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How To Have a Wine Tasting Party - and Decorate with Oly-Fun™!

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 How To Have a Wine Tasting Party

 

Hi Everyone! 

Here's How-To Host a Wine Tasting Party and decorate with Fairfield’s Oly-Fun™ material! 

It’s the perfect way to bring beautiful colors and drama to any party, and it won’t break the bank.

I’m dying to show you how I turned our gazebo into a wine tasting room and used Oly-Fun to decorate the tables. 

I also have a ton of party tips on how to entertain your guests and throw a party that everyone will be talking about.  So, let’s get started!

  

Here are some of the things you'll need:

How To Have a Wine Tasting Party

How to Have a Wine Tasting Party

Oly-Fun™ Material:  10 Yards each –

Orange Crush

Sea Green

Brick

Pretty paper to accent Oly-Fun™ colors!

Pretty paper to accent Oly-Fun™ colors!

 

Here's how to turn a simple gazebo or any other space into a dramatic wine tasting room.

How To Have a Wine Tasting Party

Hang Oly-Fun™ and drape into dramatic swaths of color.

 

Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY

Cut 60" wide Oly-Fun™ panels the desired length for drapes.  I measured from the tops of the windows to the floor for the right length.

Cut 8" tabs in the tops of the panels, 2 1/2" apart.

Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIYInterlace the tabs at the top of a rod or rope in the window opening.

Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY

Tie the tabs around the rope into a knot to hold in place.  With Oly-Fun™ you don't have to worry about fraying, and you don't have to hem anything.  It's literally a no-sew draping system!

Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY

Alternate colors and tie together with a rope.  I already had burlap colored panels in the corners of the gazebo, so I integrated them into the color scheme.  The Oly-Fun™ panels added much-needed color to the party scheme.

Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY

I continued adding Oly-Fun™ drapes around the gazebo and loved the dramatic effect as it set the mood for wine tasting.

The next step for decorating was to set the tables for food, wine, and a water station.

Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY

I layered the tables with the rich colors of Oly-Fun™ and put a panel of burlap down the centers of a couple of tables first.  Then came the Oly-Fun™ which I cut in incremental widths.

Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY

Cut 22" panel of Sea Green Oly-Fun™.  

Cut 19" panel of Orange Crush Oly-Fun™

Cut 16" panel of Brick Oly-Fun™. And place on table in layers.

Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY  Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY

Then I added an 11" panel of gift wrapping paper with all the coordinating colors. 

Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY

After layering all the panels, I stapled the ends to hold in place during the party. 

Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY

I love how the gerbera daisies match the Oly-Fun™ Orange Crush. The floral centerpieces were placed on each end of the table, with a cheese platter in the center.

Oly-Fun™ materials for a Wine Tasting Party DIY

Here's How-To Make an elevated Cheese Platter:

Here's How-To Make an elevated Cheese Platter: Here's How-To Make an elevated Cheese Platter:

Place 4 clay pots upside down in the center of the table.   Place a slate tile on top of the pots.  Cover with waxed paper.

Here's How-To Make an elevated Cheese Platter:

Fill the platter with fresh fruit, cheeses, crackers and deli meats, placed on a bed of greens.  Guests will appreciate bites of dark chocolate and bruschetta to munch on between tasting wine.

How to Make a Hanging Pallet Table

To make the hanging pallet table, we covered a wooden pallet wit a panel of plywood.  Then we put metal braces on the corners of the table and eye-bolts to hang from the ceiling with a heavy rope.

How To Make A Hanging Pallet Table

I tied burlap to the eye bolts to hold the panels to the table in the wind, and to cover the plywood for a nice finish for the tasting table.

How to Have a Wine Tasting Party

Now for some handy Wine Tasting Party Tips!

How to Make Wine Tasting Party Invitations

The first impression you make on your guest for any party is with the invitations!  And if you give them something to stick it to the refrigerator it will help them to remember and save the date.  I made 3-inch PattieWack Pompoms and glued them to the ends of corks and then glued a magnet to the back.  It was a perfect reminder and a fun way to let them know they were going to have a great time!

Here's Wine Tasting Party invitation, which you can feel free to copy:
You and Your Guest are invited to an evening of
Wine Tasting
Guests bring a secret bottle of ‘theme’ wine
along with a paired appetizer.
During the tasting, guests judge wine on a scale from 1 to 10
At the end of the evening the secrets are revealed
and scores are announced for the top 3 choices.
This event’s theme wine:
Pinot Noir
May 19, 2018
7 - 10 p.m.
Please keep cost of wine under $15
The Wilkinson's
(our address and phone)
How to Have a Wine Tasting Party with Oly-Fun™
The first impression when your guests arrive is at the Front Door!  You will probably be too busy to stand at the door and let guests in, and it's great to tuck a sign in the entryway to let them know they're at the right place and to come on in!
How to Host a Wine Tasting Party
As soon as guests arrive, place their bottle of wine in a bag and tie a tag around the neck.  I made tags with the alphabet and a ribbon tie.  These identify each wine for the guests to taste and judge during the evening.
How to Host a Wine Tasting Party
Have a blank score card and pencils for each guest.  As they taste wine throughout the evening, they write down the letter off the tag, and judge the wine from 1 to 10 and write their score beside the letter.  At the end of the wine tasting, all the scores are added up for each bottle of wine.  The top 3 winning wines are revealed for everyone to see!  It's a great way to try new wines, and expand your taste in different types of wine. 
We like to keep the cost of wine under $15 to keep it fair and less expensive for the guests.
How to Have a Wine Tasting Party with Oly-Fun™

Place comfy Fairfield™ Poly-Fil pillows everywhere!

Place comfy Fairfield™ Poly-Fil pillows everywhere!

Cover a hard plastic ball with wine corks for a conversation starter and a great centerpiece you can use over and over.

How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

Party Favors made with corks glued to ceramic tiles are super fun and easy to make!

How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

Set up a watering station with bottled water on ice in a tub, with some crackers and fresh flower arrangements.

Oly-Fun™ Shade

Be sure to keep the grounds well lit for your guests to feel safe and able to see where they're walking with their hands full of wine, goodies, and their score cards.  Plus, it sets the mood while adding a nice ambience to the party.  You can even sew shades with the Oly-Fun™ material for an extra pop of color!

How to Have a Wine Tasting Party

I hope I've given you a ton of tips for having your own...

Wine Tasting Party!

 

A big shout-out to the folks at Fairfield World for sponsoring the party with the beautiful and dramatic addition of decorations with Oly-Fun™ !

 

 

 

 



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