We live right next to a park, and since we’ve moved into our new apartment I’ve thought, “we should definitely plan a picnic this summer.” So I wanted to get some things together for a cute little happy hour picnic date… and then I thought about San Francisco’s major wind blowing everything over, keeping drinks cold, logistics, etc…
Enter an indoor picnic! I was like, you know what? Let’s open all the windows, put on some Leon Bridges and have this party inside. No regrets!
Our summer has been a little more stressful than others because of our move, and I wanted to slow down, enjoy a summer afternoon and savor these moments we have together. Let’s be honest, there’s no better way to have a happy hour date than with a cold Stella Artois and a cheese plate.
So let’s get into my tips for planning the perfect happy hour in your own place –
Your Besties, S/O, Pets –
Not that having a clean house to yourself isn’t something to celebrate (because it totally is), but my favorite happy hours are when I get to sneak in some quality time with Christian or catch up with my girlfriends. And that includes Lula and Bailey, obviously.
Is there anything better than a super cold beer? Christian and I have been drinking Stella Artois for years. I love a cold Stella after a long work week, and after going to Sundance with them and learning even more about their company, I love a cold Stella even more!
A quick trick I learned is if you’re trying to cool down a room temperature can: stick it in the freezer for 20 minutes. Seriously though, set a timer! Do not freeze that bad boy by mistake!
Where there are drinks, there should be bites. My go-to for hosting a get together is a cheese and charcuterie plate. When styling a cheese board, my must-haves are:
At Least Three Different Cheeses | I typically go for a sharp white cheddar, goat cheese and brie.
Nuts | My favorite are truffled almonds!
Olives | I go for blue cheese or almond stuffed.
Dried Fruit | Apricots are my pick.
Fresh Fruit | Grapes are a always a great idea as well as figs if they’re in season!
Meat | Salami or prosciutto are usually crowd pleasers.
Mustard, Preserves | To add some bite –
Crackers | Some assorted crackers are even better.
Blankets and Pillows
If you want to have an outdoor picnic or even a little floor party arrangement like we did here, blankets and pillows are key. They help create that comfortable and cozy vibe that keeps everyone lingering.
Candles, Flowers and/or Greenery
I love to light some candles and have fresh flowers or greenery. It’s not necessary but it definitely adds to the ambiance.
I love having some dominoes, a puzzle or playing cards out. You would be surprised how many fun memories we have centered around a board game. We have moved three times in six years and the drawer of board games always makes the cut! Another fun thing to have is a mini polaroid camera (how I use these mini photos here) for guests to use. A fun an easy party favor!
photos by Christian Barnes
How are you slowing down and savoring the last few weeks of summer? I’d love to hear if you are a Stella-drinker as well! And now after writing this I now feel like I need another happy hour tonight… I gotta text Christian and get this on the books.
Thank you so much for reading! Tell me some of your favorite things you like to include in a picnic or happy hour with friends! XO –
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