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I have a really fun Rustic Wine & Cheese Party party recap to share with you today… this is a backyard party that Sonny & I recently hosted at home, featuring eco-friendly party decor and simple-but-tasty recipes!


To give you a little back story on how this party came about, we were asked to participate in Glad’s One Bag party challenge – which encourages hosts & hostesses to take a proactive role in reducing waste by limiting the amount of trash produced at their party to just ONE bag destined for the landfill, with everything else going to recycling or compost.

It was really fun dreaming up a few easy upcycled DIY decor projects for this party – and designing printable signs that could easily double as kitchen/dining decor after the party… they have a rustic chalkboard vibe and a bit of cheeky humor. You can download them for free below. ;)

Since we were given a lot of creative freedom as far as what kind of party to host, I chose a Rustic Wine & Cheese theme. The weather’s been beautiful so I thought an evening backyard party sounded like fun – and truth be told – as much as I love my 15 month and 3 year old, I really wanted a good excuse to invite some adult friends over for a little wine and grown up conversation! So that’s exactly we did… scroll down to see how it turned out!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

  • Upcycled wine bottles & tin cans – painted and embellished with twine & raffia
  • DIY Wine Cork Frames and Wine Cork Hurricane
  • Printable Trash, Compost, and Recycling station signs
  • DIY bunting banners made from scrap fabric & twine
  • Temporarily personalized plates (silhouette chalkboard stickers + chalk)

cranberry pecan cheese balls

fabric bunting banner

wine and cheese party ideas

diy painted wine bottles

custom chalkboard plates

bruschetta toasts

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cranberry pecan cheese balls

cheese knives

wine corks in hurricane vases

prosciutto melon appetizers

apricot appetizer

free printable wine quote

wine station


wine rack

wine tasting party glasses

chalkboard wine sign free printables from hwtm

wine party ideas from hwtm

diy painted tin cans

printable recycling sign



This was a fun & casual Wine & Cheese party we held in our backyard… I wanted it to have a bit of a rustic vibe, so we used elements like chalkboard paint, wood, raffia, twine, and chalkboard-themed printables to create this feel.

Painted tin cans and wine bottles created a nice pop of color… blue might seem like a strange color choice for a wine party, but that’s the color of our backyard, and it makes decorating much easier when your color palette matches your space. It actually makes it more eco-friendly too – because utilizing the colors in the space you already have means you need less decor to pull everything together – and you can reuse the decor you actually do create!

To help keep things eco-friendly, I followed several of the tips found in Glad’s One Bag Party Toolkit, which you can download right here. We used real dishes, napkins, glasses, etc, created upcycled and reusable party decor, set up stations for trash/recycling/compost, etc. With a little planning, it was actually very easy to keep the true waste to “one bag”!


Cranberry Pecan Cheese Balls
– Apricot Almond Cheese Bites
– Prosciutto Wrapped Melon
– {Create Your Own} Bruschetta – (we set out various toppings guests could add)
– Gourmet Cheeses: Garlic & Herb Boursin, Aged Cheddar, Auricchio Reggiano, Smoked Gouda, Castello Rosenborg Danish Blue


– Red Sangria
– Water with Lemon – served in a cool Wine Barrel Dispenser that I forgot to photograph… it’s part of the giveaway though!
– Lots of WINE, of course! ;)


– Painted wine bottles embellished with twine & raffia
– Painted & embellished upcycled tin cans with backyard clippings & mini chalk board signs
– Wine cork frames (one all-cork & one a combo of chalkboard paint & corks)
– DIY bunting banner made from scrap fabric and twine
– Wine cork “hurricane” made from 2 nested glass cylinders + recycled wine corks
– “temporarily” personalized plates made from white plates + chalkboard stickers & chalk
– Printable cheese makers


Glad’s Crowdsourced One Bag Party

Fans can visit Facebook.com/Glad to enter for a chance to win $10,000 toward their own personal One Bag party designed by celebrity event planner Heidi Mayne for every vote they cast toward the One Bag crowdsourced party, now through March 31, 2013.

Throughout March, Glad’s Facebook fans can vote on everything from the event’s location and cuisine to décor and party favors. Each week a new aspect of the event will be featured on the Glad Facebook page for America’s votes, with all winning selections being showcased at Tiffani Thiessen’s party this coming Earth Month.



The Printables include all the items shown above! With a rustic chalkboard looks and witty humor, these printables will be sure to add a touch of humor to your sophisticated party ;)

Download the Party Signs
Download the Food Labels



– Party Printables: Hostess with the Mostess
– Party Design, Styling & Photography: Hostess with the Mostess
– Partner: Glad®

By | 2018-09-07T09:28:10+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Celebrations, Styled by Jenn|485 Comments

About the Author:

JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource. HWTM brings creative entertaining ideas to light through an inspirational “how-to” website and popular daily blog. Having hosted countless celebrations herself, ranging from special occasion showers and everyday get-togethers to large events, Sbranti now shares her contemporary style and no-fuss approach to entertaining with others. Her ideas have been featured in media outlets such as People, InStyle Weddings, Life&Style, Real Simple, and Extra! TV, and she is a featured contributor for several well-respected online communities, including iVillage.com and BHG.com. Sbranti resides in San Diego with her husband {and business partner} Sonny and their sweet 1-year old daughter, Macy.


  1. Holli Hagan-Rice March 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I love the use of chalk and chalkboard material for this party. Black and White are a great combo.

  2. Caryl Adams March 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this party. My mom and sister are currently planning a couples shower for me and my partner. They are hosting it at a winery and the design plan features cork and chalkboard accents. My favorite element from this party is the cork frames with the chalkboard–it is a PERFECT addition!

    • alyssa March 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks so much Caryl! So glad we could provide inspiration for shower :) Take pictures, we’d love to see how everything comes together!

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  4. amywolsey March 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    what an amazing party! i love the mini chalkboard signs and temporarily-personalized plates!

  5. Maneesha Pradhan March 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    There is so much about this post that I like. The signs are amazing. It’s a great way to make things easy for your guest. Also a wine theme is always a perfect party.

    • alyssa March 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Maneesha :)

  6. Krissy P March 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    What a wonderful idea! The ability to personalize is always a nice touch. I’d have to say my favorite item was the slate serving tray. Classy AND earthy!

  7. Kelly McCollum March 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I Love it all!!!!! I can’t wait to try the Sangria.

  8. Stephenie Walbeck March 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    What is there NOT to like about EVERYTHING in this party!?! <3 <3 it all! What really caught my attention was the darling cork board sign that "You had me at Merlot" Perfect.

  9. Lindsey K March 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Loving the wine cork picture frames for signage. Great idea. Also never get tired of pennant flag banners. Great job!

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  11. Amy Halpern March 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    what can i say everything about this party was classic style and fun. I loved the trash signs and the names on the plates using the stickers…and i loved the cork frames…

  12. Emily Thiel March 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I love the chalkboard signs – both as a place-setting as as signage for food and decor. Such a beautiful way to highlight the theme and to reuse later!

  13. Val LaGesse March 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I really love the simple yet “fancy” appetizers and the vase with wine corks displayed is so creative! The chalkboard tags and fun sayings in the frames just pull it all together and take it above and beyond what people would expect! And who doesn’t love a party with Sangria!!! Love it all!!!

  14. Patricia Tippett March 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I love the whole party…especially the personalized plates with the chalkboard stickers!

  15. Nicole S. March 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I love the upcycle element behind this party! Fun and chic!

  16. Morgan March 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    All the little details for this party are fantastic – I LOVE the signs! For a wine party, some of my favorite tips to be eco-friendly are to use empty wine bottles as vases. Either with the wine label or with a special label for the party. After the party, you can take some special bottles and find vendors who will cut the bottles and turn them into candle holders or etch them for you!

  17. Kristina M. March 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I love all the printables and the way much of the decor can be reused. Plus , wine and cheese is always a great party plan!

  18. Susan Mitchell March 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    There are so many elements to love! I love the witty humor throughout, from “You had me at Merlot” to “Wine o’clock.” So fun! I also really love the color palette – the blue is so fresh. THank you for sharing your awesome idea so the rest of us can copy!

  19. sarah cruikshank March 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I love everything about this party bit what I love most is the temporary personalized plates

  20. Jessica Iafigliola March 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I just love this wine and cheese party!! The DIY Wine Cork Frames and Wine Cork Hurricane are awesome!!! Thx for sharing the printables!!

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