I maintain that having a great evening with friends doesn't require blood, sweat or tears. I think that anyone can host a party, anytime — even when the laundry's not done, even when there are dirty dishes in the sink, even when vacuuming is a faint, distant memory. Let's throw this party.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of Entertaining posts.
These posts cover all the ephemera of having people in your offbeat home.
The real problem is, I'm a bit of a sore loser so we try to find two person, non-competitive games. Do any offbeat homies have ideas on games we can try out while I work on my sportsmanship?
My husband just informed me that in a few weeks, his boss has so graciously picked our house to hold their monthly "briefing." Our two front rooms, where everyone would be for this little get together, are full of my husband's zombie and macabre paintings, and pin-ups. I don't want to make anyone feel uncomfortable or weirded out. I'm wondering if I should take some of the paintings out, get lots of flowers to distract from the gory goodness, or just let it be? How do you make such an offbeat space into a crowd-friendly one?
I am all for elaborate, well-planned bashes, but sometimes ain't nobody got the time for that. With the holiday season in full swing, between getting ready for Santa, work being busy at the end of the calendar year, and other commitments, there is just no room in our days to Martha Stewart-ize this party we want to throw. So I threw together a party game plan with minimal effort, and am sharing with you the fruits of my (limited) labor.
My love of the Winter Solstice has nothing to do with the New Agey stuff and everything to do with the fact that I am a badass Montanan of Scandinavian heritage. And I have been getting my Yule on since 1995. Here is my guide for throwing a party for this kind of Solstice. I've grouped party ideas by age, but you can borrow from any category.