Thursday, November 12, 2009

Don't be Tardy for the Party!

Parties are a tricky venture. I have hosted a few parties in the past couple of years- from super casual dinner parties on our roof top to 60+ people for a couples showers -and the thing I find most interesting is that I put just equal amount of time and thought into both of them... OK maybe not time because I cooked the whole week leading up to that Bridal shower, but you get what I am saying... This year for Christmas I am going to be heading to Atlanta from Dallas to celebrate with my Family. In the last year most of my friends lives have changed in someway- marriage, babies, and a lot of people moving. I want to do something that brings everyone I care about close together so I am going to do a Holiday Cocktail Hour the day after Christmas. I think that a cocktail hour is such a great way of getting people together without having to go overboard. I debated what day to do it, since most of my friends do live out of town now it was tricky, but the great thing about Saturday the 26th is that Christmas is over! Everyone can relax, eat, drink, and talk about what they got and gave for Christmas! Now don't get me wrong, I love a big party but there is something about having just close friends that makes everything a little easier and more relaxed. I could exists on eating appetizers alone for the rest of my life so just having Hor'derves is no problem for me! It will start after 5 and last until we decide to move locations or the last friend leaves! Starting early gives people the chance to make other plans in the evening as well and since most of my friends live out of town (including myself!) it gives plenty of time for us to catch up! So if you want to think Big this year, go for it! But if big isn't doable this year, there are still ways to celebrate and bring your friends together!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas time is here! If you have been into your local retailer lately you have noticed that all the merchandise is out and ready for you to buy! The Dallas area stores had Partners Card last week and by the looks of the stores this week it was great! I think it is fair to say that this has been a tough year for a lot of families out there and I think that makes Christmas a little bitter-sweet this year. My take on it all is that even if times are tough let Christmas be cheerful. This is a great time to let someone else know that you appreciate them- and there doesn't have to be a large token gift- it can be as simple as a christmas card. If you have been frugal all year because you don't know what is expected to come- buy some small items to show the people you love and appreciate the most how special they are to you. The stores are full of great $10-$20 items that tell people you care! On a tight budget? Bake! I love receiving baked good at the Holiday (thanks to all my teacher friends I get lots of extra baked goods!) Presentation is everything- so hit up the Container Store and get some of those cheap cute tins and your gift is complete! I hope that people use this Holiday to let themselves be reminded of the Christmas Spirit!!

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