12 Nov

REAL PARTIES: Winery-Inspired Event

winery event and wedding theme

This gorgeous winery-inspired event by Beth Helmstetter features pretty florals in rich shades of burgandy/orange/coral, rustic elements like wooden wine boxes and barrels, and a mouth-watering spread of wines & cheeses (of course!)… all displayed in a gorgeous outdoor setting.

These images are great inspiration for a fall or winery-inspired wedding… and I also think the centerpieces would be lovely on a Thanksgiving table!

winery event and wedding theme

Read on for lots of pretty pics and party details, as told by Beth herself…

winery event and wedding theme

“For this event we had over 150 people traveling from the east coast to Southern California. We decided to welcome them to the area by hosting a winery themed party with everything from a wine and cheese pairing during cocktail hour to a rustic family style dinner accompanied by classical guitars.

winery event and wedding theme

For the wine and cheese stations, we choose three regions from California including Central Coast, Sonoma and Napa. From there we selected a red and a white from each region and paired it with an appropriate cheese, crusty breads, spanish olives and dried fruits.

winery event and wedding theme

To add to the winery aesthetic we chose to serve the cheese in the full rounds rather than in bite sized pieces. This raw presentation was not only fun for the guests to dig into but it was also a beautiful way to add to the design of the event.

In lieu of traditional cocktail tables, we used wine barrels which were a hit!

winery event and wedding theme

For dinner everyone sat down to long, family style wood tables under a sky of raw Italian lights.

winery event and wedding theme

The centerpieces were created in wine boxes which I secured from the fine people at Costco and then had a carpenter cut them down to appropriate table sizes.

winery event and wedding theme

All in all, the event was meant to be a comfortable and approachable way to welcome guests all while introducing them to an experience that is regional to the state.”


Gorgeous party, Beth! Thanks for sharing!

Resources & Credits:
Photographer: Steve Steinhardt
Location: Westlake Village Inn
Florals: Holly Flora
Furniture: Town & Country Event Rentals


P.S. Love this style? Check out our other real party features by Beth:
Cowboy Themed Baby Shower
Eclectic Baby Shower
Natural & Organic Wedding Reception

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Jessica SAYS:

Beautiful! It has me longing for warm summer afternoons.

November 12, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Marcia Pikel SAYS:

Love! Cute idea to use the corks as menu markers…could be great place cards too! Love everything about this party. Thanks for sharing!

November 12, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Ashley SAYS:

The wine box centerpieces are so creatively elegant. Love it!!!!

November 12, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Annie @ Marry You Me SAYS:

I love this!

November 12, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Robin SAYS:

Beautiful! where the wine barrels difficult to come by?

November 13, 2009 at 6:24 am

Laura SAYS:

This is so beautifiul! This is how I want my wedding to look!

November 13, 2009 at 6:24 am

Joanna @lets entertain SAYS:

My heart skipped a beat when I saw this. Just gorgeous. I love the wine box centerpieces and the wine barrels as tables!

November 13, 2009 at 8:07 am

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November 13, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Nikki Marfori SAYS:

The flower boxes are so charming, and everything about this party is so inviting and simply gorgeous!

November 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

kim SAYS:

Awesome I really love and am going to try to do something like it for my hubby’s 40th!!

November 13, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Julianne SAYS:

the centers are gorgeous!


November 13, 2009 at 3:33 pm

down pillow SAYS:

Everything’s so beautiful – LOVE the gorgeous flowers throughout :)

November 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Beth SAYS:

this is a wonderful theme — and the floral centerpieces are divine!

November 14, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Michelle SAYS:

GORGEOUS! I love the color palette and wine box centerpieces. I can feel the “warmth” and sense of family by looking at the pictures!

November 17, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Karen Campos SAYS:

Even though this was posted last year, I love this idea for a wine tasting event. I especially love all the winery inspired details.

June 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

heather SAYS:

This is gorgeous!

November 2, 2010 at 11:58 am

Bay Window SAYS:

I like wine and I love your decoration ideas.

March 4, 2014 at 8:28 am
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