If you’re looking for a great way to have some fun and you love wine, consider hosting a wine tasting party. You might think that hosting this type of party will be overly expensive, but the truth is, it’s only as expensive as you make it out to be. Let’s take a quick look at some simple steps you can follow to get the most out of your next wine party.

  1. Choose the type of theme. You can choose any theme that you want. If you’re choosing a wine that comes from a certain geographical area, you may want to center your theme around that city or town. Or, you could choose to theme your wine party around only one type of wine, such as 10 different types of red wine. It’s completely up to you.
  2. Buy some crackers and cheese. All wine parties need crackers and cheese. Not only does this help everyone from getting completely drunk, but it also allows your guests to see how different wines taste with foods.
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  3. Buy wine glasses.What is a wine party without wine glasses? Believe it or not, you can get wine glasses made out of actual glass for fairly cheap. Many places sell them for as low as $6 for four glasses.
  4. Gather all your supplies. Now that you have the wine, crackers and cheese, it’s time to gather all the other supplies you will need. This includes paper plates, ice, ice buckets for the wine to chill in, table clothes and more. And for goodness sake, don’t forget the corkscrew.
  5. Make out a guest list. You need to base the number of guests that you invite on the size of your home and the amount of money you’re willing to spend. The more guests, the more money it will take to feed them and keep them feeling good. It’s usually best to stick with inviting only people who you know will drink wine. You don’t want someone popping in who doesn’t like wine only to break out a bottle of whiskey; this could lead to a rowdy party.
  6. Choose your party date and time. Scheduling a wine tasting party can be a bit tricky because you don’t want to host it at a time that you have to feed your guests actual food. Cheese and crackers are okay, but to avoid the expectation of serving a full meal, it’s usually best to host your wine party around four in the afternoon or at nine at night.
  7. Enjoy the party! Once the date of the party arrives, make sure you have all your wines, crackers and cheese set out for your guests to enjoy. Most importantly, make sure to enjoy the party yourself.
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