How to Host a Summer Soirée

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Last week I invited some of my best girlfriends over to see our new place and have ourselves a little summer soirée! (Can we all agree adding “soirée” to anything makes it sound super fancy?) Our guest of honor was Notable Wines because when my friends and I get together it’s all about good conversation and even better wine!

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Any time I know I’m having friends over I tend to go a little overboard with preparations. I clean with a good three days in advance and I love making the event extra special for them. Trust me when I say every little detail is thought out and I’m pretty particular about my menu.

With that said, I have 3 Tips on How to Host a Summer Soirée I ALWAYS follow:

Tip 1. Have a theme: A theme is so helpful when planning a get-together. It can guide you in the decision making process because you’ll base everything according to your set plan.

To plan my soirée, I took inspiration straight from the wine bottles. I decided to go with a music theme since the name – Notable – ties perfectly! Easy listening music is said to enhance the chardonnay experience so I planned ahead and made a special playlist for the party with light, mellow artists from the late 50s, early 60s and current popular songs. It was the perfect backdrop for us to catch up!

Deciding the flavor of wine I wanted was actually the easiest part. Notable Wines is the first to showcase the flavor profiles right on the front label making it super simple to shop exactly what you’re looking for. I tend to get a little overwhelmed when I’m shopping the wine aisles but with the flavors highlighted on the label I was quickly able to choose citrus and fruity for my first chardonnay and buttery and vanilla for the second, so no matter my friend’s palette they had something to enjoy.

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Tip 2. Make sure your food and drink pairs well: With parties you want things to run smoothly – food and drinks included! I always think of this as one of the biggest part of the experience because people tend to remember how yummy (or not!) their food and beverages were.

I decided to choose my finger foods according to the notes on the bottle: the fruity and crisp Chardonnay paired beautifully with grapes and the oaky and buttery chardonnay was shared with a variety of tasty popcorn. I had other finger foods as well but my focus was to highlight the flavors of the wine and have it all tie together.

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Tip 3. Have a special treat (or surprise) up your sleeve: Guests love to feel catered to during parties – it’s their night out after all! So when you incorporate an unexpected gesture it makes the experience more personal.

For my surprise, I decided to have a little fun with our wine! Using the fruity and crisp chardonnay notes as a guide, I brought out peach and melon ice pops to add into our wine glasses. Can I just say what a hit this was?! My friends were literally in heaven with these boozy pops! It was so refreshing and tasty that it’s now going to be a go-to for all my summer soirees with Notable Wines! You can tell people love what they’re having when the room gets silent and they’re just enjoying their treats! As the host there’s nothing better!

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Are you hosting any soirées this summer? I’m already planning my next one using Notable Wines! It was seriously so fun incorporating the wine as a theme and seeing my friends have the best time.

Let me know below your top tips for hosting a summer party and what flavor of wine you prefer – crisp and fruity or oaky and buttery?

Thanks for reading and happy hosting!

  • Brandy Gomez-Duplessis

    I had a wonderful time! You were a great host with great taste in food, wine, and decor. I luv the frozen fruit bar tip, definitely stealing this idea! Now let’s talk wine, it was so smooth and delicious and the best part I did not get a headache. So thanks for selecting quality wine.

    • Already planning our next soirée 😉 I love it when we get together!!

  • Katie Schubert

    Looks like an awesome get together! You captured it perfectly!

    xo, Katie
    Willow and White

    • Thanks Katie! Friends + Wine always equals a good time lol

  • Looks like so much fun! Loving these photos!


    • Thanks Linda! I love a good wine night! 😉

  • I love the idea of hosting a fun girls night with wine and cheese! You’ve inspired me.

    • So glad I could inspire you! Makes me so happy!!

  • Hi Ilse, thank you for sharing your tips. It looks like you had an amazing time with your girlfriends! Congratulations on a new place!

    • Aw thanks lady! I appreciate it!

  • Thanks Vivi! We had the best time!

  • Nicole Fuentes

    Love the tips! I’m a big fan of wine and having friends over; I’ll have to find this brand next time.
    xx, Nicole

    • The wine was delish! Definitely give it a try!

  • Jennifer Kinal

    it looks like your get together was such a success!! I love that you created the peach and melon ice pops for the wine! Such a great idea!

    • It was a hit! Thanks Jennifer!

  • I am bookmarking this! These are amazing tips. It looks like it was an amazing get together. So beautiful!

    xoxo Janie

    • So happy you enjoyed Janie! Let me know how your get-together goes!