Monday, May 14, 2012

Wine Club Evening

It's our month to host our wine club!!!  

Everyone brings an appetizer to share, which all went on the dining room table.  In the center of the table was an idea I've had for a long time.  I've stacked wooden wine crates, and placed them on a burlap runner.  I wanted to keep this earthy and rustic.

I included a couple of wine related books, corks, grapes, birch covered votives, and burlap wired ribbons.

Here it is from the other side.  I took these photos before I pulled the chairs away.

The floral wholesaler was pretty short on sunflowers and earthy colors.  Every other person there was shopping for soft, pastel colors for their Mothers' Day clients, and that's what they were stocked up on for the weekend.

To hold the flowers, I used an old wooden pedestal bowl with this interesting monogrammed badge.

 
I love this burlap ribbon I found.  It was a good way to introduce another texture and I scattered some of the blossoms here and there. 

I set the coffee and dessert up on the drop leaf table in the bar.  Centered there is an arrangement of oak leaf hydrangeas and regular mop head blue hydrangeas with a little pampas grass.

I used this two layer server for the mini desserts that I made and served in 4-oz.square plastic cups from Party City.  That little silver trophy cup holds demi-tasse spoons that are the perfect size for these little cups.

  I made four flavors of desserts: banana pudding, tiramasu, chocolate/peanutbutter, and key lime pie.  All of the recipes came from the internet, but when I make these again, I'll just use my regular recipes for these desserts.  The whole key to making these is to use disposable piping bags for each part that goes into each little cup. 

My other contribution to the evening was this marinated shrimp dish.

I worry about fish sitting out all evening, so I used a large, shallow bowl and filled it with crushed ice.

Then I lined the edge of it with hydrangea leaves......

and placed the shrimp dish on top.  Keeping it cold makes the food taste better, too.

These little booklets that I made for everyone held a sheet for each of the six wines with reviews, price, descriptions, and information on the vintners.  

Pottery Barn is selling these sets of 26 wine charms that look like typewriter keys.  I usually think that wine charms are sort of cheesey and I hate the way they clink on the stem.  I buckled and bought these for the convenience of the group and I think they're pretty cute.

As usual, few people took the time to fill these out.  Really.....I don't blame them......all you need to know is if you like it. 

These manila tags were tied around the neck of each bottle.

Each wine was well received, which pleased me.

What a nice night.  We sat outside on all three levels and laughed among the bull frogs until the rain drops chased us inside.  

I'm joining:

Let's Dish

Tablescape Thursday

Marty's Tabletop Tuesday

23 comments:

  1. Love your centerpiece. Our wine club used to follow rules, etc. but now we work around menus. This month is a paella event. I'm guessing there will be some sangria in the mix. I love wine club!

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  2. Everything looks so petty...it sounds like everyone had a nice time. So...which wine won?

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  3. What great ideas. I loved the idea for keeping the shrimp cold. The oak leaf hydrangea and regular mop head hydrangea look spectacular. What a fun idea for a "club". We have a birthday group and I'm in an investment group but a wine group could be fun and informative. Thanks for this,
    Karen

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  4. This sounds like a fun time. You're so smart to serve your fish like this. Love the wine boxes and the gorgeous centerpiece!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  5. Very pretty and I am drooling your mini-desserts.

    The 2 tier cakestand and the burlap ribblon are the highlight.

    Happy mid-week.

    Greetings from a chilly Stockholm,
    /CC

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  6. What a fun party and it looks like you have thought of everything to make it a wonderful event! Your table centerpiece is just perfect and I love your tiered stand!!

    Thank You for sharing and have a wonderful evening!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  7. What a fun party! I love how you have everything decked out. The hydrangea leaves under the shrimp look so pretty and add such color.

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  8. Perfect setting for this event. How fun! I usually place ice under my shrimp but now I can take it up a notch with leaves! Thanks!

    Robin
    Robin Flies South

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  9. I love how you served the marinated shrimp dish on a bed of lemons! You did a great job with this wine event! Visiting from Let's Dish.

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  10. Linda~ What a wonderful evening for your wine club! I love the elevation you created with your centerpiece on your crates! The votives, corks and floral detail on your burlap ribbon all add to make it special. Your desserts and the way your served your shrimp~ perfect & genius!

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  11. This is so fun! I love all the details you put into this table. So, when do we all show up for the tasting? LOL

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  12. Looks like a great party. So many neat ideas. Love the centerpiece and all of the textures. Your marinated shrimp looks fantastic. Every detail is amazing.

    - The Tablescaper

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  13. Now that's my kind of party! What fun, yummy food and beautiful surroundings!!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  14. so going to use your idea for a centerpiece..that is fabulous. Your desserts look wonderful too. What a great idea. I think just keeping the cups on hand would solve many a dessert dilemma. Great party! Xo marlis

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  15. Linda, your centerpiece with the wine crates is very clever and attractive. The desserts look delicious in their little square cups. I'm going to look for those. They look to be a perfect size and fun shape. Your wine club sounds like a fun group. Thanks for sharing these details.

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  16. Beautiful tablescapes. Sounds like such a fun event. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

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  17. What a fun evening this must've been.
    I really like the birdie dessert server. Visiting from Let's Dish.

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  18. I just love that 'Tree" server. Everything looks good! What does a non drinker do at a wine party? I am always being asked to go to winery tours around here, but what would I do?

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    1. And thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

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  19. Looks like you had a perfect for wine club. Great centerpiece.

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  20. What a great looking party! I love all your little details. That shrimp looks amazing!

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  21. Thanks for bringing this wonderful post to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  22. LOVE those little tags for the wine.....looks like a fun party...anything with wine :)

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