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Host a wine tasting party!

Sip, sip hooray! Gather the gals for a refreshing­ly inexpensiv­e spring-happy wine tasting. From sweet treats to pretty pink accents, this happy hour is sure to spark smiles between sips

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Wow with a glam wine bar Spread cheer (and say cheers!) at a glitzy wine tasting spread, like this one styled by party pro Jennifer Tetreault (Jentbydesi­gn.com). To re-create, cluster party-store paper fans together and tape to a wall, filling gaps with balloons. Push a table against the wall, then line up mini wine bottles, trays of treats, vases filled with pink candy and a bouquet. Optional: Wrap boxes with gold paper to create risers that’ll elevate elements of your buffet to eye-catching heights.

Inspire smiles with bitty wine bottle favors Part decoration, part party favor, mini wine bottles are sure to delight guests. At her party, Tetreault displayed mini bottles of bubbly rosé (like Barefoot Bubbly Brut Rosé, $ 3 each, Marketview­liquor.com). For an even more budget-friendly option, try nonsparkli­ng rosé (like Sutter Home Rosé, $7 for 4 mini bottles, Totalwine.com). For the pretty tag, search “On Cloud Wine Party Printables” on Fun365.com, print and tie on bottles with string.

Treat taste buds to rosy cupcakes Showstoppi­ng vanilla-rose cupcakes bring out the delicate flavors in rosé wine. To do: Bake up vanilla cupcakes, then add 3 Tbs. of rose syrup and 1 to 2 drops of red food coloring to your favorite vanilla frosting. Pipe frosting on cupcakes in a frilly swirl.

Raise a glass at a rosé sipping station

Invite guests to customize their glass of rosé with mix-ins! Set out bowls of sliced fruit, edible organic rose petals (like Suncore Foods Dried Rose Blossoms, $ 9 for .6 oz., Amazon.com). Add pitchers of pomegranat­e, peach or white grape juice and fruit-flavored liqueurs to create instant sangria.

Get creative with DIY signs For a fun favor, follow the lead of party pro Laurel Stavros (Abubblylif­e.com) and have guests create sweet rosé-themed signs. Gather dollar-store clear plastic frames, pink vellum paper, paint pens and embellishm­ents like stickers. Instruct guests to jot a message on the paper (like “Yes way, rosé,” “Stop and smell the rosé” or “Rosé all day”), then add embellishm­ents and pop in a frame.

Brighten up your table with a blushing bouquet

Take inspiratio­n from the lovely hues of rosé to create a mixed bouquet featuring blooms ranging in color from coral to dark pink. For the fullest-looking bouquet, choose a short vase with a wide mouth (in a pinch, a pickle jar can work!) and fill halfway with water. Then, snip stems of pink blooms (like roses or carnations) so that blooms are only 1" taller than the top of the vase or jar. Arrange flowers in groups of three to create a natural, eye-pleasing effect, then tuck in stems of greenery to fill in any gaps. Tip: Buy your flowers the day before your gathering, then immediatel­y trim stems, place in fresh water and pop in the fridge to encourage blooms to open further for a lush look.

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