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


allison sauturaga SAYS:

i love it all but i think my favourite element is the signage – from the labelling to the gorgeous framed signs like ‘you had me at Merlot” – gorgeous styling – would love to win so i could have an excuse to host such s party!!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Stephanie SAYS:

I simply love it all. Fantastic party, can’t wait to incorporate many of the details into our annual tomato festival!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Suzanne Dziendziel SAYS:

I love the wine theme!! I think what I love most is the wine cork frames and the painted wine bottles, I can’t wait to try to make these!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Krystal D SAYS:

Love this party, but I love wine and cheese ;) My eco friendly tip, at my last dinner I used saved wine corks as place card holders and for the “cards” in the wine corks I used leaves from my magnolia tree. The leaves are so great to decorate with and you can also write on them.

Reply March 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Lindsay Ward SAYS:

I love love the mini chalkboard signs. This looks like it was an awesome party and I for one would have loved to be there. I love the use of the recycled wine bottle decoration !

Reply March 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Marilyn Calik SAYS:

Absolutely love the creative printable! I could see myself doing this in my backyard with a bunch of girlfriends and some new wines to try. love it!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Jodi C SAYS:

I love this entire party! My favorite part is the use of chalkboard! I am a sucker for chalkboard! Love it!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Michelle Wilson SAYS:

I love the appetizers!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Heather K. SAYS:

Loved that you recycled your old wine corks for great decor. Absolutely my favorite. The whole concept of the party was just cozy, inviting, and very hospitable.

Reply March 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Tish DeRensis SAYS:

Oh, this is awesome! I Love all the signs especially the one that is in a cork frame “you had me at merlot”

Reply March 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Jackie M. SAYS:

I love the wine cork frames and the cheeseballs! Hopefully I can recreate this one day.

Reply March 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Tish DeRensis SAYS:

Love all the chalkboard signs!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Asgley SAYS:

I love you had me at merlot. Enough said!

Reply March 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Emily Jones SAYS:

Love the little plates that guests write their name on. I definitely want to plan a wine & cheese party for my girlfriends.

Reply March 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Roxana Johnson SAYS:

I love all the ideas for this party. I love using regular plates to cut down on plastic or paper plates.

Reply March 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

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