A craft and wine holiday party idea for decorating stockings and enjoying wine. Complete with free printable checklist to create your own D-I-Wine Stocking Party. This post is intended for those of the ages 21+, please drink responsibly.
One of my favorite entertaining trends are DIY wine and craft parties or as I like to call them, D-I-Wine Parties! If you’re unfamiliar, a D-I-Wine party is when a group of family or friends get together to sip wine while trying a D-I-Y. Most popular wine and craft parties being painting murals. These are the most fun parties I’ve attended or easiest to host. Everyone enjoys talking over wine while getting to take home something they made. For this season my holiday party theme will be a D-I-Wine Stocking Decorating Party. I’ll be grabbing my gals & pals in their best tacky sweaters to decorate felt holiday stockings. All while serving a trio of Cameron Hughes Wines so each guest can wine taste or stick to what they love. With the holidays on our heels, I wanted to share how I put together a party like this, so you too, could host your own. Plus I’ve provided a free checklist printable to keep you organized! Grab your tackiest sweat and let’s craft!
COVER & STATION
The most forgotten item, is what we’ll start with, a disposable tablecloth. Your guest will be dealing with glues, irons, stickers, paint, wines, and foods. Keep the damage low to your table and clean up (think about all the little strands of yarn and faux fur) as easy as rolling up a cloth. I prefer to use kraft paper as it’s cheap and easy to decorate. I set a felt stocking out for each guest and calligraphy work station name cards. Using washi table, I create a faux table runner for the placement of crafting items and bottled wine.
You’ll want to set up a wine station, or in my case, two. I prefer to have a place where arrived guest can grab or taste test wine, while picking up a few light bites (find my paired snacks on the free printable). The second station is on the table runner. I have wine bottles with place holders for easy refills during crafting. I do prefer to serve three different but good wines for variety. Great wine doesn’t have to be expensive, so I reach for Cameron Hughes for this holiday party. It’s exceptional wine, at an extraordinary value. I tend to serve two classics. You can’t go wrong with their 606 Cabernet Sauvignon and 576 Chardonnay. The third being a seasonally appropriate wine, their 565 Pinot Noir. It’s perfect for cool weather sipping.
SUPPLY & CRAFT
My key to shopping for supplies is picking a color scheme and sticking to it. For this party I wanted classic christmas colors with hints of metallics. Keeping with this scheme means that no matter what someone makes, it will all come together to match in the end. After that have fun with the items you get! I loved all the different felt animals I found. If you have a vinyl cutter you can also create a station for guest to make custom iron on vinyl images or text. Don’t worry too hard on what to buy. I’ve provided a checklist list printable to make shopping and gathering supplies easier for you.
From this point I spread out my craft supplies across the faux table runner, dividing items across the table for easy access. Using mason jars I’ll keep those easy to roll away craft items in one place. I’m looking at you jingle bells! I don’t like to keep things too neat as I want to encourage people, that’s it okay to make a mess at this party.
I’ll set up one of my Christmas trees, so we can hang finished stockings on it and take pictures our creations. I set out plates for small bites and crank up the Christmas music. I’ll also print out a few stocking inspo pictures to help guest get the creative juices flowing. I’ve left four fun options I’ve created down below! Then right before guest arrive I open the wine bottles to aerate a bit and set out wine glasses. After that it’s a night of enjoying sips and creative fun.
Glitzy & Modern // Pom Pom Inspired
Classic Christmas Tree // Netflix Lover
That’s it! D-I-Wine parties are so easy to host and they are always a blast. I love getting to see the mix of hilarious and awe inspiring creations my friends tend to make. I hope this encourage you to pop open a bottle of Cameron Hughes wine and get to crafting with your best pals this holiday season. You’ll be surprised at what fun you’ll create.
If you do host your own D-I-Wine Stocking Decorating Party tag me in your photos on Instagram (@elle_talk) so I can see what holiday fun you create!
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