15 Mar

{Eco-Friendly} Rustic Wine and Cheese Party + $500 Party Package Giveaway & Free Printables

hwtm and glad cheese buffet

Winner update: 4/2/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #329 LINDA SCHWARTZ! Congrats!


I have a really fun Rustic Wine & Cheese Party party recap to share with you today… this is a backyard party that Sonny & I recently hosted at home, and it just so happens to include a $500 PARTY PACKAGE GIVEAWAY (woo-hoo!) in addition to eco-friendly party ideas, recipes, and FREE wine and cheese party printables!


To give you a little back story on how this party came about, we were asked to participate in Glad’s One Bag party challenge – which encourages hosts & hostesses to take a proactive role in reducing waste by limiting the amount of trash produced at their party to just ONE bag destined for the landfill, with everything else going to recycling or compost.

It was really fun dreaming up a few easy upcycled DIY decor projects for this party – and designing printable signs that could easily double as kitchen/dining decor after the party… they have a rustic chalkboard vibe and a bit of cheeky humor. You can download them for free below. ;)

Since we were given a lot of creative freedom as far as what kind of party to host, I chose a Rustic Wine & Cheese theme. The weather’s been beautiful so I thought an evening backyard party sounded like fun – and truth be told – as much as I love my 15 month and 3 year old, I really wanted a good excuse to invite some adult friends over for a little wine and grown up conversation! So that’s exactly we did… scroll down to see how it turned out!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Upcycled wine bottles & tin cans – painted and embellished with twine & raffia
– DIY Wine Cork Frames and Wine Cork Hurricane
– Printable Trash, Compost, and Recycling station signs
– DIY bunting banners made from scrap fabric & twine
Temporarily personalized plates (silhouette chalkboard stickers + chalk)

cranberry pecan cheese balls

fabric bunting banner

wine and cheese party ideas

diy painted wine bottles


Selected items from cool stores like Potterybarn, Crate and Barrel and World Market make up this amazing $500 Party Package Giveaway, courtesy of Glad®! One lucky winner will receive several of the exact items shown in this party – from the 3 different styles of wine glasses and various slate/ceramic serving trays to the Sangria pitchers, silver cheese knives & spreaders, wine rack, 100 pack of recycled wine corks for DIY projects, and more!


To enter, simply post a comment below mentioning your favorite element from this party OR your favorite eco-friendly party tip. {Must enter by midnight PST on Friday, March 22nd} Good luck!!


custom chalkboard plates

bruschetta toasts

rustic wine and cheese party ideas

cranberry pecan cheese balls

cheese knives

wine corks in hurricane vases

prosciutto melon appetizers

apricot appetizer

free printable wine quote

wine station


wine rack

wine tasting party glasses

chalkboard wine sign free printables from hwtm

wine party ideas from hwtm

diy painted tin cans

printable recycling sign



This was a fun & casual Wine & Cheese party we held in our backyard… I wanted it to have a bit of a rustic vibe, so we used elements like chalkboard paint, wood, raffia, twine, and chalkboard-themed printables to create this feel.

Painted tin cans and wine bottles created a nice pop of color… blue might seem like a strange color choice for a wine party, but that’s the color of our backyard, and it makes decorating much easier when your color palette matches your space. It actually makes it more eco-friendly too – because utilizing the colors in the space you already have means you need less decor to pull everything together – and you can reuse the decor you actually do create!

To help keep things eco-friendly, I followed several of the tips found in Glad’s One Bag Party Toolkit, which you can download right here. We used real dishes, napkins, glasses, etc, created upcycled and reusable party decor, set up stations for trash/recycling/compost, etc. With a little planning, it was actually very easy to keep the true waste to “one bag”!


Cranberry Pecan Cheese Balls
– Apricot Almond Cheese Bites
– Prosciutto Wrapped Melon
– {Create Your Own} Bruschetta – (we set out various toppings guests could add)
– Gourmet Cheeses: Garlic & Herb Boursin, Aged Cheddar, Auricchio Reggiano, Smoked Gouda, Castello Rosenborg Danish Blue


– Red Sangria
– Water with Lemon – served in a cool Wine Barrel Dispenser that I forgot to photograph… it’s part of the giveaway though!
– Lots of WINE, of course! ;)


– Painted wine bottles embellished with twine & raffia
– Painted & embellished upcycled tin cans with backyard clippings & mini chalk board signs
– Wine cork frames (one all-cork & one a combo of chalkboard paint & corks)
– DIY bunting banner made from scrap fabric and twine
– Wine cork “hurricane” made from 2 nested glass cylinders + recycled wine corks
– “temporarily” personalized plates made from white plates + chalkboard stickers & chalk
– Printable cheese makers


Glad’s Crowdsourced One Bag Party

Fans can visit Facebook.com/Glad to enter for a chance to win $10,000 toward their own personal One Bag party designed by celebrity event planner Heidi Mayne for every vote they cast toward the One Bag crowdsourced party, now through March 31, 2013.

Throughout March, Glad’s Facebook fans can vote on everything from the event’s location and cuisine to décor and party favors. Each week a new aspect of the event will be featured on the Glad Facebook page for America’s votes, with all winning selections being showcased at Tiffani Thiessen’s party this coming Earth Month.



The Printables include all the items shown above! With a rustic chalkboard looks and witty humor, these printables will be sure to add a touch of humor to your sophisticated party ;)

Download the Party Signs
Download the Food Labels



– Party Printables: Hostess with the Mostess
– Party Design, Styling & Photography: Hostess with the Mostess
– Partner: Glad®

Leave a Comment


Morgan SAYS:

All the little details for this party are fantastic – I LOVE the signs! For a wine party, some of my favorite tips to be eco-friendly are to use empty wine bottles as vases. Either with the wine label or with a special label for the party. After the party, you can take some special bottles and find vendors who will cut the bottles and turn them into candle holders or etch them for you!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Kristina M. SAYS:

I love all the printables and the way much of the decor can be reused. Plus , wine and cheese is always a great party plan!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Susan Mitchell SAYS:

There are so many elements to love! I love the witty humor throughout, from “You had me at Merlot” to “Wine o’clock.” So fun! I also really love the color palette – the blue is so fresh. THank you for sharing your awesome idea so the rest of us can copy!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

sarah cruikshank SAYS:

I love everything about this party bit what I love most is the temporary personalized plates

Reply March 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Jessica Iafigliola SAYS:

I just love this wine and cheese party!! The DIY Wine Cork Frames and Wine Cork Hurricane are awesome!!! Thx for sharing the printables!!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Cynthia SAYS:

Love this! I am a member of an charitable organization about to host a blind wine tasting as a fundraiser, and this is awesome inspiration for the event!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Veronica Ayon SAYS:

I absolutely love the cork frame that says “Its wine o clock!” Made me laugh! Such a cute party!!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Martie SAYS:

What a neat idea! I love the mini chalk board signs and the cork picture frames w/chalk board. Totally reusable.

Reply March 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Andrea SAYS:

So many great ideas. I really love the plates personalized with chalk.

Reply March 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Isabel SAYS:

Love the cork picture frame. the painted cans, the wine bottles painted, everything is great for a party. Thank you for these wonderful ideas.

Reply March 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Lorelei SAYS:

I love the Compost, Trash and Recycle signs! A super cute way to take care of clean-up and respect the environment. I also love the picnic basket. It is divine!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Lauren Jones SAYS:

I love this party! My wheels are turning now!!!! The signs are so cute and clever! I can’t wait to host a wine and cheese party this summer on my patio with some of my girlfriends!!!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Elizabeth SAYS:

Love every detail! Specially the fact that everything used for the party is reusable! If I had to pick a single item though, it’d be the painted wine bottles…

Reply March 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Heidi SAYS:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the ” You had me at merlot” sign! I so want to have this exact same party!!!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Danzel B. SAYS:

The whole thing is gorgeous! I have a weakness for upcycled tin cans and bottles – I love decorating cans and bottles – but the cork frame is pretty awesome!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm

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