So I had my very first wine tasting party and it went GREAT! It was a launch party for a new consultant on our team, and she had a $1000 party! We had about 8-10 guests, can’t remember the exact number.
There were a couple things I learned right away that I wanted to share. If you haven’t seen my first post and video about this, start here: https://buymybagsblog.wordpress.com/tag/wine-tasting-party/
First, I like to have a 10-15 minute presentation. And it took a lot more time with the wine tasting. I had some wine fun facts that I wanted to share with each wine tasting, and totally forgot about it, but time wise, I’m glad I did!
So, I really wanted to incorporate these fun facts into my presentation. Here is my solution. I made 2×4 labels to put on the front of all of my guest packets. So, each person will grab a packet, and each packet has a different fun fact. With each wine tasting, I’ll have a different person say their fun fact on their folder. And the great thing is…when I’m doing a regular party and someone sees that sticker and asks, “Why do you have wine fun facts on your folders?”…I get to say…LET ME TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THAT! 🙂
~takes the pressure off of me
~gets them more involved
~they can’t LOSE it, it’s on their packet!
~I only have to print it once, since it will be a sticker on the packets
~And I’ll never forget or lose that slip of paper with all the facts.
So this is my FIX for that 🙂
I also think my next party will start off with 3 wine tastings. Just get it started! It’s a wine tasting party, start it off right! Then my party is broken up like this:
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We had one set of the tasting cups, write the guests names on it with sharpie markers and washed them out.
This took tooooooooooo long!
Next time, we will line the bottles up in order of tasting, light to dark. We will set cups in front of each bottle and re-pour them! It took too long, and this will make things run much smoother. You’ll go through a few more cups, but they’re not expensive and come in packs of like 200. So if you had 10 guests, 10 bottles of wine, that’s 100 cups. Not bad at all.
Dump Bucket! So, most people have a very specific taste they like. And if I don’t like it, I ain’t drinkin’ it! So instead of getting up to pour it out…have a dump bucket! I need to find a clever name for this. I have a little bucket I got at the Dollar Tree that’s pink and will work great for this. If you can think of a clever name for dump bucket, let me know. LOL!
I have to find a fun way to score the wines. I would like to do a give a way for the wine everyone loved the most, but I need help with how to do that too. So this one…I’m asking for YOUR tip! Maybe we could say…write your favorite new wine from tonight on a piece of paper. And then turn it in and I’ll tally?
Hostess gift. I bought a set of 12 wine glasses at Walmart for $9.99. And I’ll be giving that to my hostesses!
I bought a bunch of whistles attached to lanyards at the Dollar Tree. I’m going to play this off as…who’s my rule follower here? Who’s the one who keeps everyone in line when you go out? Then I’m giving them the whistle and telling them they have free reign to keep everyone in line all night. Just something fun!
So anyways…just a few updates to my Thirty-One wine tasting party. It was a blast, I have 2 more this weekend and I’ve never been so excited to do some new things with my parties!!
Hope this helps,
Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts
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