For my BFF's bridal shower, I wanted to give her something practical, unique, and full of personality. I can't claim this gift idea as my own, afterall, just browse Pinterest and you'll be amazed at the amount of results. Wine Basket Wedding Gift. Milestone Wine Basket. Basket of Firsts. Bridal Shower Wine Poem Basket. Whatever you call it, it's just plain awesome. I pulled most of my inspiration for this "All of Your Firsts" basket from My Chic Life and Amazing Bridal Showers.
Since the original idea wasn't entirely my own, I had to be sure to change things up a bit. I'm definitely not a poet, but I can force a rhyme so I went to work on all of my tags. Starting with the gift sign -- "Quenching your thirst through all of your firsts!" I then jotted down ideas for the various firsts a married couple will experience. After settling on a couple, I sought out different wines to pair up with the tag ideas.. that was actually the most fun! It was like a scavenger hunt at our wine and spirits shoppe.
WEDDING NIGHT -- Champagne
The day you've been waiting for has come to an end,
And now you're married to your very best friend!
This night is meant for you both to share.
Christine and Henry -- the perfect pair.
FIRST BEACH TRIP -- The Beach House
The sun is glistening over the sea,
It's certainly no place for a cup of tea.
Tan under the sun with a glass of this wine,
The walk on the beach and forget the time.
FIRST FIGHT -- Clean Slate
When you're angry and mad, tempers may flare.
You need it to end, right then and there.
Open this bottle and make amends,
Then see how quickly the argument ends.
Toast to each other and make up with a kiss,
The very best way to settle all this.
FIRST ANNIVERSARY -- Simply Naked
Been married a year, where did the time go?
No longer newlyweds, now you are pros.
Your first toast to this date, it's certainly not the last.
And as you build your future, don't ever forget the past.
FIRST NEW YEAR'S EVE -- C'est La Vie
A time to celebrate the end of a year,
A bottle of wine to share, right here.
Toast your future, your present, and to the past.
Your live is something that is meant to last!
FIRST VALENTINE'S DAY -- Ooh La La
Cupid saw Henry and shot an arrow through his heart.
He then found CJ and now you won't find them apart.
Toast to the day of candy, love, and kisses,
To Mr. Swartz and now to his Mrs.!
You can download the MS Word version here so you can personalize it for the bride and groom! When you're ready, print and cut the strips apart. You can punch holes and hang each tag from the bottleneck with ribbon. It's just a matter of personal taste but I'm not a fan of the messy ribbons and such in gift baskets. To keep things minimally invasive, I used double sided tape and affixed the strips to the back of each bottle.
And that is that! To stabilize the bottles, shove in some dish towels / napkins / sponges / etc (something useful). I used a turquoise and lemon color scheme for the basket fillers to match the personalized Pick Your Plum cutting board.
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