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If you’ve spent any length of time in years’ past on this here site, you’ll already be well versed in my obsession with all things Christmas. The twinkly lights, cozy decor, and excuses to hang out with loved ones near and far always gets me going, and I anticipate the season year round. That being said, there’s no denying that it’s a hectic few weeks, and I’ve been known to get wrapped up in my to-do list instead of focusing on what’s important – something I’m making a conscious effort to avoid this year.
Now that we own our own home, I’m very much looking forward to instilling new traditions to last for years to come. And one of my favourite ideas to date: a no-fuss “family game night” holiday party. The concept is simple: each guest is asked to bring a bottle of their favourite wine or a slice of their favourite cheese. You set the time late evening, so that nobody arrives expecting dinner, and instead you lay out little crowd-pleasing nibbles. A simple charcuterie plate, cheese board fixins’, a signature cocktail, and a fresh batch of homemade cookies is enough to set the stage. Bust out your favourite games, ensure you have a backup supply of wine (essential) and go to town to the wee hours of the morning.
To make matters even simpler, and avoid any messy clean-up when I have to jet off to my cousin’s sister-in-laws to visit aunt so and so who’s only here for a brief moment the next morning (not even joking – this is my December in a nutshell), I like to stock up on Chinet® Cut Crystal®‘s disposable wine and drinking glasses, clear plastic plates, and cutlery. They look like the real deal – they really and truly feel substantial and legitimate – and they don’t hinder any of my decor decisions, which may not be important to everyone, but is a must for the designer within me. I’ve avoided disposable products in the past for that very reason, but in this season of life it’s almost become non-negotiable, and has been a huge (emphasis on HUGE) stress relief when it comes to hosting.
There you have it. An easy, no-fuss no-muss, holiday party that can be thrown together in an instant, and allows you to really focus on what matters: wine. No… kidding. Wine (and cheese) surrounded with your very favourite people. Oh, and you get bonus points if you can convince everyone to arrive in their pjs (just me?)
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