Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Festive Get-Togethers

Even though Christmas and New Year’s has come and gone, I still consider this time of year to be the holiday season, at least until Valentine’s Day has passed. What can I say…I love holidays and celebrations and drag them out for as long as I can.

In my personal opinion cold weather promotes four things: eating, movie watching, sleeping in, and enjoying the regular sting of parties and gatherings on pretty much a weekly bases. The winter season is the perfect time of year to host a few fun get-togethers – it’s the perfect way to stay warm, enjoy the company of friends, socialize, and avoid the crazy crowds that may occur if you were to go out. I thought it might be fun to share a few of my favorite festive get-together; after all, what is a party or gathering without an underlying theme and a festive flare.

Side Note: Ummm…has anyone else checked out how cute and fun Paperless Post invitations are right now? Let’s not forget to mention how perfectly spot on their Christmas and New Years cards were! Incase you haven’t already guessed I am a huge fan of Paperless Post; in all honesty it is one of my ‘must have’ phone apps. I still love snail mail, but if I am hosting a gathering/party Paperless Post is my go-to for the reason that it’s fun to use, it’s easy to keep track of RSVPs, and it adds more of a personal touch than an email or a facebook invite would.

Cookie Decorating Party// If you are a regular reader of my blog you have probably already made the assumption that I am pretty girly to say the least. Decorating cookies is definitely something that is up my alley. This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe to use to pre-make a few basic cookies, then I have a few different color frosting options, along with candy and other decorative elements to add.
Mexican Fiesta// It seems like a love for tacos and Mexican food is a pretty universal factor among Americans right now. Why have tacos on Tuesday when you can have them everyday of the week if you so desired? For a Mexican Fiesta I think it is fun to do a taco station/bar buffet style and have the usual favorite taco toppings in individual bowls out and ready to go.
Classic Hollywood// There are so many directions you could go with this theme especially with awards season coming up. Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn are a couple of my all time favorite actors and fashion icons so this by far one of my most themes. For this one I usually play a black and white movie, set the table in a black, white, red, and gold theme, have little black bows {meant to look like bow ties} tied around the stem of the wine glasses, and sprinkle a few gold stars on the table top just for fun.
Blind Wine Tasting & Cheese Party// What would Wine be without cheese? Ask each guest to bring a bottle of wine with them – once the guests arrive assign their bottle of wine a number {each bottle gets a different number} and place the bottle in a brown paper lunch bag.  Then give each guest a piece a paper and pen so they can rank each bottle as they try the different ones throughout the night. At the end of the party tally the results and have a reward for the person who bought the best bottle of wine.
Craft Party// Sorry not sorry, I never outgrew my love for crafts, there is just something therapeutic about get lost in something you are creating. After all, there is a reason why adult coloring books sales are doing so well. For this party it is always fun to get carry out from a restaurant, sit around the table with a few friends, sip on some wine, catch up, and create something. Mason Jar projects, bracelets, wreathe making, painting, and holiday theme crafts are just a few that come to mind for this type of gathering.

What Are Some Of Your Favorite Festive Get-Togethers To Host?