How To Make All Your Summer Parties a Family Affair

Group of women enjoying cocktails and appetizers in the backyard of a Hamptons estate.

Joey Wölffer Shares Her Family Values

by The Culinistas

We love hosting with Joey Wölffer, a power mom who blends business and family.  When one of the foremost Long Island vintners shares your moniker, hosting with friends and family is core. We’ve racked up some tips for making your parties this summer a family affair.

Sangria & Sans-Sangria

Is there a more adult juice box scenario than sangria? We think not. Throw together pitchers of both red & white sangrias, with tons of macerated fruit (we prefer diced apples & oranges for red; peaches & strawberries for white), and maybe even a splash of something a little stronger.

For the kids, make a sans-sangria.  Replace the wine with a light, fresh juice -strawberry or watermelon are ideal.  Let kids help cut up the fruit. It’s a great way to take something off your plate, while keeping them happy and busy.  The most important thing to remember? Make sure to label which pitchers are sangria and which are sans…

Finger Foods

Facilitate communication and mobility at your party with finger foods.  Having small, portable bites allows people to mingle. Bite-sized nibbles are also great for kids since they’ll be eating with their hands anyway.

Seating Setup

A family affair calls for lowkey vibes. Set up an array of casual seating, from large pillows on the grass to lounge chairs by the pool.  By spreading seating throughout your space, guests will feel encouraged to explore. Kids won’t be bored!

Floral Fun

Source beautiful florals from your favorite local florist.  Here in the city, we love Emily Thompson Flowers for the most charming and unique arrangements.  In the Hamptons, we’re a huge fan of Missi Flowers for organic herbs and edible flowers, as well as stunning arrangements; in Aspen, we swoon over Aspen Branch for bold elegants.

Bring the kids to the florist and involve them in the selection process.  They’ll be captivated by the bright colors and intricate styles every flower has to offer, plus will feel proud of themselves for helping out with the process.

A special thanks to Sylvie Rosokoff for the beautiful photograph.