As I am sure it’s relatively obvious by the name of my blog, I love to host. An intimate dinner party. A kids birthday party. A work party. Doesn’t matter, I love filling my house with people, good food, wine and conversations that inspire, create laughter or even a few tears (the good kind). And when I stumbled across this company with a tagline that says “Uncork. Sip. Give Back. Repeat.” I was immediately intrigued. Enter Hope at Home.
The story goes like this. I was prepping for a 20+ person party that would take place in my house and feature some amazing colleagues at Starwood from all over the United States. I had the chefs booked. Ahhh, chef Andrew and chef Jack from Crying Onion. I have hired Crying Onion before – and blogged about it here – and they are incredibly talented, can work with your budget and uber convenient (um, yeah, I love to cook but needless to say I could never cook for 20+ people). Highly recommend!
And now, onto the drinks. Wine, obviously. And then it hit me. Hope at Home. Hmmm, I’m having a party in my home. Let me check this company out. Could I use them for my Starwood party? I sent an email and within an hour, Jocelyn had called me. Yes, called me.
- Could I purchase OneHope wine from Hope at Home for my party and create a positive impact in my local community? Yes.
- Do I get a discount on the wine I purchase for my party? Yes.
- How does the local charity impact work? 15% of the wine purchased for the party, plus wine purchased the night of the party goes back to a charity of choice.
- Can I choose the charity? Yes. I chose Bright Pink as they are a partner of Starwood’s and October is breast cancer awareness month.
- Does someone come and host and help with prep? Yes.
- Was this in my budget? Yes.
- Is the wine good? Yes.
- Would people generally like to know they are giving back to a charity just by drinking amazing wine? Yes.
- Was Jocelyn amazing? Yes and YES!
- Is Hope at Home a genius idea? Yes!
Um, yeah, sold. When I think about a simple, innovative idea tying into the art of drinking amazing wine and giving back to charities, Hope at Home nailed it. I signed up immediately, connected with my host, Heather (who was also amazing!) and basically didn’t have to worry about a thing before the party, during or after. The party was a huge success, the wine was delicious, we supported Bright Pink and I would do it again at least 100 more times. Here is the visual recap for your viewing pleasure.
This welcome cocktail was so delicious! It’s called the blushing bride and is a delicious blend of OneHope sparkling wine, grenadine and peach schnapps.
The food…ahh the food. Perfect tapas pairings for the OneHope wine.
This is heather, the Hope at Home host. She educated us on the wines, provided a great wine tasting and was super organized and responsive throughout the whole process!
And as Julia Child says, a party without cake is just a meeting. So clearly we had to have some cake! Pink cupcakes to go along with the Breast Cancer Awareness theme, of course.
The Cupcake Outtakes
Photo Credit: Kristyna Archer Photography