This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Riondo Prosecco. All opinions are 100% mine.
I can’t believe summer is coming to a close. I’m sad to see summer go; but, happy for fall’s arrival because I’ve missed the cold weather. I work from my home office and when I’m done for the day, I sometimes meet up with friends at a restaurant or pub for happy hour. However, every once in a while, I prefer to host my own. I’ve enjoyed many at-home happy hours this summer. I like to entertain guests out on the deck or spend time alone in the living room with a remote in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. Having happy hour at home is a simple way to welcome people to your home or if you want to unwind alone. Here are four easy steps in creating a great at-home happy hour!
1. Serve Bite-Sized Food
I’m all about simplicity. After a long day at work, I don’t want to make more work for myself such as creating meals and dishes that would take an hour to make. I’m too tired for that and I don’t want to break too much of a sweat in this summer heat. So, I focus on things I can put together quickly, like bite-sized food that doesn’t require utensils like grapes, strawberries, cured meat, and crackers and cheese to accompany it.
2. Great Wine
You can’t enjoy good food without a good beverage and there’s nothing like sipping on a glass of sparkling white wine to cool down on a hot summer day. This Riondo Prosecco is the perfect wine to enjoy at home after work or with friends on the patio. If you’re not familiar with Prosecco, let me break it down for you. Prosecco is a white sparkling wine from Italy. Like Champagne, the name Prosecco refers to a specific region and grape – in this case, glera grapes grown in the north-east Veneto region of Italy. Prosecco has taken off recently among consumers due to its approachable style – it is usually light, fruity, with some sweetness.
We don’t drink a lot of Prosecco in my house but Riondo Prosecco is starting to become my new go-to summertime beverage. It’s an authentic Italian import with an approachable price point and the perfect beverage for an at-home happy hour, either with friends or alone.
It’s called “happy hour” for a reason. Whether you’re celebrating at home alone or with guests, it should be fun and stress-free. I like to keep things simple. I would create a relaxed atmosphere by laying out food and wine on a coffee table (or out on the deck if it’s not too hot). When I invite friends, we would gather around the couch, so everyone can engage in conversation together.
If you’re inviting guests to your own happy hour, be sure to host it before dinner time. I’m usually done with work by 5pm so anytime between 5:30pm-7pm is the perfect time to have it just in case you or your guests have other dinner plans.
Happy hour at home is again all about simplicity. Good food, good wine, and good conversation is truly all you need to make it a success.