All Night Happy Hour


This post is sponsored by Serve from American Express. Sign up for Serve and receive $10 credit towards your first use. Comment below within the next 7 days for your chance to win an extra $100 credit to your account!

This past weekend, I had the incredible opportunity to take my friends (in this case, friends+family) out on the town! My cousin came into Grand Rapids to celebrate her birthday, my awesome neighbor took the kids for the night! I do believe there were skidmarks in the driveway as the hubs and I drove away to meet my cousins at the downtown hotel we’d be crashing at later. We slapped ourselves with a pretty-stick, got our swanky on (with comfy, yet adorable boots of course) and walked over the river & through the snowy night to our first destination: Reserve. A wine bar, perfect to get the festivities started. 
My cousin Toni & I typically spend time together at our family cottage on Lake Michigan. There, we share lots of laughs & really good food with an awesome group of people we are blessed to call family. We are lucky; our side of the family is not only fun to be around, but full of great chefs… I do believe my ability to cook comes from the genes on the Tobey side of my family — with a dash of inspiration from Paula Deen & Alton Brown of course. During our family gatherings at the cottage, we enjoy potluck-type meals full of various, drool-inducing dishes. So on our night out, we celebrated in a similar way, sampling a few different wines, brandy, bourbon, beer, as well as some incredible food — and we shared everything! From the prosciutto, pork belly & stilton (oh my!) at Reserve to the crack-fries at Stella’s & HopCat (they were so good, we needed them “loaded” at the HopCat).  
The best part? The entire night was covered by my Serve card from American Express!!! We even met up with friends later in the evening who easily opened Serve accounts as well, and they were able to join in on the nosh-fest at the HopCat (trust me, we got much more than loaded crack-fries at the end of the night). It felt so good to treat my friends for a change instead of dealing with the awkwardness of figuring out who owed who at the end of the night. We’ve all been there, and let’s face it, by the end of an all-night happy-hour, no one knows what’s going on… especially when you’re stumbling walking everywhere!
I did have a few concerns about the ease of use. Wrapping my brain around the process was a little tough for me — I’m much better at learning through experience, not always by reading directions. I also worried if my AMEX Serve card would be accepted everywhere we went. It wasn’t an issue. My Serve card was never even questioned. We split the bill, and I was able to transfer the money each of my friends/family spent from my smartphone, within seconds. My nose wasn’t in my iPhone for a year figuring it out! My hair remained on my head! All I needed to do was punch in each of my friends’ email addresses (that they used to set up their Serve account) and the money was transfered into their Serve accounts immediately. Serve was so safe, secure & user-friendly, I have a feeling I will never look back. No more checks, awkward IOUs between friends and family — just ease. I highly recommend you open a Serve account and enjoy simple features like split-the-bill, send money, pizza-party and quick-pay — which you could use to pay your babysitter! 

If you sign up for a free Serve account today, you will receive $10 credit towards your first use! Comment below with your contact information within the next 7 days for your chance to win an extra $100 credit to your account! Official sweepstakes rules and regulations may be found by clicking here.

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14 Comments

  1. Michelle Novi
    Posted December 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a fun night out with friends!

  2. Posted December 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    It was, Michelle! Good luck to you in this $100 Serve credit giveaway! Maybe you can enjoy a fun night out too!

  3. Posted December 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I love happy hour! 🙂 I’ve signed up! Thanks for the giveaway!

    hehehetwo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Posted December 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    No problem, Gee!! Pass it on… CHEERS!

  5. Posted December 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Happy Hour sounds great….at my age(67) anything later is too late. Kelli, I love your blog.

  6. Posted December 24, 2011 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    i have an account
    thepryfamily@gmail.com
    anna pry

  7. Posted December 27, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    I have a Serve account, but I haven’t tried the payments-between-users features. I think I need a girls’ night out to give it a shot! 🙂

  8. Posted December 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I signed up under rjs682 at yahoo dot com.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Posted December 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I signed up, ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  10. Posted December 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like Serve.com will let me dump Paypal once and for all! Thanks for the tip.

  11. Posted December 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I have an acct with Serve.
    The acct is under ryanac32 at yahoo dot com
    THANKS!

  12. Posted December 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Great post and very excited about serve! I’m all signed up!

  13. Posted December 29, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    I signed up with beeacutie2@gmail.com 🙂

  14. Posted January 6, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Michelle Novi — You have been chosen!! Serve picked you as the winner, but I have NO way to reach you. Please email me at mommaneedsabeer {at} gmail {dot} com for the info you need to collect your prize within 48hrs or someone else will be chosen.

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