With International Women’s Day (and month!) right around the corner, we’re gearing up to find ways to celebrate and inspire the leading ladies in our life. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Cambria Estate Winery, a female-led and operated winery leading the way towards empowering women in their industry. From sparking meaningful conversation to serving an amazing bottle of wine, we’ll help you prep for hosting a get-together that will leave everyone feeling energized and empowered. Ready?
Tip 1: Build a group playlist of your all-time favorite feminist anthems. Good tunes can make or break the mood of a get-together, but there’s no need to play DJ all night. The best hosts do a little work up front to make sure they can join in once the good conversation starts! Before the festivities, set up a shared playlist and ask each of your attendees to add their go-to empowering female artists to the musical line-up. You’ll end the night with the knowledge of new songs and feel accomplished knowing that you all contributed to the party.
Tip 2: Invite everyone to bring a copy of a book that has impacted their year and inspired them to take action. Share and swap for good measure. With 2019 in full swing, everyone is already itching to see what challenges and wins the year can bring. Your best gals have amazing taste and will know just what to recommend to motivate one another to make a difference. Allow each friend a moment to share about their book and make the trades. Bonus points for providing each guest with a take-home goodie, like this mouth-watering english toffee!
Tip 3: Treat your ladies to a bottle from a female-operated winery. Everybody knows that the best conversations happen over a nice bottle of wine. This get-together is no exception. You’ll want to stock up on our go-tos: Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir and Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay. Don’t forget to mention to your pals that by sipping, they're also supporting a winery that recognizes and inspires female leaders. Unlike many others in the industry, Cambria Winery is women-owned and operated from top to bottom! Sounds like a win-win.
Tip 4: Serving a Pinot Noir? Pair it with this simple honey mustard chicken. This delicious dish will only take you 35 minutes to whip up and will pair well with the flavor notes in a red wine, like Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir. See our full recipe and get ready to impress your guests!
Tip 5: For a Chardonnay, whip up some smoked salmon deviled eggs. These apps are a modern twist on a classic recipe (move over, paprika!) and will complement a tropically lush white wine, like Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay. You’ll score extra kudos for serving a dish that is low-carb too! Get the full recipe.
Tip 6: Use ice breakers that will prompt purposeful discussion. When you’re surrounded by smart and interesting women, there’s no need to default to chit-chat about the weather. Help your guests skip the small talk in favor of some more stimulating dialogue by posing a few conversation starters throughout the evening:
What women inspire you and why?
What qualities make a great female leader?
How are we teaching the young girls in our lives to be strong women?
How do you want to make an impact this year?
Leave room to hear each unique perspective by separating into smaller conversations or going around the room in a group setting.
Tip 7: Most importantly: Remind your pals why you value their friendship and take time to encourage them. Use the evening as an opportunity to lift up each the women in your life for their strengths and courage. After all, your ultimate goal for the night is that everyone will leave feeling appreciated and inspired to continue to grow and lead!
Will you host a get-together for your fave ladies? Share with us on Twitter by tagging @BritandCo and @CambriaWines.
(Photos via Brittany Griffin/ Brit + Co)