I love parties. And I love love. So what’s the best kind of party? Anything related to weddings!
(Plus, the sweet treats that you get to make and eat are a nice bonus.)
Remember that if you need some quick and delicious recipes for cakes, cupcakes, frostings and more, you can check out some of my favorites right here!
I had so much fun planning a bridal shower for my friend Mal as we celebrated her upcoming wedding to Brian. Spoiler alert: it was a wonderful day and you can read more at:
In addition to the four dozen cupcakes — can you believe I didn’t even eat one before the party? — I teamed up with my cousins Sarah and Denise to put together a really fun gift, and it would be so easy for you to create and personalize for your own special bride!
It’s a wine basket, and since I’d received one at my own bridal shower and loved it, I knew Mal would appreciate it as well.
Together, we picked out eight bottles of wine and liquor and then I put everything together in the basket (with an assist from Cody).
How to Create a Unique, Personalized and Fun Bridal Shower Gift
It’s really easy to put together the basket and of course, you can add your own personal touches. But here’s what I did.
Buy 8 bottles of alcohol (or as many as you want, and you could even pick non-alcoholic bottles if your bride doesn’t drink).
The bottles are supposed to be opened at special occasions like:
- Wedding Night
- First Anniversary
- First Dinner Party
- The Birth of the First Baby
but again, you can have some fun with this, especially if you know the couple well and they have some of their own big milestones ahead.
Type up and print a poem for each bottle.
We used the poems from this site, except we replaced the New Year’s Eve bottle with a custom “While You Wait” bottle so she had one to drink sooner.
Once mine were typed up, I printed them out on some brown cardstock, cut them out with decorative scissors, and tied each one onto its bottle with blue ribbon. I also added a little extra ribbon around the basket and used some filler paper to fill up the inside of the basket.
(After I took this picture, I went back and re-tied the ribbon into bows.)
That’s it! I know it almost doesn’t even deserve a true tutorial, but people really seem to love this idea and I wanted to share how I’d put this one together.
If you need more inspiration, I’ve put together a Pinterest board with great bridal shower gifts, party planning ideas, sweet treats and more.
Plus, see some other showers I’ve attended:
Such a cute idea!! It’s so creative an thoughtful :)
Michelle@Peachy Palate says
Oh my god that’s such a great idea…gives it such a personal touch! I wonder will they save them for the occasions suggested…I know I would, good woman!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries says
What a cute idea! I love it! Have fun at the shower! :)
Ahhh I love that idea! So cute! I’ll have to remember that one! Ps I love how the cat always finds his way into your pictures, lol!
Danica @ It's Progression says
super cute gift idea…hope you’re having fun at the shower!
Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution says
I saw this on Pinterest once, and I loved it!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
What a cute idea for the gift basket of wine. I’ll have to keep this in mind for the next person I know to get married! ;)
Erica @ For the Sake of Cake says
Love that idea!
I love the wine basket idea! Super creative!
Blog is the New Black says
SO cute, Courtney!
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles says
That is definitely a cute idea!
I am in LOVE with this idea!! More for myself though. :)
Ohhh I love this idea!!
I was recently asked to be a bridesmaid for the first time and I will definitely be keeping this in mind. I might include a bottle of sparkling apple cider for the first baby announcement ;)
Such a cute gift! Might have to steal it ;)
Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl says
I used to HATE olives. But ever since I started eating healthier, I have found myself eating foods that I never thought I would. Olives are one of those foods…well, the black ones anyways. I still can handle the green ones!
Love the bridal shower gift idea. Super creative!
Chelsea @ Cardio and Cocktails says
Oh I love that idea! I wish I had seen this earlier since I had many a bridal shower to attend this last spring/summer but I’m definitely pinning for next year!
chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says
Have fun at the shower!
Aw, this is such a unique idea! I’ll have to keep it in mind for when I start getting wedding invitations! I love how personalized it is with the little tags on each bottle… so unique :)
Have a great time!
Kristen @ notsodomesticated says
Very very cute idea for a shower gift! You obviously used to be a teacher, with your crafty skills. ;)
Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy says
Very cute idea!
I love that idea! So sweet :)
I live black olives, my husband picks them out like you do so I just eat his.
Where do you get your cupcake boxes? And the cupcake trays?
Angela @ Beauty in Strength says
Pinned It! We used to do something similar when a cousin went to college for the first time. We used to fill a laundry basket with various items (useful and with personal meanings) with notes attached before they moved away!
Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance says
Such a cute idea!
And I’m with Kristen up above– Only a former teacher would notice the tiny detail in the ribbon bows ;)
What a really cool idea! :) Happy weekend! :)
The Glorified Tomato says
We love your wine basket, the edges of the cards look fantastic. And thanks for the linkage!
Beth @ a latte inspiration says
Cute idea, I think I’ll have to steal this for my sister in law’s bridal gift. Are there wines recommended for each occasion or did you just pick them out?
Bek @ Crave says
Neat wine project! yay for cupcakes ;) What flavours did you choose?
Vanilla, chocolate, and pb cup :)
What a great gift idea! Too cute.
Elizabeth @ Southern Color says
I love the wine basket gift idea, so clever & fun! And I’m sure the bride will appreciate your gift of cupcakes, yum :)
Jentry Nielsen says
That is such a cute idea! I love it, definitely have to be using that one! Looks like her shower turned out amazing and I’m sure she loved the gift! :)
HTC Phone 2012 Christmas Deals says
I do agree with all the ideas youve presented in your post. They are really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for newbies. Could you please extend them a bit from next time Thanks for the post.
Hi I love this idea and I am actually doing this for my sister for her bridal shower and I love the idea of the “while you wait bottle” was wondering if you could email me or post the poem that goes along with this title. It is very different and I would love to include it with my basket. By the way love the way your basket came out. Great job! Thank you ahead of time.
I honestly have no idea what I wrote, haha. I literally made it up in about 5 minutes and I don’t have it saved on my computer. I’m sorry!
Sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com says
Great idea! glad you posted the links to the poems as well, i cant wait to use this someday!