One of my co-worker’s bridal showers was last weekend and the invitation was wine-themed, so another co-worker thought we could do a special presentation that would go with the theme. The idea is to give a basket containing several bottles of wine, each with a specific poem that relates to a milestone during the first year or two of marriage. The 6 poems we used were titled “Wedding Night”, “First Fight”, “First Anniversary”, “First Dinner Party”, “First Christmas Eve”, and “First Baby”. I’m not sure of the original poem source, as my co-worker has seen this idea at a couple other showers she’s been to previously, but I did a quick Google search and this site gives all of the poems - http://www.amazingbridalshowers.com/featured/event-drinking-poem/. I think with a little tweaking, you may be able to change this to champagne bottles if the bride is not a wine fan. If you are feeling creative and can write poetry, some other ideas would be to write a “First New Year’s” or “First Thanksgiving” poem if there are more than 6 participants.
I was in charge of making tags with the poems for each bottle. They ended up being a little bigger than I would have liked, but in order for the poem to be easily visible, I had to make sure the font sizes were at least 14 or 16. This was an easy project since I just used scrap paper, ribbon, and some stickers I already had on hand. The bride can save the tags for the future in a scrapbook after they drink all these bottles :) Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the entire basket set up, but here are the bottles lined up:
I had the “First Anniversary” poem, so I purchased a Sparkling Spanish Wine so they could enjoy a little bubbly the anniversary night. We each read our poems after the bride finished opening gifts and it made for a very touching presentation - it had everyone in tears, especially after the First Baby poem was read. And speaking of the shower…all the details were so elegant and went very well with the theme. They even had a tasting where you could sample wines from a local winery. Check out these centerpieces:
And there were so many other beautiful details, like wine corks in mason jars were hung around the edge of the tent. The bride’s chair was surrounded by barrels and lots of bunches of grapes (I heard that one of the bridesmaids works at a department store and they were able to use the barrels from a previous store display). I feel like all of these ideas would be very fitting for a summer or fall wedding.