Easy DIY Ring Toss Tutorial

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I love going to parties and weddings that have old fashioned backyard games as a form of entertainment. So for the recently featured “Prime Wine Party” I made two wine bottle ring toss sets for guests to play with when they were hanging out. These are great because they are easy to make, cheap, and I can reuse them for future parties! Also, I can switch the bottles out for other things so that I am not strictly stuck with a wine theme. For example, I could do soda bottles and paint them a bright color for a kids party, or champagne bottles and glitter for a New Years Eve party. I just happened to have a lot of bottles of cheap wine…. but empty bottles would have worked as well.

What you will need:

-Small wood crate (One for every Ring Toss Set. They sell them at Michael’s for approx.. $5-$7)

-Paint Brush or Foam Paint Brush

-Black Paint

-Paint Color of your choice for crates (I mixed white and an off white/tan color to combine for a vintage look)

-Letter Stencils (Font of choice, w/tape to hold stencils in place)

-Sand Paper

-Crochet Yarn (Whatever color you want the rings to be)

-3 Plastic Crochet Hoops/Purse Handles (Michael’s & Joann’s sell these)

-Hot glue gun

-5 bottles per crate (This can be any type of bottle and you can use your creative freedom to decorate them if you want. I just used two buck chuck wine bottles)

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Place crates on newspapers and set up your station.
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Paint the edges and borders of box in black. (After sanding the black will come through and make the boxes look shabby cute)
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Choose your desired paint color.
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Paint crates at least 2 times. (I painted twice)
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Tape the stencils to wood, then paint. IMG_0486

Wait a few minutes before removing stencil to ensure you don’t dra any excess paint and smear the letters. IMG_0487

Grab some sand paper and begin sanding all the edges (that you previously painted black). Also sand the words “Ring Toss.”

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Tie the crochet yarn to the rings.
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Tightly wrap yarn around rings. IMG_0522

Tie off strings and then use your hot glue gun to secure the knots to the rings (Which I haven’t done yet in this photo).
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All done and at the party.

Prime Wine Birthday Party

IMG_4927After having my baby I would be up at all hours of the night needing to feed her. Those middle of the night feedings became what I like to call “Pinterest Time” or “Sleep Pinning.” One of those nights I came across an idea for a wine tasting party and I got so excited! Something that Pinterest is great at is making you want to throw fabulous parties! I sent a text to my good friend Heather who later sent a text to our other good friend Diana and before we knew it we were planning a wine tasting party just for fun! We later realized that the three of our birthdays were not only coming up but were weeks apart from each other. We decided to combine our excitement for the wine tasting party and our birthdays to create the “Prime Wine Party.” (Note: We describe our age and time of life as “Our Prime”. See http://sweetlylemon.com/2013/07/19/30-not-so-dirty-or-flirty/ )

Throwing a party with friends is such a great idea because you can combine your creative strengths, and it is more cost effective and manageable. The party was such a success we know it won’t be the last!

IMG_4965Heather, Diana & I

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View More: http://dianarush.pass.us/prime-birthday-partyPhoto courtesy of http://www.dianarush.com/

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IMG_4777The glasses needed two coats of chalkboard paint on the top and bottom. Note that if using chalkboard pens instead of plain chalk the writing dosen’t fully come off!

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IMG_4800The “White Table” featured appetizers that can be best paired with white wines.

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IMG_4810The White Table Appetizers:

Caprese Salad Skewers, Gorgonzola Bruschetta, Prosciutto w/ Cantaloupe Bacon Wrapped Dates, Veggie Plate, GF Pasta Salad, Grilled Chicken & Steak Skewers, Fruit Tray (Apples, pears, grapes, strawberries, cherries), and an olive bar.

IMG_4809The “RedTable” featured appetizers that can be best paired with red wines.

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IMG_4807The Red Table Appetizers:

Grapes, dried apricots, dried dates, walnuts, jams, wide variety of crackers and toasts, variety of dried meats and over 10 different kinds of cheeses.

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IMG_4791The Sweets Table:

This table featured dessert or “Sweet” wines/champagnes, as well as dessert: GF Cupcakes, Strawberries and Vegan Buttercream Dip, Variety of Unique Dark Chocolates, Lemon Macaroons, GF Cookies, Susie Cake Cupcakes, caramels, and salted caramel brownie bites (Click for Recipe)

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IMG_4763Wine bottle ring toss gave the guests something to play with during the night.

Easy Homemade Ring Toss Tutorial: Click Here

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IMG_4962We provided a basket of supplies to make S’mores and some of our guests got really creative with it! For example someone made a S’more with graham crackers, Brie Cheese, and Sea Salt Dark Chocolate.

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IMG_4918At the end of the night there were lots of empty bottles and left over wine! We provided about 6 bottles of red, white, and sweet wines and then asked the guests to bring a bottle to share in lieu of gifts and there was such a variety!