HOW TO THROW A LAST MINUTE HAPPY HOUR

summer happy hour cheese plate

This post is sponsored by Bota Box. All thoughts and words are my own. 

Have you ever read the book about your love languages? If you haven’t, I’m sure you’ve at least heard the Cliff’s Notes version and that’s really all you need to know. Back in the day, I used to really have the love language for ‘gift giving’. Not the receiving of gifts, but being the person that always finds that perfect gift for loved ones at every occasion. I prided myself on being able to hunt down anything, find it and then wrap it up in a presentation that was unbeatable.

Just as seasons change, I’m finding maybe your love languages do too. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed my gift giving language has really diminished and things like ‘acts of service’ have risen higher. What’s behind this shift? Motherhood! I’ll love you forever if you help clean dishes or pick up toys or hold a baby for me! I just lack the time and energy I once had towards gifts, and as we’ve gotten older, I think experiences are starting to take precedent. Eric and I have decided we prefer date nights and Broadway shows and little weekend trips as forms of gifts. So with his birthday approaching and his current travel schedule being as crazy as it has been, I was determined to find a fun way for us to spend some time together on the one free night he’s home between trips!  

how to make a cheese plate
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As with most of my decisions these days, I waited until the last minute and almost forgot what night he was actually going to be home! So, I decided to throw together a little cozy wine and appetizer spread to start off his birthday. In my next life, I want to do nothing more than build cheese plates. Maybe that’s my new love language! Thanks to our local meat and cheese shop around the corner, I was able to whip up this spread quite quickly and thanks to Bota Box, I knew we’d be covered regarding all things wine. With only 20 minutes to put everything together before he got home, I feel like I did a pretty good job! So, I wanted to share a quick little guide to what you’d need to create your own wine and appetizer spread in a jiffy!  

A massive cheese plate or cutting board is a must. I like to start with the big stuff like placing the cheese in separate sections and then I surround them with crackers on one side. Make little stacks of dried fruit and nuts and place those around. The best part of a big cheese plate is to just keep adding things into spaces until it looks entirely full. Anytime I saw a gap, I would just throw some grapes in that direction! As long as you have a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and handfuls of varying nuts and meats to go along with the cheese, it’s easy to make it appear fancy and grand.

Next, I swiped the flowers from the dinner table and also brought along some floor pillows for something comfy to sit on. Then of course the wine, can’t forget wine! This summer I’ve been really into this portable wine trend. Not only are Bota Box wines more environmentally friendly (100% recyclable) and so easily transported, it’s also extremely delicious and high quality wine. It’s really a brilliant option in this case because, in my haste to get everything ready, I never seem to remember a bottle opener. Thankfully, with these boxes, you won’t need one. The cork free design also allows for the wine to stay fresh for up to three months, in the fridge, and that’s helpful for light weights like myself who can do about a glass or two tops!

I’m always thankful to celebrate another year with my man. We’re in a season where every day is a different adventure. Thankfully, I was able to get everything together within minutes of him arriving home and we enjoyed a perfect summer evening!