Set the tone for your wine tasting party by decorating with natural and elegant touches. You can create a welcoming environment by using soft lighting and enhancing the best elements of your location.
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Use the environment as part of your decorating scheme. For example, if your event is being held in a country winery, go for a rustic look. If it is being held outdoors, go for a garden party theme.
Mirror the fruit, flowers and greenery that are in season during the time of the wine tasting party. For example, during the winter months, line the tables with white branches and fill the vases with holly. During the fall, fill bowls with pumpkins and gourds, and make use of cornhusks and leaves.
Arrange a few bowls of fruit to use as centerpieces. Place the large pieces in the bowl first, including grapefruits, pomegranates, oranges and apples. Then, add the smaller fruits into the container, such as tangerines, persimmons and purple, red and green grapes.
Use natural items to decorate, including grapevine roping and wreaths. Before using this type of roping, you need to soak it in warm water to make it pliable for bending. You can get grapevine roping, wreaths and artificial grapes at a website like SaveOnCrafts.com (see Resources below).
Drape linen tablecloths over your guest and tasting tables. Choose a neutral color that won’t compete with the theme of the room, which should be elegant. You can add small splashes of color with napkins, napkin-ring holders and lace or embroidered table runners.
Decorate with wine and champagne corks by filling wine glasses, vases and bowls with them.
Use table lamps indoors to keep the light level low, but not so dim that guests cannot see the color of the wine.
Provide a wine tasting instructional sheet, so that guests can learn how to evaluate wine based on its aroma, color and harvesting. You can download the instructional sheet at the WineSpectatorSchool.com (see Resources below).
References and ResourcesWineSpectatorSchool.com for wine tasting directions for guests
SaveOnCrafts.com for decorating supplies