Sunday, May 1, 2011

Girlfriends and a Wine Tasting Party

Establishing a solid circle of girlfriends can get us through all of the emotional turmoil that just comes from living very busy lives. Through thick and thin, skinny and fluffy, perfect children and not, deaths, marriages and divorces, the benefits of girlfriends strenghthens the joy in your heart. It is essential for happiness to make the effort to develop and maintain a group of girlfriends. You will find the effort worthy of your time as the added enjoyment to your life will multiply throughout the years.
Preparation for a wine tasting party:
Me: Hon, I’m having a wine tasting party for all my girlfriends on Friday night, so find a friend to go out and play with.
Hubby: Why can’t guys come?
Me: Because it’s just a time for the girls – to laugh, drink and have girl talk….
Hubby: Well that’s stupid.
Me: You are such a guy.
Hubby: Obviously, that’s why I am not invited.

So, to celebrate friendship, I had a Wine Tasting Party. Travelling Vineyards came into my home and we tasted 5 different wines:
I served a variety of cheeses, crackers, chocolates and breads.
And after the presentation we got into my stash of wines and continued to taste some more!

It was fun to mix old girlfriends with new girlfriends from work, the neighborhood and family.
Everyone mingled and had a great time!
And we even learned a little bit about wines, where they grow best and how to enjoy them more.
Some even caught a rerun of the Royal Wedding later that night!

The fun part for me was the preparation. I love to have "themed parties". I made name tags, so that each friend would know "who was who".
and I made party favor bags for each guest:
In the bags I had wine charms, cork pullers and coasters:
And the cheeses and dips were all labeled with tags attached to champagne and wine corks:
I served three different types of breads for dipping in Queso Dip and Cheese and Beer Dip:
The moral of this story is simply this: Girlfriends are necessary. Girlfriends are a must-have. Girlfriends are wise and dependable and fun. Girlfriends should always be remembered and never taken for granted. Girlfriends keep you sane and keep you grounded.

So, plan a "GIRL'S NIGHT OUT". No one can ever replace the healing abilities of a glass of wine with a girlfriend! Obviously, it's very good for our health!

Last week I was lucky enough to have an old friend come into town:
Rosemary - Girlfriends since 6th grade, 1964:
And in two weeks I will see another old friend when I go to Cape Cod.
Denise - Girlfriends since college, 1973:

So, let me toast to all of my girlfriends ~ we certainly know how to have fun, don't we?

Sharing this story with
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Creative Blogger's Party @ Homemaker On A Dime
Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. I LOVE it!!! There is absolutely nothing better than being with girlfriends, tasting wine and fun food! I really want to have something like this at my house for girlfriends and you've completely inspired me to start planning it! Thank you!

    I'm now following your blog, too!

  2. How much fun! I may have to do this sometime. MY FIl makes home made wine that is to die for. Great idea!

  3. It looks like a great party! And definitely no husbands at Girls' Night Out parties! :)

    I love how you used the corks to hold the tags.

    Have a great week.

  4. Wow- looks like a blast! You know you are in for a good night when you mix old and new friends!!! I love your food labels with the clip and wine cork- clever!
    Visiting from Dittle Dattle - stop bye and say hi!

  5. What a great party idea! Your party favor bags are sweet and I really like how you used the corks with clips to identify the food items. Another great idea!

  6. Hello! I'm over from the Homemaker on a Dime blog party. WOW, you girls really had some fun! I think this party looks fantastic, and I also think you are very generous to also dip into your own wine stash to continue the wine tasting! I hope that your friends appreciate it, and it looks like they do. ;) I would love to do something like this, I will have to save your post to follow your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  7. What fun!! Looks like a good time was had by all. Girl friends are the best!

  8. How fun!!

    I had 2 girls nights this weekend.
    The guys were on one side of the fire
    and me and my girls gathered round the
    other side!

  9. oh my gosh, HOW fun! i didn't know you could have a party like this and they'd come to your home to talk about wine. i'm going to have to look into this. thanks for sharing!

  10. This party looks like so much fun, I always do a get-together in June so perhaps I will copy your wine theme! First visit here,love your blog. Have fun at the Cape, great time to visit before all the "tourists" get Live nearby and have to say my heart stays on the Cape all year 'round. Hope you will be shopping/eating Main Strret in Chatham it is my favorite kind of day!

  11. Your party looked like a blast. Good times with friends usually are. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice compliment.

  12. Great party, you look like having lots of fun!!!
    hugs from Chile

  13. Girlfriends are a must have! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Bloggers Party & Hop! Looks like a great party!

  14. Looks like you all had fun! Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  15. O, I agree one hundred percent...I couldn't do without my girlfriends.
    Looks like ya'll had a, I am in the mood for a Girlfriend Party.:))
    xo bj