Let Me Start Off By Saying.....
Book clubs are fun and all ~ but I prefer to read wine labels! If you’re with me on this, carry on for my tips for a successful vino club!
Another Glass Anyone?
So why is endless rosé and a group of fabulous ladies a delicious mix? Because you never know where the night will take you! I mean this quite literally – because last weekend when I hosted wine club we noticed some strobe lights in my neighbourhood and ended up crashing a karaoke party! Now THAT is something I wish we had documented with pictures, I would share more but what happens at ladies night, stays at ladies night.
Dancing on my Tastebuds...
Other than the fact that wine tastes great, makes you feel wonderful, AND helps bring all the juicy gossip to the table… it also has a way of de-stressing your soul! I mean - have you ever come home after a long, hard day and you have been thinking about that crisp white wine (I’m a white girl personally!) touching your lips…anticipation building… the whole way home?! I love you wine! Now I get to bring my girlfriends into this monthly mix and we have a recipe for a party!
Let’s get this night started!
So some initial tips to consider when starting a wine club are:
Pick 8-10 women maximum – you need to keep it at a manageable number so you get the most out of it!
Pick friends that live close – distance can end up being a deterrent and the club can fall apart. I also mainly say this point because after a wonderful evening your guests need to get home safely which is likely by cab. Unless you plan to turn it into a full blown slumber party - then distance really doesn't matter.
Everyone pitches in – each club night everyone brings a bottle of wine along with an appetizer. Ideally, club members should ensure they bring an app that pairs nicely with the wine they bring. The general rule of thumb is red wine pairs nicely with red meat and strong cheese, while white wine is kick - ass with seafood and white meat. Click on the pairing charts for reference! Cheese Pairings - Vegetable Pairings - Cupcake Pairings - Chocolate Pairings
Is It Your Turn To Host?
Once you establish a core group of people who are more than willing to wine and dine monthly – you get to come up with THEME ideas! This is where you can be as creative – or simple – as you like!
Everyone in the group brings a bottle of wine, preferably something they wouldn't recognize the taste of (we wouldn't want one of them getting a leg-up by already knowing the flavour.) Have your partner disguise the bottles with your already, hand-made paper bags before kicking them out for the evening! (Sorry, no wine-crashers allowed!)
Favourite Country (Region)
Let the creativity flow - depending on the amount of time you have to prepare you could help these ladies unwind by teleporting them to a new place! Not only do you match the wine and food but also the decor and outfits. Who wouldn't like a romantic, fashionable evening in Paris or a wild and spicy evening in Africa?
Share the Memories
WARNING - this night might end in hugs, tears and a lot of "I love you so much!"
You must all bring a bottle that is dear to your heart. Think deeply about it, was it the bottle of wine you were drinking on your first date with your partner, or maybe it's the Prosecco you and your girls got WAY too tipsy on at your graduation - whatever the story - be prepared to share the juicy details!
Hostess with the Mostess
Next, you find ways to make your wine club unique, for example, in the past our group decided to do quirky wine glass gifts. The members found a glass that represented the personalities or reminded them of each of the ladies and once she hosted – she received it as her “hostess gift!”
Being a natural-born party planner (excuse me while I blow my own horn here,) I love SWAG so this time around I presented the girls with a little 'thanks for coming' gift - our very own “Surviving Motherhood One Sip At A Time” glass, (in pic above.) I am sure all you mama's out there could agree with this one!
As for my friend Lisa, she is such a hard worker and always on the go so we presented her with this awesome 'Thank God it's Friday' glass, and she absolutely LOVED it!