Do you love entertaining? I do! I love all of the planning that goes into a party. I really enjoy making out the guest list, planning the menu, decorating the house, choosing the music, deciding on the entertainment and shopping for my outfit.
Every party consists of three key ingredients; Fabulous Food, Toe Tapping Tunes and Exciting Entertainment. People will talk about your party for weeks if you serve them good food, give them an opportunity to engage in enjoyable conversations and laugh until their face hurts.
One other key ingredient to a great party is arranging conversation areas for your guests. We try to make sure there are plenty of sitting areas for our guests; the game room usually has a movie rolling or a game on. The sitting area in the kitchen usually draws the talkative crowd, the living room is the comfy spot where our friends snuggle up in front of the fireplace and then there is the back yard where our more gregarious friends always seem to gather…it must be the refreshing country air and the starry sky that gets them every time.
We are hosting three very different parties this Christmas Season. So I have been scanning Pinterest for ideas that will work for all of our gatherings.
This year the menu theme will be Spanish Style Tapas…delicious little bites.
Spotify and Pandora are helping me with my party play lists…
As for the entertainment…There will be plenty of opportunities for “pee in your pants” laughter as people get their photo booth face on and join in the reindeer games.
The photo booth will be located on the back porch. The Hubs has come up with his own idea for hanging the sliding backdrops…there are silly props; lighted reindeer ears, crazy eye glasses, Santa hats, mustaches on a stick, boas and tiaras. There are assorted hats; cowboy and fedoras, musical instruments, oversized picture frames and giant letters…anything and everything we can think of that would add texture to the photos.
The fun doesn’t stop there…In years past we have played board games, Texas hold em, Who Am I? and Dirty Santa. This year’s Reindeer Games will be…”Minute 2 Win It:” games!!! If you have seen the show hosted by Guy Fieri then you know what I am talking about. If not here a quick over view…All games must be completed in one minute in order to advance to the next round…The games range from stacking 3 golf balls one on top of the other, to moving a Christmas ornament across the floor to a designated spot by fanning it with a gift box. There is Face the Cookie, where you place a cookie on the contestants forehead and they have one minute to move it into their mouth by only using facial movements…Or This Blows…one balloon and 12 solo cups, the contestant has one minute to blow up the balloon and expel the air from the balloon to blow the cups off of the table. There are dozens of Minute 2 Win It games to choose from on the website.
Now you know all you need to know for Making Spirits Bright…Food, Tunes and Reindeer Games!