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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 & simple-but-tasty recipes!

THE “ONE BAG” CHALLENGE

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 reducing waste by limiting the amount of trash produced at a party to just one bag destined for the landfill. (And then everything else should go in recycling or compost.)

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.

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
  • DIY bunting banners made from scrap fabric & twine
  • Temporarily personalized plates (silhouette chalkboard stickers + chalk)

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prosciutto melon appetizers

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PARTY DETAILS:

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 also means you can reuse the decor over and over! 🙌

FOOD:

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

DRINKS:

– 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! ;)

DIY PROJECTS:

– 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

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