Gather With Friends and Family this Holiday Season
Depending on the type of hostess you are, holiday entertaining can either be a daunting task or one filled with joy and anticipation. For me, it is usually the latter, and I’ve learned a few tricks in my years as a hostess that help make an evening filled with laughter, food and cheer.
This year, try a themed party:
1. How well do you know your spouse:
My friend hosted a couples party last year and it was a lot of fun. Invite five or six couples and ask each to bring a gift to share that is couple-related for a gift exchange. Prior to opening gifts, prepare some fun questions ala the Newlywed Game to see how well couples know each other.
2. Bring your favorite dessert along with its recipe:
This is an eat-dinner-at-home-and-come-for-dessert party! We usually invite guests to arrive around 8:00 pm for a glass of port wine and dessert. Each couple brings their favorite dessert along with its recipe and the origin of the dessert. It is a festive evening, and not short on sweets! And you leave the party with several proven dessert recipes.
3. Pay it forward get-together:
Each guest/couple puts $20 (or a previously decided upon amount) into a kitty along with ideas on a worthy recipient for the cash. In the course of the evening, guests vote or decide on the best cause, and the person with the “winning” recipient gets to deliver the money along with a card that urges them to “Pay it Forward.”
4. Ugly sweater and white elephant gift:
People love showing up at parties gussied up in their worst holiday gear complete with a beautifully wrapped white elephant gift. For some reason (I really don’t understand it) the best parties are often the ones where we work hard to give the most unattractive gift while dressed in the tackiest outfit! Go figure!
5. Bring an ornament gift-exchange:
I love this one, and I have received some absolutely beautiful ornaments during these get-togethers. It is a great way to highlight the season and bring a little formality to the gathering.