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How to Host an Easy, Elegant Gathering

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Needless to say, the pandemic has changed a lot about how I enjoy myself. What sticks out beyond quarantine? Host a happy hour at home. And really, there’s no better time than summer to enjoy a DIY hosting experience. When the mere thought of turning on the oven makes you sweat, it’s time to enjoy the carefree atmosphere of the season and host an impromptu happy hour with friends. With no cooking required, you can focus on assembling simple appetizers with beautiful seasonal ingredients or mixing refreshing, hassle-free cocktails.Then wrap yourself up in a breezy gauze and linen outfit provided by your partner Heaven Well Within Dive into this simple summer soiree.

Despite our best efforts, summer can sometimes drift away from us. Just like the holidays, it’s a special time of year when you want to make the most of every moment in the sun. Of course, that means going through each day with purpose, wearing summer and moving with us through the seasons. Our entire team is obsessed with Heaven Well Within Collection A collection of dresses and summer sets that help you stay cool while maintaining an effortless and elegant aesthetic. As summer gatherings begin, Haven Well Within is your one-stop entertainment shop for essentials like Mediterranean glassware, serving plates, and the finest olive oil.

Ready to see how it all fits together? These are my top tips for hosting an easy and memorable happy hour at home.

Featured Image: Organic cotton gauze dress.

How to Host a Happy Hour at Home: Upgrade Your Snacks

When it comes to refreshing summer indulgence, simple yet very tasty dishes are called for. What’s my favorite way to make it happen? dinner snacks. (Who needs a main course when you can enjoy a hearty starter?) Eating a few fancy snacks is not only delicious, it’s also a lot of fun.

I made these 3 no-prep appetizers in less than an hour. I have a feeling that it will be a reliable snack throughout the season.

Pro tip: A drizzle of Le Marche’s special olive oil at the end of each dish gives it a fresh, summery flavor.

Bitter green, citrus and prosciutto salad

A bright salad that combines radicchio, juicy oranges and thinly sliced ​​prosciutto. The green bitterness pairs perfectly with the sweet, zesty flavors of citrus. A sprinkle of salted pistachio and parmesan chunks gives it an Italian summer feel. The presentation at the end is such a feast for the senses that no one could have imagined that this would be one of his simplest summer salads.

Pro tip: Here’s how to get a gorgeous slice of citrus with the skin and pith removed.

  1. Use a sharp knife to cut off both ends of the fruit to create a flat surface.
  2. Hold the fruit upright on one of the flat ends.
  3. Carefully cut from top to bottom along the natural curve of the fruit, partially removing the skin and pith. Repeat this process around the fruit until all the skin is removed.
  4. After peeling off the skin, you should be able to see the brightly colored part of the fruit.
  5. Lay the fruit on its side and use a serrated knife to cut it into thin rings, layer it on salads and desserts, or use it to prepare light meals.

Ricotta cheese toast with figs and honey

This is one of the most beautiful toasts in my repertoire. Combining just a handful of ingredients creates a beautiful and delicious appetizer that doubles as a delicious vegetarian main course. Here’s how to make it.

Spread creamy ricotta cheese on slices of toasted baguette or sourdough. Top with sliced ​​fresh figs, a drizzle of honey, chopped mint leaves and crushed pistachios. The combination of creamy, sweet and nutty flavors creates a perfect palate, especially with a final sprinkle of le his marquee olive his oil.

Pro tip: Figs are one of those fruits that are only delicious when fully ripe. Here’s how to spot ripe figs while grocery shopping.

  • colour. Ripe figs are generally rich and deep in color. The skin should be lively and have a consistent tone. Depending on the variety, ripe figs vary in color from green to purple to brown to black.
  • texture. Lightly squeeze the figs. Ripe figs should be slightly pungent and soft to the touch. Avoid figs that are too firm or mushy, as they may be underripe or overripe.

Hummus crudité with edible flowers

I know, I know Hummus with vegetable sticks couldn’t be more basic. But this recipe proves: all at the presentation! To make this hummus platter party-worthy, we created a dramatic serving, starting with a beautiful oval marble platter. whoosh Half of the platter is served with hummus.

It was topped with colorful crudités including carrot sticks, cucumber slices, radishes and fennel. For a final summery touch, I added some edible flowers (these are chive flowers, but nasturtiums and pansies would work too). The freshness of the vegetables combined with the creamy hummus creates a delightful contrast of textures and flavors.

Pro tip: A surprising way to take your crudité to the next level is to use a mix of raw and roasted vegetables. Here, we mix raw cucumbers, marinated olives, roasted radishes, carrots and fennel for a display that looks and tastes delicious.

Pour cocktails (and mocktails) in a hassle-free mixer.

Using Sayso’s mixer kept my drinks light, fruity and hassle-free. Simply mix these sachets in a pitcher and enjoy a refreshing cocktail that captures the essence of summer. Don’t forget to offer mocktail options for those who prefer non-alcoholic drinks. I made this fun specialty drink in less than 5 minutes.

mezcal cardamom paloma

Add a few sachets of Sayso Skinny Cardamom Paloma to a large pitcher filled with water, ice, and a few drops of mezcal. Stir well and garnish with citrus slices to create a refreshing drink that conveys holiday vibes.

Rosemary Honey Mocktail Mule

For a tangy, non-alcoholic option, mix a sachet of Sayso’s Rosemary Honey Moscow Mule with sparkling water. Add ice and garnish with lemon or lime. This sparkling mocktail is perfect for refreshing on a hot summer day.

Rustic and raised table: decor inspired by nature

Let the season be your guide for a simple happy hour setup. Incorporate these elements to add a rustic, nature-inspired touch to any gathering.

Rattan-rolled glassware

Rattan-wrapped glassware brings a rustic, beachy feel to your table. This natural material complements the summer vibe and adds warmth to the overall beauty.

Linen napkins with colorful edges

Linen napkins with colorful edges wrapped around dinnerware add a pop of color to even the simplest of settings. These napkins are the perfect blend of minimalist and fun.

elevated marble serving board

Make even the simplest appetizer a hit in style with a gorgeous green marble platter. This material is both sophisticated and rustic, allowing the natural beauty of your dishes to shine through.


These no-prep appetizers and refreshing cocktails make it easy to host summer get-togethers without breaking a sweat in your kitchen. Invite a few friends over to your house, put on gauze and linen, and enjoy a carefree evening with delicious treats, refreshing bites, and beautiful conversation. cheers!

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