Do you know what is the best part about hosting a holiday party? The fact that you don’t actually have to host the party on the actual holiday. The holiday season which in my opinion runs from the 2nd week of November until the 1st week of January is a time to party. You don’t have to invite friends and family over on the exact day or evening of the holiday. For example you can get a little festive and have friends over for a pre-Thanksgiving Day bash. You know before you put up the holiday lights and decorations you can have a fun evening of light food and flare with some bedazzling lights and balloons decorating your home. You don’t have to go all out with a huge spread. A nice table of appetizers and some type of hot dish accompanied by some good drinks and music will create an intimate setting for all to enjoy.
This past weekend we hosted one of those pre-holiday parties at our home. We invited some close friends with their children that way our children were able to participate in the festivities as well. The preparation was pretty easy going. I sent my husband to the market the day before to get chicken wings, cheese and crackers, chips and dips, celery and carrot sticks, some salads, and of course a cheesecake. I was in charge of getting some champagne (sparkling wine), balloons, lights, and healthy drinks for the kids. I had the balloons already from a previous events and found some really cool globe string lights
By the time he got home with the supplies, my daughter and I had already hung up the balloons and the lights, and put one bottle of champagne in the fridge and one in the freezer (Remember that part for later in the story). My daughter was getting super excited about the party while my son was busy playing video games. She helped me write the names of our guests on champagne flutes with erasable marker.
I thought this was a great idea to identify drinking glasses and make our guests feel special. In the past, the wine charms never worked for me. I would always forget what color of the wine charm I had and would end up getting a new glass every time. While my husband started on his signature hot wings my daughter and I cut up the vegetables, sliced the cheese, and arranged everything neatly on platters. While the chicken wings were cooking my husband went to work on his signature French onion chip dip.
Before long the guests arrived, the music was playing, and oh yah that champagne was still in the freezer. Word of advice: DO NOT leave champagne to chill in the freezer for too long. When I went into the freezer to get some ice I noticed the champagne bottle had exploded. The damage was minimal but the sight of the frozen champagne oozing out of the bottle was hilarious. My guests and I got a bit of a laugh out of it but weren’t too concerned since there was another bottle chilling in the fridge. After having a champagne toast we put on the tunes and while the kids watched a movie in the living room we enjoyed some wonderful conversation. I have to tell you there is nothing like a pre-holiday soiree with good friends and good food to lift your spirits. The only negative parts are that the party has to end sometime and then there are all those dishes. We are already looking forward to the next holiday season party with friends and family.
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