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Oct 18, 2014

Sophisticated Wine Bachelorette Party

We’re loving this bachelorette party on our wedding blog today! The bride-to-be and her maids strayed away from the typical trip to Las Vegas and opted for a sophisticated wine night decorated with peonies and eucalyptus leaves .. okay and a little glitter and liquor as well. From the DIY tissue paper banners to the giant XO balloons, this classy affair incorporated gorgeous decor on top of all the fun. The party-goers left no doubt having had a great time and with a bottle of wine of course! The doting sister-in-law behind the affair gave us all the insight into her inspiration for the night!
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My sister-in-law had the most fun bachelorette party. We started at a local winery for wine-tasting, followed by snacks, games and gifts at my home and then we headed out to dinner at the Silver Dollar followed by a live band out on the town. It was truly an all day event. While planning for the portion of her party at my home I decided to play off deep wine colors with an accented blush color that Megan, the bride to be, would be using in her wedding. My biggest goal was to create a soft, sophisticated, womanly event while maintaining a fun, young atmosphere. The bride and the rest of her guests are all early 20’s so I couldn’t make it too refined. Our 1929 home was the perfect setting for the party. 
I came up with a few games for the party, including a list of questions for the bride that the groom previously answered and she had to guess his answers. Since I am a graphic designer as well as a photographer I created an invitation suite with a formal invitation, an itinerary of each event, location, and time throughout the day and a smaller card with Megan’s sizes for gifts all put together inside a hand lettered gold envelope.
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I used thrifted gold and bronze pieces to house the flowers and thrifted gold candle holders for the table. I incorporated wholesale eucalyptus and burgundy peonies as the focal points with smaller white and pink accent florals I collected. The eucalyptus table runner tied the whole table together uniting the florals and dessert layout. I found sweet white rock candy, dipped pretzels sticks into chocolate, and baked white vanilla cupcakes with topped with strawberry pop rocks for some naughty pizzaz. The drinks for the afternoon were homemade pineapple mojitos (my favorite) and sangria, and of course, plenty of wine. Below are my recipes for each.
 
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Pineapple Mojito Recipe
Ingredients:
4 bunches fresh mint leaves
8 limes, each cut into 8 wedges
2 cups sugar
6 cups pineapple juice
4 cup light rum
4 cup club soda
Directions: Remove mint leaf stems and tear mint leaves into small pieces. Crush together mint leaves, lime wedges (squeeze to get the juice out), and sugar. Stir in pineapple juice, rum, and club soda. Serve over ice. (Add more or less rum to taste)
Sangria Recipe
Ingredients:
1 box chilled red wine (I used Trader Joe’s Block Red)
6 shots of Triple Sec
1 2L bottle of chilled Ginger Ale
1/2 cup chilled orange juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
5 Limes
5 Lemons
5 Oranges
3 quarts of strawberries
It’s best to make this the night before you’re party so it can infuse the flavors and add the Ginger Ale right before serving. Combine wine, Triple Sec, orange juice, and pineapple juice. Juice three of each fruit (limes, lemons, and oranges) and slice the rest into discs. Add to the mixture. Cut strawberries into small squares or discs and add to the mixture. Let sit overnight. Add chilled Ginger ale right before serving. Serve over ice and add a fruit slice for an added bonus. This doesn’t have to be made overnight, it will still be good if you make it right before your party.
Vendors:
Design and Invitations: Lauren Smith
Photography and Styling: Lauren W Photography

 

  • Audrey

    Obsessed with those balloons! What a cute idea!

  • Beth

    This is such a great take on a bachelorette party! Absolutely gorgeous.

  • Dana

    The color scheme in this is just gorgeous!

  • The Perfect Palette

    I spy the gold bar cart from Target. Have it and love it. BTW, this is lovely!

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