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!
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.
- I’m not a big drinker. If I reacted to chocolate like I do alcohol, I’d be a much thinner version of myself.
- I really don’t like overly sweet beverages and a lot of drinks I’ve ordered at bars in the past are really sweet.
- 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!
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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.
Here’s what I’ve learned, the easier you make this party-throwing on yourself, the more you’ll want to have parties at your house. So while you’re out at the store buying a few things anyway, just grab some Milo’s Cafe Style Teas — they’re freshly-brewed, accessible (I bought some at our local Walmart) and affordable. You can find the Milo’s Store locator to see where you can find it near you! It’s kept in the refrigerated juice section because it’s all natural. I love the Light Green Citrus which is all natural with no preservatives, no additives, and no acids, and just the right amount of sweetness. You can also choose from Sweet, Light Sweet, and Green Citrus.
The Light Green Citrus includes a blend of stevia with organic cane sugar. Perfection! And to make the tea look kind of happy hour fun, I added some fresh blackberries and mint springs.
It’s super easy to make. Simply buy some blackberries and fresh mint sprigs at the store. 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!
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!
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