It’s September, and we’re in full swing when it comes to school board meetings, functions, and fundraising. Getting together with parents and other school or community figures for a Happy Hour is a great way to get to know each other, and show your appreciation for their involvement and support! AND, throwing together a quick happy hour is a lot easier than it sounds if you follow these simple tips.
Don’t overthink it.
The key to a great happy hour is a relaxed setting, so don’t worry about it being a big production. Throw on some light music, clear some space for easy mingling, and keep all the food and beverages confined to a single table or counter top, ready for guests to self-serve.
Stick to one or two appetizers
No one will come expecting to fill up or be served a proper meal, so a charcuterie plate with some crackers and cheese, or heating some quick bites in the oven should be plenty. A veggie plate with a hummus dip is another good option, and is vegetarian and gluten sensitivity friendly!
Keep the beverage options simple
A white wine with a fresh acidity is pretty food friendly when it comes to most appetizer options. A dry Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc is a good choice. Cheesy or buttery foods may favor a Chardonnay, and if your apps are particularly salty, a sparkling wine is a great option. A Pinot Noir is a good option if you’ve got any red-lovers, and of course, sparkling water, iced tea, or lemonade are great non-alcoholic options to have on hand.
Finally, although hosting can get hectic, try not to get tied up in clearing plates or serving – you’re ultimately there to get to know your guests or commiserate with friends. Join in! Dishes can wait.