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The lazy girl’s guide to throwing a New Year’s Eve party

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.

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How to throw a Solstice Party, Montaninavian style

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.

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Non-sucky, non-overdone, holiday music

I've taken the interwebs to find some of my favorite non-sucky holiday tunes. A lot of them are so non-overdone that they're songs you may not have ever heard before from artists you've never heard of. And some of them are songs you've heard a lot, but from artists that make them sound new again. Grab a cup of cider and have a listen…

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Midnight Thanksgiving: Our Non-Traditional Family Tradition

My first job in Portland was overnight stocking for a big box retailer. It wasn't long before I started meeting more transplants like me, who couldn't get the time off to fly home for the holidays, or just plain had nowhere to go. I wanted to invite everyone over, but there was also the nagging fact that while we did get Thanksgiving Day off, most of us would have to be at work before sunrise the day after Thanksgiving. Since we were all night owls anyhow, I offered to have everyone over on the Wednesday night before the holiday. And so the idea of Midnight Thanksgiving was born.

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Nekkid Lady Party: My tips on how to host a clothing swap

About 8 years ago I moved from Portland to Seattle and realized I had way. Too. Much. Crap. I thought to myself, "Self, you can either donate to Goodwill or you can see if your friends want to pick through your stuff."

I chose the latter. Girlfriends came over, some brought over clothing and shoes, and thus Lily's Nekkid Lady Party was born. I'm here to tell you how to throw your own…