Happy Monday! Emma here and we are so excited to be kicking off a brand new month at Emmaline Bride! Can you believe it’s already November?! This month, we’ll be bringing you some pretty exciting stuff, so be sure you’re on the list so you don’t miss it! First up, we’re talking about how to plan a wine bachelorette party complete with wine tastings, cheese samplings, and a girls weekend bash so epic your girls won’t stop talking about it for days. How do you get started? Read on to find out more!
Wine Bachelorette Party
Date + Location
First things first: you’ll want to pick a date and location. For a wine bachelorette party, you’ll want to either pick an evening to hold the party and decide on a location. Your home, a hotel suite, or a restaurant are just a few places to host. If you’re planning a wine tasting weekend, pick a destination known for its wine tastings — think Napa or Sonoma in California, New York or New Jersey, Southern Oregon, or Traverse City or Leelenau in Michigan. These are just a few I’m familiar with off the top of my head — but you’ll know of places near you, too. Also look for wineries in the area where you can do wine tastings (and schedule them in advance).
Here are some wine tours lists to get you started!
o Napa Valley (California)
o Pennsylvania Wine Tours
o New Jersey Wine Tours
o Santa Cruz (California)
o Hudson Valley (New York)
o Sonoma (California)
o Traverse City (Michigan)
o Leelenau Peninsula (Michigan)
o New York Wine Tours
P.S. You don’t have to travel anywhere. If you opt for something closer to home (like, say, a wine bachelorette party hosted at a home or hotel), just bring your own wine bottles and wine glasses to plan your own at-home party. It’s just as much fun! You can even hire a sommelier — an expert in wine — who can come for a two hour wine tasting experience to teach everyone about wine.
Next, you need an invitation. There are a handful of cute ones we spotted on Etsy which are great because they’re totally customized. Here are a few we adore!
This itinerary in Napa for a girls’ weekend sounds pretty amazing, am I right? By Cake Print Shop. I love the purple, hot pink, and gold color palette used here.
After your location and invitation are set, you’ll need to arrange transportation. For a wine tasting themed party, keeping everyone safe and having reliable transportation to get everyone from one place to the next is a must (like this). If you’re planning a party at home, guests can spend the night or arrange for cab rides home. For a weekend wine bachelorette party, plan ahead for a limo bus that can pick everyone up, wait at each wine tasting location, and drive everyone back to one location (like a hotel suite).
Food and Drink
If you’re doing a wine tasting tour, plan to stop (many) times for food. You’ll want to keep everyone hydrated and fed to ensure no one gets sick. Plan to stop at a restaurant along the way, or opt for cheese and appetizers at the wine tasting locations you’ll be stopping at — many of them offer food.
Wine + Glasses
If you’re hosting the party, pick out unique types of wine in a variety of styles. You can plan the party around a certain area, like France, with the following wines offered to sample: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah, Viognier, and Chardonnay. Some popular United States wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel. For an Italy themed wine tasting, opt for Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Moscato, and Pinot Grigio. Or, just mix-and-match depending on favorites among your group of friends. You can’t really go wrong here. :) (P.S. You can find out more about certain wines in this wine guide). To help with costs (and to make it more fun), invite each guest to bring a bottle of their favorite wine to sample at the party.
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For the wine tasting, offer each guest a glass with a marker to keep track of who’s glass is whose. I’m in love with these Olivia Pope inspired wine charms that I might just need a set of my own. By Bling on the Wine.
and these, too!
And of course, wine glasses…
You’ll want to decide if you’re doing a blind tasting (with wine labels covered) or not. A blind tasting makes the tasting a guessing game. You can easily cover the bottles on the cheap with aluminum foil, like so:
Either way, you’ll want guests to record their favorites on these handy wine tasting charts. These are by Big Yellow Dog Designs.
In between tastings, you’ll need water to rinse the glasses as well as these crackers, specially designed to enhance the taste of wine and cleanse the palate.
Fruit and Cheese
Fruit and cheese (with crackers) goes perfectly as appetizers while sipping on wine. A cheese board, different cheese samplings, and markings are great to have on hand for guests to sample.
These cute cheese spreaders by Wooden Hive are hand-stamped with different varieties of cheese.
… and this cheese board from Dust and Things is engraved with initials, making this a keepsake gift the bride can keep for wine and cheese tastings ever after.
Not sure where to start? Here’s a terrific wine and cheese pairings chart from Love Letters to Home.
Keep bottles of water in a cooler inside the tour bus or in your backpack to offer to everyone. If your party is at home, you’ll obviously have plenty of water at the ready. In a hotel, little water bottles are helpful (since you won’t have extra cups or glassware) stockpiled and ready to drink. Hydration is obviously important.
It’s a bachelorette bash, so you’ll want to include tons of fun touches throughout the party. For starters, some tank tops or tees the girls can wear is a plus! Make it a Bride’s drinking team (tank by Waterfall Designs):
I love this pop the champagne tee! By Cherry and Vine.
And obviously, this Chardon-HEYYYYY! tee, too. It’s pretty perfect for a wine bachelorette party.
There’s Drink, Drank, Drunk, a tank top getting lots of attention over at Esef Apparel…
Or ask the question, Wine Not?, which everyone can wear long after the bachelorette party is over!
And these tanks, especially if you plan on dancing the night away! Cue Bey’s Single Ladies.
Set up cute place cards made from re-purposed (and glittery!) wine corks at each guest’s place setting, like these by Kara’s Vineyard Wedding:
Have guests guess the number of corks! Winner wins a huge basket of wine, cheese, crackers, etc.
Send guests home with fun take-away gifts, like this wine-themed favor bag for *ahem* hangovers. Hopefully no one has any, but you know that bachelorette parties + hangovers sometimes go hand in hand!
Send guests home with a favorite wine of yours from the party, placed in one of these chic wine bags. By Laura Hooper Calligraphy.
Give guests a beautiful wine stopper to use at home for their own wine parties, like these from Kara’s Vineyard Wedding.
These soaps remind me of the spa themed bachelorette party we talked about last week! These soaps from Ginger Grey are made from wine and feature scents including Cabernet Sauvignon and White Zinfandel, shown below.
And you can put a bunch of goodies in these custom tote bags, like this wine country themed tote from Laura Hooper Calligraphy…
… or this tote that reads, You Had Me At Merlot. Ha! By Painted by the Shore.
And last but not least… save all of the corks from the party in this box from Little Lost Button USA and offer it as a gift to the bride.
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