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I recently took a little break from the home project list to work on some crafty things for my dear friend Meg’s bridal shower.
My fellow bridesmaids and I wanted to make a first year of marriage milestone wine basket that would include 12 bottles of wine for our her first year of marriage.
After scouring the Internet, I couldn't find what I needed - so I created my own. I'm including the printables for you too!
First, I choose 12 occasions that Meg and Steve would celebrate during their first year of marriage.
I wanted to pick milestones that they would definitely enjoy their initial 12 months of being married, such as first Christmas, first Valentine’s Day, first snowfall.
I didn’t want to use occasions such as first baby and first home – because those milestones might not be in the couple’s immediate plans.
The occasions I went with were wedding night, first New Year’s, first Valentine’s Day, first snowfall, first spring bloom, first beach trip, first big purchase, first dinner party, first fight, first Christmas, first Thanksgiving, and first anniversary.
Next, I needed tags to go with each milestone.
I used cute poems that fit the occasion andI fitted them all to one sheet of paper with the titles running vertically.
This made it easy to print just one sheet of paper for all of the tags. As you might already know, I am completely obsessed with cool fonts, so I downloaded a few lovely choices for the wine tags.
Download the Wine Basket Tags
There are two files to choose from. The first is a PDF, and it is not personalized, meaning none of these poems include the bride or groom's name.
The second is a Word File, and a couple of the tags include the bride and groom's names. Since it is a Word file, if you want to view it as I have it, you’ll want to download and use the above fonts. Without these fonts, the formatting and spacing looks like a mess, not to mention the plain jane fonts. Don’t forget to change out the names too, or people will wonder who Meg and Steve are :)
Making the Tags
I then printed the wine tag sheet out on thick manilla paper and used squiggly scissors to cut out each blurb. I love squiggly scissors because they hide my lack of ability to cut in a straight line.
I then took out my scrapbook paper collection and cut out tags. I coordinated the scrapbook paper colors and designs with the occasion. Then, I glued the poems to the tags, punched a hole in each, and voila! The tags were done. Don’t they look cute?!
Ash and I then took a trip to Joe Canal’s, a discount liquor store, for the bottles of wine.
This was actually a ton of fun.
We ended up matching the occasions to the names of the wines. This wasn't the initial plan, but Joe Canal's had such a great selection that it was easy and fun to pair each milestone with wine.
We found a Christmas Chardonnay to go with the first Christmas tag, Jersey Blush to go with first beach trip, a wine called 30 degrees to go with first snowfall, and the list goes on
The Finishing Touches
To attach the tags to the wine, I simply cut a piece of ribbon and tied it in a bow around the neck of the bottle.
I bought a basket from Michael’s and covered the bottom of the basket in tissue paper. I added the title “Quenching Your Thirst Through a Year of Firsts” and a sign that said “Carry from the bottom.”
Twelve bottles of wine get heavy!
The first year of marital bliss wine basket turned out great! My mom, who isn’t normally a fusser, fussed over it every time she came over, the bride’s sister loved all of the personal touches, and shower guests loved the idea.
A few cute, old women at the shower asked me if they could find the idea on the Internet.
And, recently, a friend of mine was looking for a special gift for her nephew’s engagement party, asking me if I had any ideas for the couple that had everything.
She LOVED this idea and put together her own, adding a beer of the month club gift too to keep with the theme. It’s definitely a creative, fun, and unique project, with plenty of opportunities to add a personal touch.
And of course, Meg and Steve loved it too.
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