I love happy hour. For me, happy hour isn’t necessarily about specials and discounts on beverages but it’s about a gathering of friends or colleagues for social hour. Yeah, that’s it. Happy hour is like social hour. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate discounts on yummy beverages at bars and restaurants (I made a happy hour guide for Chattanooga here) but it’s more about the social aspect. Hosting a happy hour at home is, in my opinion, the perfect combination delicious drinks + being with friends. Today, it’s all about a French inspired happy hour.
I’ve never been to France (sad) but I’m sure I’ll remedy that soon. In my mind, I have some fantasies about what France is like (specifically Paris, Nice and Cannes). Listen, the logical side of me is well aware that France has good qualities and some probably some bad qualities too. It’s not all croissants and champagne. Sidenote: wouldn’t that be a cool name for a website? Croissants and champagne? Someone make that happen.
OK. Back to the French inspired happy hour.
In my vivid imagination, I’m sharing tips for what I *believe* a semi-French themed happy hour at home would be like. Ready to turn up your at-home happy hour a notch?
Tips for a French inspired happy hour
I imagine the French don’t need or have time to overthink things and neither should we. Any happy hour at home should have appetizers but especially for a French happy hour – you shouldn’t overthink the apps. Find some yummy French cheese, crusty bread, some in-season fruit and have a low-maintenance charcuterie board or a DIY crostini tray. Either way, it’s pretty hands-off.
You absolutely cannot have a French inspired happy hour without wine. If your budget is a little tight, don’t worry – there’s no need to break the bank. You can easily find a few tasty and inexpensive French wines. Try a yummy rosé or a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Flowers add an extra element of elegance for any party at home. Again, fresh flowers don’t mean you need to spend lots of money. You can easily run to your local grocery store and make some store-bought flowers look like a million bucks. Hydrangeas, baby’s breath or even sunflowers could work just fine.
For more tips on throwing a killer French inspired happy hour, visit Eat.Drink.Frolic.
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