What to make a statement at an upcoming event by having original, one of a kind favors? Making personalized mini wine bottles is one of my favorites. It’s relatively easy, only costs about 1.50 to 2.00 a favor and makes a statement.
I’ve made them for a few events and the idea in itself is not the most original. The originality comes into what you put into the labels. Anyone can hand a bottle of wine to a guest but if you make original labels- it will be a one of a kind gift made only for the person being celebrated.
So how can you make it original? It depends how much work you want to put into it. The first ones I ever made are the simplest. They were all identical and of simple design for a 50th birthday party. The theme was aged to perfection, wine, and grapes. Along with the bottles, I got wine glasses from the dollar store and painted them adding purple Hershey kisses inside.
If you want to get a bit more detailed, you can get a different label for each type of wine you buy. I didn’t have a specific theme I had to follow for one bridal shower, so I improvised. The groom was from Philadelphia, the bride was from Chicago, they went to college in Washington, D.C., and they lived together in San Diego after college.
I made four different labels with skylines for each of these cities. To make them more unified, I used all nighttime photos, increased the contrast and increased the blue. The wedding color was blue after all. Attendants at the shower represented all 4 cities, so it was fun for them to grab a bottle that represented their relationship with the bride or the groom.
The most recent ones I made were the most intricate. My cousin, who is one of my very best friends, was turning thirty. She is a photographer and has a beautiful family and wonderful friends. For her party, I wanted to capture that. I got a picture of a picture frame and filled the frame with a different picture for almost every bottle. I titled every picture with her name and the event. Together all of the wine bottles gave a gallery effect to capture her photography career and hobby.
Are you ready?
What you need:
1 mini bottle of wine for each guest + a few extra for the guest of honor to keep
Labels (I use Avery 5164)
A colored printer with full ink (photo printer is better)
Microsoft Word (or something more sophisticated)
- Get a large bucket or bowl of water. I like to use an extra-large cake pan.
- Fill it halfway full with water and place as many of the bottles that fit. Make sure the label is covered.
- After 20 minutes, you can try to pull off the label. Anything shorter than this will require more effort to remove the label. Scrape off the glue. I use my nails but you can also use a sponge.
- Download the template for your labels. I use Avery Labels #5164.
- Create your labels however you would like but keep the guest of honor in mind. Where are they from? What are their hobbies? Are there shower colors? Also- try to include the type of wine on the label to reduce questions from guests. You can I include a date, a name.
- Print the labels. Use the top quality available from your printer. The labels will soak up the ink so anything less than the best may look faded.
- Make sure the wine bottles are dry. Once they are, apply the labels as straight as possible. They won’t be perfect, so don’t make yourself crazy!
- If you want to do more- feel free. Just don’t go too over the top. You can add personalized wine glasses with Candy, a ribbon, some twine around the neck if you want to go country- Whatever! Anything you do will make them original.
Want something a little bigger? If you have more money you would like to put into the favors, you can do full-sized wine bottles. You can still use the same size label to keep it classy.
For a guy or non-wine drinker? Try using different types of beer.
For children? Let’s not exclude them! Make personalized labels for bottles of juice or water.
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