Spring Wedding at a Winery

I’m told that spring “officially” starts on March 20th, but I have a hard time with that date. You see, as a Floridian, our seasons, if we are even going to call them that, are limited, short lived – and rather sporadic. Spring is an occasional day that it’s in the 70’s. And I think so far this year, we are up to maybe 5 of those days, spread out and often followed by a week of low 80s. So the concept of spring, with its new life bringing and bright blossoming flowers, is a bit far-fetched sounding for this part of the world. Everything is always green here. Even when we are low on our rain quotas, the sun still shines and the palm trees just live on.

So to a native Floridian, the idea of spring is not so much the rebirth of nature. It’s more about savoring those few, previous days that bring slightly cooler temperatures, and lower humidity rates. Simple, easy, and yet so hard to come by. It’s a fairly well kept secret that Florida has a number of wineries in its growing wealth of attractions. Snagging one of the beautiful properties on a sunny spring day would make for a perfect wedding setting. Letting the natural green landscape that Florida provides be the highlight of the decor, with a few wine themed accents, and simple spring flower accents, you’ve got all the makings to a natural-elegance inspired outdoor wedding. Why not have a spring wedding at a winery?

Here’s what I had in mind:

Spring Wedding at a Winery

Spring Wedding at a Winery

Be sure to see where each element of this week’s spring wedding at a winery ideas board was found:

Wine Bottle Seating Charts with Spring Flowers – shared by Melani Lust Photography in the Style Me Pretty Vault

Outdoor Wedding in a Vineyard – shared on Martha Stewart Weddings

Oversized Champagne Bottle Ring Toss Game – shared on BizBash

Lawn Reception with Vines – captured by Katie Harmsworth

Please Don’t Take My Drink, I’m Dancing Custom Drink Coasters – available by Wedding Paper Divas

Round Wooden Barrel Bar with Vine Accents – shared by Easton Events

Wine Bottle Table Number – shared by Jessica Burke in the Style Me Pretty Vault

Don’t forget to pin your favorites for future reference:

Be sure to check out my other party and wedding idea boards featuring a wine element here, and for even MORE inspiration, check out my board on Pinterest dedicated to wine here.

Have you ever been to a Florida winery before? Which is your favorite?

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Vineyard Wedding in Shades of Plum

How many states do you know that has world class beaches, shopping, amusement parks, AND vineyards? Not too many states coming to mind, do they? Here in Florida we are lucky to have all of those, and so much more. People often forget that we have a number of great wineries here, perfect for an end of summer wedding. This week, I channeled the beauty of wineries from around the world, with shades of plum purples, to create this week’s vineyard wedding idea board. Here’s what I had in mind:

Vineyard Wedding in Shades of Plum

Vineyard Wedding in Shades of Plum

Be sure to see where I found each of this week’s inspirational images:

Autumn Fall Inspired Centerpiece – shared on Rock My Wedding

Vineyard Inspired Wine Bottle Centerpiece – shared on David Corey Photography

Frames Photo Booth Backdrop – spotted on Pinterest

Cocktail Hour Tables of Wine Barrels – shared on Wedding Wire

Plum and Burnt Orange Ceremony Vine Covered Altar and Mandap Overlooking Vineyard – spotted on Pinterest

Tablescape of Floating Candles in Glass Bubbles Under Vines – shared by wedsource on Etsy

Wine Barrel Bar – shared by Elegant Wedding Invites

Plum Wedding Aisle Décor Flower Arrangements – shared on Ruffled

Plum and Purple Flower Wedding Bouquet – shared by Field and Florist

Vineyard Wedding Wine Pouring Ceremony – shared by Floridian Social

Need ideas for a wine themed event? Never fear! I have a Pinterest board dedicated to all things wine themed, check it out HERE.

Have you ever been to a wedding at a vineyard?

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Wine Glass Painting Party Ideas {for National Wine Day}

In honor of National Wine Day, May 25, I present to you this party idea and inspiration board, full of wine themed party décor. I envision this party theme being used for a birthday party, or perhaps a bachelorette party, where lots of wine is enjoyed, and there is plenty of good spirited company around to celebrate with. A wine glass painting party should be in a comfortable area, where people are free to roam about and mingle as their work is drying, and they can nibble on finger foods as they walk about and enjoy the creation of their fellow guests.

For this wine glass painting party, here’s what I had in mind:

Wine Glass Painting Party Ideas {for National Wine Day}

Wine Glass Painting Party Ideas {for National Wine Day}

Here’s where I found each of the elements used to create this week’s party idea board:

Painting Party Birthday Invitation – created and sold by NineEighteenBirthday on Etsy

Abstract Watercolor Paper Flowers on a Gold Backdrop Photo Booth Wall – shared in a roundup post by Engaged and Inspired

Eclectic and Colorful Tablescape and Centerpiece – featured on 100 Layer Cake

Abstract Artistic Painted Cake – by Maggie Austin Cake

DIY Wine Glass Painting Party Kit – created and sold by LaBicheBoutique on Etsy

Are you a wine fan?

Check out my other posts involving wine HERE, or check out my “Wine and Cheese Party Idea” board on Pinterest HERE.

Ideas for National Chocolate Cake Day for Two….with wine.

What are the odds, that not only is today both Wine Wednesday AND National Chocolate Cake Day? As if we needed a reason to consume either! This year they both line up perfectly into one glorious day. Maybe it’s because it’s getting close to Valentine’s Day, or maybe I’m a fan of date nights that involve a good red wine and a luscious cake, but I feel like this week’s idea board should be an ever-so-lightly romantic evening for two. And you guessed it: chocolate cake and wine are on the menu. Here’s what I had in mind:

Ideas for National Chocolate Cake Day for Two….with wine.

Don’t you think that card is adorable? How cute would it be to write a little love note and ask if your other half will join you for a little wine and chocolate and mail it to them? I would be thrilled to get that in the mail! Here’s where I found all of these great images for this week’s inspiration:

National Chocolate Cake Day Greeting Card – created and sold by NeedAHolidayCalendar on Etsy

Swarovski Crystalline Red Wine Glasses – available on Swarovski

Wine Decanter – featured in a post by Food & Wine

Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze – Recipe shared by Bon Appetit

Double Chocolate Cake Truffle Cake Balls – baked and sold by SugarpopBakeshop on Etsy

What would you do if we created a National Wine and Chocolate Cake Day holiday?

I’d insist I had to take the day off.

Dinner Party Menu: Baked Scallops and Roasted Potatoes

So guess what? Tomorrow is apparently National Baked Scallops Day. Who knew that was a thing?

I’m from Florida, so I know the deliciousness to be savored when feasting on fresh seafood. I couldn’t resist putting together a scrumptious dinner party menu for this week’s inspiration board. And no party of mine is complete unless there’s wine!

Here’s what I had in mind:

Dinner Party Menu Baked Scallops and Roasted Potatoes by Unique Pastiche Events

Dinner Party Menu Baked Scallops and Roasted Potatoes by Unique Pastiche Events

Be sure to see where I found all these images:

Simple Baked Sea Scallops in Basil and Parsley Butter Sauce – shared on Southern Food

Simple Baked Sea Scallops in Basil and Parsley Butter Sauce – shared on Southern Food

Simple Baked Sea Scallops in Basil and Parsley Butter Sauce – shared on Southern Food

Crispy Roasted Potatoes – shared on Sage Trifle

Crispy Roasted Potatoes – shared on Sage Trifle

Crispy Roasted Potatoes – shared on Sage Trifle

Milano Hand Painted Hand Blown Wine Decanter – sold by HomeStoreDeluxe on Etsy

Milano Hand Painted Hand Blown Wine Decanter – sold by HomeStoreDeluxe on Etsy

Milano Hand Painted Hand Blown Wine Decanter – sold by HomeStoreDeluxe on Etsy

How to Pair Wine and Cheese Plus Serving Tips – shared by Natalie Maclean – Wine Reviews & Ratings

How to Pair Wine and Cheese Plus Serving Tips – shared by Natalie Maclean – Wine Reviews & Ratings

How to Pair Wine and Cheese Plus Serving Tips – shared by Natalie Maclean – Wine Reviews & Ratings

Personalized Modern Monogrammed Wine Glasses – made by UrbanLoftTampa on Etsy

Personalized Modern Monogrammed Wine Glasses – made by UrbanLoftTampa on Etsy

Personalized Modern Monogrammed Wine Glasses – made by UrbanLoftTampa on Etsy

If you are looking for a great resource of dinner menu ideas, make sure to check out my board on Pinterest dedicated to pretty menus!

What’s for dinner tonight in your house?

Wine and Cheese Birthday Party Ideas

Happy Birthday toooooo youuuuu!

Ok, well maybe it is not ACTUALLY your birthday. Yet. That doesn’t mean you can’t start dropping hints now! This week’s party inspiration is all about wine and cheese, and how you can turn them into an entire birthday bash.

This party is perfect for foodies, or people you want to throw a surprise bash for, but know they won’t really like.

Key elements for this event:

  • Tons of selection – this goes for wine AND cheeses! Don’t just get what you like, everyone’s gotta eat!
  • Other options – not everything can be wine and cheese, there is always someone who doesn’t like it, and see above about selection.
  • Light music – this is going to be a mix and mingle event (more than likely) so don’t let there be any awkward silence. Pandora can help you find some light background music if you need a last minute fix.

If you are looking for pairing ideas or just a lite of basic wines and cheeses to choose from, check out my board on Pinterest devoted specifically to Wine & Cheese Parties. I’ve got several good charts and infographics that will likely help you out when deciding what to pick up.

Oh, and make sure to check out where I got all of these lovely images:

Bite Sized Bake Brie – recipe shared by Joy the Baker

Wine and Cheese Birthday Cake – seen on this pin

Traditional Bruschetta (with recipe!) – shared by A Rosy Note

Olive Oil Dipping Bar – seen on this pin

Bag of Grapes – shared by Ruffled

Wine and Cheese Cupcakes – shared by Cupcakeando

Wine and Cheese Birthday Party Invitations  – created by Greylelin on Etsy

Chalkboard Wine & Cheese Spread – seen on this pin

What is your favorite type of wine to sip on at a party?