When Melissa and I were joking around one night (probably over a bottle of wine) discussing her Bridal Shower, she came up with idea of a wine tasting theme. I thought, I can work with that – I love wine!
Over the next several months I brainstormed and searched Pinterest for DIY crafts and ideas for the Bridal Shower. I had planned most of my decorations by early May but was still not sure how to do the wine tasting table and serve lunch. All my ideas came together once I found Chalkboard cloth on Amazon (approximately $10 a yard). We bought 2 yards and used it as a tablecloth for the wine tasting table – writing labels for appetizers and drawing arrows to pair wines with food.
For the wine tasting we bought wines from the bride and groom’s home state, the state they met/where they live, and champagne from Gloria Ferrer Winery, where they got engaged. For Maryland, Melissa’s home state, we bought Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay from Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard. To represent Wil from North Carolina, his family brought wines from Biltmore Winery. To represent their new life together in Virginia and the place they met, Virginia Tech, I chose the Norton and BOW Haus Red from Barrel Oak Winery (Melissa’s favorite VA winery).
Michele, another one of Melissa’s bridesmaids, came up with the shower games: Bridal Bingo, Bridal Word Scramble, the clothespins game (don’t say wedding!), and toilet paper wedding gowns.