Hosting a themed wedding shower: wine & cheese…

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wine and cheese wedding shower 11… yes, please! Thankfully, the bride and groom also share my love for a little vino.

Last weekend, I hosted – with the help of two other bridesmaids – a “wine & cheese” wedding shower for my good friend Amanda, and her fiance Casey (you might recognize them).

Now, I love a good theme, but since my ideas (thanks Pinterest) don’t always translate to cute decorations, I enlisted additional help from chalkboard-writer extraordinaire Grace!

Allow me to give you a tour … Wine List wine and cheese wedding shower - dispalyIn the above photos:

All the chalkboards were made by Grace, of course.

The cute advice cards (↑) came from Wedding Paper Divas, because who doesn’t need a few words of wisdom from old pros on what marriage is all about? .

Eight months in, Jeff and I definitely know what we’re doing. 😉 wine and cheese wedding shower 8 wine bottle centerpiecesIn the above photos: The “Amanda & Casey” banner was made by Grace (shocker, i know).

The re-purposed wine bottles were filled with Peruvian lilies, and in place of traditional wine bottle labels, I used double-sided gift tags from Wedding Paper Divas. It was simple – we put two tags – one of each side – tied with ribbon around the neck of the bottle!

The framed quotes, that was the work of one of the co-hosts – she asked the couple in advance to talk about their significant other and what they love most about him/her. She put the quotes in small frames and placed them throughout the room. Simple, but an added personal touch!

Now for the good stuff (finally, I know) … wine and cheese wedding shower - drink station wedding paper divas napkins and coastersIn terms of wine, we served one white, one Rosé and three red options. If I had to do it again, I might cut one of the reds in favor of another white wine. It was very hot out that day. And, since not everyone is a wine drinker (how is that possible?) we had a variety of beer handy!

The bar area was complete with personalized napkins and coasters –  you know, just in case you forgot just who we were celebrating. 😉 wine and cheese wedding shower - food wine and cheese shower - cookiesIn terms of food, we offered a traditional spread of cheese, crackers, cured meats, fruits and vegetables.

Also, did I mention Grace makes adorable sugar cookies (↑) too? Does it ever end … 😉

And last, because we’re nice friends, we only made them play ONE game (↓), which turned out to be lots of fun! A simple “newlywed(ish)” style game, where they each had to answer questions about each other.

I’m happy to report that they each knew their significant other very well! wine and cheese wedding shower - gameamanda and caseys shower 2Okay, I think I got it all. For the two people still reading (thanks Mom) you’ve made it to the end. One of these days I’ll have a prize waiting for you.

Congrats Amanda and Casey! I look forward to celebrating your wedding soon!


Wine time (wait, isn’t that every day?)…

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… as in that time of year when two of my good friends from college (now great friends with Jeff too!) come down from New York to trek out to a few Virginia wineries. You’ve probably noticed they’re a common theme around here. How could they not be … ↓ Deleplane Cellars 1… especially with those views. Though, I will testify that the wine isn’t too shabby either. 🙂

In the interest of keeping our annual (five years and counting) tradition alive, we headed out to the Delaplane, Virginia area – there are several wineries within a few miles of each other – to try out a few wineries. Except this year, we stuck to what we know – both wineries we’d been to before. And first on the docket, Delaplane Cellars (their tasting room is pictured above and it’s lovely). Deleplane Cellars 3
But, because we’re serious creatures of habit, we did as we always do and ended our day at Barrel Oak Winery with just a little cheese in tow. As the years have passed, we’ve really stepped our cheese game. Barrel Oak 1 Not only do we stop by Barrel Oak every year, but Jeff and I may or may not belong to their monthly wine club. Because folks, it’s all in the name of maturing our palates. Oh, and to top it all off, we offered their wine to our guests on our big day! So yeah, I’m guessing you get the point, or at the very least want me to stop talking now … … you’re in luck, because I’ll end this post by saying that weekends like these remind me just how lucky we are to meet and maintain such strong friendships in our life (that is if that photo of me above doesn’t scare them away for good) .

The miles and years may separate us, but it’s traditions like this that friendship train a movin’. Thankfully.


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Why not see my single days out in style (?)…

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with some of the most beautiful gals I know! Oh, and a glass of wine or two.

King Family Winery - Bachelorette PartyFirst off, yes I’m wearing a pink “Bride to Be” sash (when in Rome…) and yes, we did go to a Virginia winery (maybe two). I can’t help myself! But then again, this is a total judgement-free zone, right?

King Family VineyardsSecond and most importantly, I had the best weekend (much-needed after my less than ideal start to the week) surrounded by some of my favorite people. What more could a girl ask for?

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset^^Please note that this photo was taken when the car was stopped!^^

So, after many of my closest friends from high school and college (they ALL live out of town) flew in to D.C., we made our way to Charlottesville, Virginia. Home of some of the prettiest landscapes I’ve seen thus far in my five years out east. (It’s also the home of the University of Virginia, so don’t tell Jeff I said that. Go Hokies!)

Pippin Hill Winery↓It was there that we managed to work in a little spa day, complete with a relaxing massage, as you’ll see by my comatose look below.↓

Processed with VSCOcam with x1 presetAnd indulge in some fabulous food, with just a touch of sangria.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetBut most importantly, we sat out last Saturday to truly enjoy the wineries and cideries the area has to offer, and let me tell you, they didn’t disappoint.

↓Not to mention we got to travel in style.↓

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset↓We kicked off the day at King Family Vineyards, and what a horrible start to our day it was. 🙂 ↓

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset↓In fact, I think this picture was taken just a few tastings in…↓

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetand I’ll I wanted was just a good ol’ fashioned sorority scoops photo.

But alas, it was on to the next winery. No time to waste!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset^^And if I had to pick the most beautiful spot of the day, I must say that Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is pretty spectacular.^^

However, our last stop to a cidery was definitely a first!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetSuch a fun change of pace from the wineries, not that that I tire of those or anything. 🙂

Last, but certainly not least (after a quick nap of course), we all headed out for a fancy dinner and a night on the town.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetDon’t worry, I was pefectly behaved the entire time…

Thank you ladies for such an amazing weekend. Special shout-out to my friend Amanda who planned all of our fun events. You all sure know how to make a gal feel special!

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