How to Host a Happy Hour at Home

All you need is a good drink or two to share with friends, some music playing in the background, and  an appetizer or two and you’ve got the perfect ingredients to Host a Happy Hour at Home!

Three glasses of blackberry mint tea sits in front of a container of tea, with blackberries and mint sprigs around it.

I have friends who like to get together for Happy Hour every now and then. There’s usually a cocktail or two ordered, some tea, or maybe even a soda. Me? I almost always order club soda or maybe a cranberry cocktail. There’s two reasons for this. OK. Maybe three.

  1. I’m not a big drinker. If I reacted to chocolate like I do alcohol, I’d be a much thinner version of myself.
  2. I really don’t like overly sweet beverages and a lot of drinks I’ve ordered at bars in the past are really sweet.
  3. Have you seen the prices of  cocktails at bars? Sheesh!

So, that’s why I decided to share these tips on How to Host a Happy Hour at Home. All you need are a few good finger foods, a couple of beverages, some great music in the background and a few good friends!

Looking down on a bottle of tea, with a glass of tea beside it, and greens and a pink flour.
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How to Host a Happy Hour at Home

Let’s start with beverages. I like to have a couple of different wines on hand and at least one cocktail and one non-alcoholic beverage. Also, friends oftentimes will bring a bottle of wine or cocktails to share too. I encourage that because  it’s fun trying different wines/cocktails that others bring.

One of my favorite cocktails to share is a simple, but tasty Hibiscus Margaritas. It fits my criteria of being low sugar and with the fruity hibiscus, it’s also healthy too!

I like to have an easy, but fun non-alcoholic beverage too, and tea is my go-to favorite. Here’s why: I love tea. 🙂

But also, when you’re hosting a gathering you can spend a lot of time getting ready and a lot of money buying ingredients. Finding a quality tea you can buy is so helpful.

A hand reaches in to grab a glass of tea with blackberries and mint sprigs.

Have a couple of pitchers, fill them both with water and add a couple of green tea bags in one and some black tea bags in another. That way your guests will have some options.

Make sure to have some fresh blackberries and fresh mint sprigs on-hand. I actually grow fresh mint in my herb garden. You can too! Mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow, and, in fact, it can take over like a weed so I’m usually careful to keep it in a container. That means all summer long I can step outside to grab a sprig or two of mint to add to my daily tea. LOVE!

Place the blackberries in a small dish next to the tea. Then place the mint in a little vase next to the blackberries. I also love sharing an assortment of glasses for my tea-drinking friends. These Ball jar glasses are all in different sizes and styles. So festive!

This is just another way of keeping things simple, so you can enjoy the party just as much as your guests!

A closeup of two glasses of iced tea infused with blackberries and mint sprigs.

Of course you’ll also want to have some appetizers when you’re ready to host a happy hour at home!  My tip is to keep these appetizers simple too. Here are some of my favorite easy vegan dips that you can make super quickly and be enjoying drinks and food with your friends in no time!

A serving dish full of vegan taco dip is topped with chopped tomatoes and surrounded by tortilla chips.

Easy Vegan Taco Dip:

Looking down on a plate full of vegan loaded nachos, topped with sliced avocados, chopped jalapeños, and more.

Vegan Loaded Nachos

A bowl of rich and creamy vegan queso dip with a spoon it it. It is topped with chopped cilantro and surrounded by tortilla chips.

Easy Vegan Queso Dip

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4 Responses to How to Host a Happy Hour at Home

    • Thanks, so glad you like it Roxana! Home happy hours are so much fun. Hope you and your family are doing well! xoxoxo!

  1. I love this idea! And really, getting together at home is so much more fun and relaxing. I need to look for Milo’s! I’ve never seen it before!

    • Thanks, Caroline. It’s fun seeing each other’s places too. Sometimes with friends you just go out so much, it’s nice to change things up a bit. And it saves a lot of money too! 🙂


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