My friends and I are happy hour aficionados, but sometimes it’s nice to skip the bar and have wine time in the comfort of your own home. Do ya feel me? And while I love hosting get togethers at my house, something I don’t enjoy is running around the kitchen preparing food while my guests are in the other room having fun! That’s where Harry & David come in - I’ve partnered with them to show you how to host a fab girls night in, made complete with the yummiest food and drinks from Harry & David Gourmet. It’s a new collection of gourmet fare, created for everyday entertaining with elegance and ease - so you can spend more time with your guests and less time in your kitch! Keep scrolling for all my tips on creating the perf spread.
1. Finger foods
Harry & David Gourmet lets you design an occasion that fits your budget, as products range from $10 to $400. Every girl’s night needs some nomz, but that doesn’t mean you have to splurge on a full on meal. If you’re in the mood for a more relaxed evening as opposed to a sit down dinner, make sure your spread includes delish apps your girls can nibble on throughout the night. I ordered the World-Inspired Appetizer Assortment and it did not disappoint. Wild mushroom tarts, savory spanakopita triangles, and traditional three-cheese arancini - yes plz!
2. Delish Desserts
What girls night is complete without some sweets?! Or a LOT of sweets in my case bahaha. We ate chocolate decadence cake and New York-style cheesecake paired with strawberry and apricot peach preserves. Chocolate truffles are always a good idea, and how pretty do they look sprinkled around the cake? Don’t forget to add some playfulness to the night with cheesecake pops! Eddie crashed our girls night and swooped in on those pops hard - I don’t blame him, they’re SO cute.
3. Wine Time
Have some fun and play around with wine pairings! The Deluxe Dessert Pairing comes with 3 bottles of wine that go hand in hand with sweets - the Tempranillo dessert wine went perf with the chocolatey flavors, and the Reisling and cheesecake were a match made in heaven- as were the Pinot Noir and truffles.
My girls Heather & Clarice checkin’ out the spread.
Fresh florals are a necessity for any gathering. No need to go to a florist, I arranged this fall inspired bouquet with supermarket flowers! Protea, burgundy coxcomb, corn flower, green amaranthus, and silver dollar eucalyptus always go lovely together. Pro tip - whatever florals you end up getting, cut off a few small blooms and place them on your desserts for an added touch of pretty. It’s all in the details!
5. Set the Mood
Candles have a way of making everything seem special. Get fancy with it! Bust out your candlesticks and long tapered candles for magical lighting. Burn some incense, display your crystals, get a good playlist going on your speakers, and make sure there’s lots of cozy places to plop down and relax. Floor pillows, throw blankets, and sheepskin rugs always bring the snug vibes.
And there you have it! I can’t recommend these yummy eats enough, the girls and I (and Eddie that cute party crasher) devoured them all up. Whether it’s a side dish, dessert or an entire spread, Harry & David Gourmet seriously has everything you need for hosting an amaze get together. There’s over 200 products currently in the collection too, so you’re sure to find the perf dish to enjoy with your guests. Cheers and happy hosting!
This post was sponsored by Harry & David, all opinions expressed are my own - as always!