ice-breakers!

You don’t really need to play games during wine tasting parties. However, it’s a very good idea to plan an ice-breaker in advance. It’s especially useful if you’re having more people over and not everyone is well-acquainted with each other. An initial blind tasting is one of the most popular ice-breakers, but modify the rules to make it for fun rather than formal. If you want to do a spin-the-bottle type of game, modify the usual truth or dare. You can make it simply just a dare and have your guests try out mystery wines or food and guess them.

Do you have some great holiday wine party planning ideas to share? We’d love to hear them, too! ^_^


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