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Everything You Need to Host a Hometown Wine Wednesday!


Thanksgiving is tomorrow, making today is the proverbial calm before the storm. The storm of prying questions, noisy little cousins, too much stuffing and never enough booze, that is. Before you preemptively slip into a stress coma, may I suggest you round up all your hometown friends for a festive and fun Wine Wednesday?

Sure, I know you and your college friends probably have this weekly tradition on lock — you know who’s turn it is to bring the Cupcake Chardonnay and who to invite for the best gossip. But now’s the perfect time to take advantage of the fact that your old BFFs are all back in town and likely looking for something to do the night before Thanksgiving. Shoot out a mass text, tell everyone to mentally gather their best college stories to share, and inspire yourself with our favorite Wine Wednesday must-haves…

1. The Wine…Duh! Since this is the season of twinkle lights and cozy sweaters, consider popping a couple bottles of prosecco instead of your standard go-to wine. Unlike champagne, you can easily find a decent bottle of prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) at your local liquor store for around $10. It tastes and looks the same as the expensive stuff, but without the grown-up price tag.

2. Turn it into a boozy movie and PJ party. When was the last time you had a middle-school era pajama party? Tell everyone to don their comfiest sweat pants and oversize fraternity tees, no need for real clothes at this party. Download a classic chick flick like My Best Friend’s Wedding, Love Actually or Clueless — then invite me over to hang.

3. Break out the nail polish. Get your nails looking fine for Thanksgiving with one of your favorite hues. Or check out ours — Julep has some luxurious colors available on QVC for winter that evoke shades of wine — from a shimmer gold to a deep burgundy. Whether you’re partial to pinot or crazy for cabernet, there’s a color for you!

4. No presents, no tacky holiday sweaters, no pot luck…just friends. Things are going to get crazy enough as we wind our way closer to Christmas. Forgo the “Wear your tackiest sweater!” mandates and don’t force people to dig up last minute grab bag gifts for under $10. Let your Wine Wednesday get together offer a moment of sanity before the holiday rush of December. Good friends and good conversation are enough to make this a night to remember.

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