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We have a pretty fabulous neighborhood. One awesome guy takes charge of an email list that allows all of us to keep in touch, invite each other to events etc… This is unlike anything we’ve ever heard of or experienced and it makes our house feel even more like a home. But the ladies haven’t been as active as the very active guys group since we moved in for a number of reasons, but mostly due to lots of new babies in the neighborhood. To change that, I decided to co-host a simple party and invite all of the ladies. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw a little too much of this wine party. Let’s just say there was no shortage of wine or fun!

I used spritz decor from Target for the dessert table garland and toppers. This made hosting the party SO easy.

I actually had a lot of fun at this party. I didn’t feel like I had to host like I often do because it was set up pretty simple and my co-host was fabulous. It was small enough to mingle with everyone (around 22 guests), but large enough where the house felt full and lively. Love that!

I am starting to feel really strongly about focusing my parties and blog posts about parties on very budget-friendly very easy do-it-yourself ideas. I think they mostly are budget friendly and easy, but I want it to be so simple that literally anyone can do it at the last minute. That’s my mission! To inspire everyone, not just people who have all the time in the world and all the money in the world to hire others to make everything. There is no shortage of inspiration on places like Pinterest, but I hear people complain all the time about how difficult some of the ideas are and how too many ideas makes them feel inadequate. Keep it simple, my friends!

In this case, BIY (buy-it-yourself) worked well for me and at $3.99 for a pack of the toppers, I think it’s very budget-friendly too. Sometimes buying is the best option.

See the white cake stand? That’s the one I bought for Bodhi’s first birthday party I spray-painted it the day before the party and set the cake on a cake board (Note: Please don’t put food directly on spray-painted surfaces). Anyway, I love that I can use this cake stand over and over again. We plan to use it for his 2nd birthday party in April as well.

And even though the letters didn’t match the party decor, I repurposed our Christmas CHEERS gold glitter letters for this party. With a wine party, I thought it was very fitting.

Such a fun night! I highly recommend you take a chance at inviting neighbors to your home even if it’s not as tight-knit as our little community. It was such a great experience and so much fun to chat with the other women without kids and partners. There is something special about having a few minutes to just talk with the people you see daily or weekly, but never get to know.

My recipe for an easy wine-tasting party

  • Invite everyone and ask each guest to bring a bottle of wine (white, red or sparkling)
  • Plan a simple menu. Ours was so basic-a cheese platter with Gouda, Blue Cheese and Brie, honey, fig butter and candied pecans plus a variety of breads and crackers and a few dips (bruschetta, artichoke dip etc…—all purchased at Trader Joe’s). And then the simple dessert table.
  • Set out food and make labels for the wine areas.
  • Set out glasses and buy or make some form of wine glass tags-we just used different colored ribbon to help eliminate too many lost glasses. I used ribbon I had around.
  • Turn on music and light a few candles.
  • Welcome guests, show them where the glasses are and ENJOY!
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Never underestimate the beauty of a warm welcome. I personally really appreciate it when people take a moment to answer the door and welcome our family into their homes and I think others like it too.

That’s it. This was one of the easiest events I’ve planned and hosted yet, thanks to just using store-bought stuff and pretty much no DIY. Cheers to a new week!