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Tips For Hosting a Wine-Tasting Party

How to Host the Best Wine Party Ever

If the holiday season is inspiring you to throw a party with a bigger purpose, you might want to consider Hope at Home. The philosophy is simple: invite a group of family and friends for a fun night of wine tasting, have Hope at Home specialists bring and pour the wine, and 15 percent of half- and full-case sales from your party will be donated to the cause of your choice! Wedding and lifestyle publicist Leila Lewis decided to do just that. With serious hostess skills and an eye for stylish details, she was able to provide over 700 meals for kids in need by donating her 15 percent to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign! Pretty impressive, right? See the thoughtfully chic touches from her Hope at Home party that are inspiring us to throw our own event!

A Wine Runner

Let your runner serve double duty by using it to identify wines. If you want to avoid writing on a fabric runner, use kraft paper instead!

Extraordinary Florals

To fit with the theme of fighting child hunger, beautiful edible elements like herbs and vegetables were used in the arrangements.

Coaster Favors

What better way to say thank you than to hand out something that's stylish and useful? A stamped "thank you" pouch adds a sweet touch.

Streamlined Dinnerware

We love the idea of focusing on a single color palette, keeping an eye out for interesting details and textures. Not only does it help coordinate a table setting, but it also creates a stunning visual for open shelves.

Corks That Double as Decor

Commemorate your wine event by collecting the corks in an interesting vessel, like this vintage wire basket. After the party is over, it will serve as a cool and affordable focal point for your home.

Keep reading for seven more stylish ideas we can't wait to copy!

Stylish Invites

For a cohesive feel, Copper Willow created faux chalkboard invites and an accompanying wine menu. How cute are the eraser mark details on the black background?

A Chalkboard Tally

Celebrate the money you're raising by keeping a tally of how many half cases and full cases sell!

Cheese Accessories

Help guests easily identify cheeses by sticking signs, like these adorable bubble speech options, in each piece of cheese.

Organic Place Cards

Instead of buying a bunch of place card holders that you'll have to worry about storing, consider using natural elements. Check out these DIY place cards that bring the outdoors to the table.

Creative Wine Tags

If charms aren't your style, consider an alternative like these paper heart stickers.

Furniture Used as a Bar

You don't have to rely on the classic version, look around to see which flat-topped pieces of furniture are tall enough to serve as an extra bar.

Green Bouquets

If you don't want to spend too much on a floral budget, stick bunches of leaves, herbs, or branches into vases and place them at different gathering points.

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