Happy hour is a great time to grab a drink and gab with friends. But let's face it-- mingling can mean awkward silences for some people, and conversations that fall as flat as day old champagne.
Stefne Wang from Seattle's Urban Yoga Spa noticed many folks were having a tough time connecting. "I think one of the things we're lacking in society today with our phones and social media is more community and face to face time."
So, she decided to do something about it, creating a "cocktail" of happy hour drinks served with an activity. People are really digging her latest idea. "Well, I love plants. So that's where it sort of started."
Patrons are intrigued by the idea of creating something all while sipping a drink. "I think it's cool, it's something different, it gives people something to do while they're getting to know each other a little bit," says happy hour fan John Neubel.
People order a beverage then get a primer on putting together a terrarium. This event featured the carnivorous kind. Mars Simpson, aka the Plant Whisperer and owner of Carnivorous Plants from Mars-- provided the plants.
"So, we have butterworts that are a carnivorous succulent, then we have sundews have a sticky leaf to trap insects, then this is the classic venus flytrap that everyone is familiar with. If it flies, it dies," explains Simpson.
Interesting containers, colored sand and fun accessories let people personalize their projects.
"I think having a little alcohol loosens people up and allows them to be a little bit more creative, you never know what you're gonna come up with," says Simpson.
The process of assembling the terrariums makes for easy conversation. Even if you don't know anyone, you can create connections.
"Yeah I just came by myself," says Rana Gardner. "Then at the end, by the time we were done, I met a couple people who were making things with me."
We can all raise a glass to that.
"I wasn't sure what to expect because I don't garden and I just thought it was a weird combination... but I love it," Gardner says.