Friday, December 12, 2014

A Little Christmas Party



I had a little party here last night with 45 of my closest neighborhood friends.
You know I play in a neighborhood Bunko group...
Well, I decided to make this one an open invitation "No Bunko" party and people
came out of the wood work.


I was reminded of so many things about hospitality.
You definitely don't need to make your house perfect (I worked for 3 days getting ready)
 because when there's a crowd it doesn't matter. 
At this party, everybody brought a drink, dessert, or snack to share.
I made things too but this really took the pressure off. 
Something entertaining to do breaks the ice so we had a "Dirty Santa Scarf Exchange".
Everybody brought a scarf under $10 and there was a lot of stealing going on for the super cute ones.

The biggest reminder of all was that people just want to be together and have friends.
In our neighborhood we are all pretty new. This was a great way to get to know each other.
We learned who might steal your scarf, who really loves wine, and more. :)

A Christmas party with 45 of my closest blogging friends. Easy and fun decorating.

Would I do it again?
You betcha!
Grab your cute paper plates and invite some friends over. 

Merry Christmas, y'all!

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35 comments:

The Gathering Place said...

I love neighborhood parties, too! We have one coming up on Monday. We used to have a progressive dinner and go to lots of houses, which was really fun, but now we are all getting older, one house is the way we go.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a great idea! Sounds so fun! I love the scarf exchange! I'm going to have to remember that! Your paper plates are super cute!

Art and Sand said...

I love spending time with our neighbors. That has not been true in every neighbor in which we have lived. We are in the planning stages for this year's progressive dinner for New Year's Eve. I have offered our house for one of the stages. I don't worry too much about clean because all of our neighbors see our house on a daily basis.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a fun idea, sounds like you had a fabulous time.

JG said...

That's great, Stacey! We have a neighborhood party coming up. It's so FuN to get caught up with what's going on with everyone. Once the chilly weather comes we all tend to spend less time outdoors. :)
~Judy

Jaybird said...

Sounds like y'all had a great party! The scarf exchange was a winning idea for sure.
I was just thinking a few minutes ago, that I should put a pot of soup on tomorrow morning, and round up a starving kid or two for supper.
Thanks for the push!!
Blessings and have a great weekend,
J

Katie Mansfield said...

How fun. We used to love having the neighbors over. We haven't done it in years.
Great entertaining tips. I always stress about the house being perfect. The only one that seems to notice is the first people in. The rest see the people.
I love the scarf idea. Cute.

Sonia said...

Wonderful idea! Love the chalkboard paper plates ...too cute! The scarf idea would turn into a free for all with my friends! Sound so fun! Glad you party was a big success!

Miss Bloomers

Donna said...

Hi, Stacey, Thanks for stopping by. Your party sounds fun, but 45 people??? Yikes. My house would not hold that many. :)
Question: When you commented on my blog, did you have to "prove you are not a robot"? I don't know why that's on there if you did. I notice it's on yours, too, though. Is this something new?
Thanks, Donna

Dee said...

A Christmas party with the neighbors sounds like so much fun. I've never done anything like that before, but I might even be willing to give it a try next year. I like the scarf exchange, too... :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. I just bought some Christmas paper napkins and plates today!

JoAnne said...

It sounds like your party was a big success, Stacey. I always tend to feel a little nervous about going to parties and I enjoy it so much more when there is something to do like your scarf exchange - great idea!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

How fun, Stacey! The scarf exchange sounds like a blast! I may have to steal that idea for next year!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Sounds like so much fun! Love your ornaments in the bowl!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stacey, love the idea and your decor looked perfect. Sounds like a fun time was had by all. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

It sounds like everyone had a good time. Love your decorating for it. We need something like this in our neighborhood.

Lori said...

and cute paper napkins too! Great idea our neighborhood has changed alot.

camille said...

What a great reminder that your home doesn't have to be perfect to be a place of warm hospitality! I needed to hear that. Thank you!!!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

You're so brave to do a party like that! I probably would have chickened out. Lol! Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all! I love those plates and napkins. A scarf exchange is a great idea too. I'll have to remember that one. :)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a great way to meet neighbors.
Sounds like everyone had a grand time with lots of goodies.
Enjoy your weekend.
Mary

A Joyful Cottage said...

I like parties where everyone brings food or drinks to share. That in itself is a good icebreaker. One of the best girl Christmas parties I attended was one with appetizers and desserts, and everyone brought their written-down recipe. The hostess copied all the recipes after the party and made little booklets for each attendee as a memento. I thought it was a great idea. Your scarf exchange is a great idea, too. ~ Nancy

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

You are right about people just wanting to be together at the holidays. You did a great job of bringing people together!

Shelia said...

Hi Stacey! Oh, what a great idea and so glad it was a success! I love this!
Hope all is going well with you.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim said...

It sounds like a super evening Stacey! It's always fun to socialize with the neighbors, especially during the holidays! We are entertaining this weekend and it really makes it feel like Christmas!! :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Sounds like a wonderful time! You are so right about cleaning and having everything perfect...then it is crowded,no one notices, etc and the next day there is clean up again! But we all still do it, lol...

Blondie's Journal said...

Stacey...this is the way to do it. Casual, cute and fun! I love that you all shared the food and the game was a great ice breaker. Did you mean table scarves or fashion scarves? Not sure. Was that a pic of them? I'm getting weird!

I would be thrilled to get to know my neighbors this way. You are a thoughtful hostess!

Jane xx

Domestic Designer said...

Sounds like so much fun! I love the scarf exchange idea...I may steal that! :-) I am getting ready for a big party at my house too. Thanks for the reminder that I shouldn't stress too much about getting things perfect. Blessings and have a great week!
DD

Art @ Home said...

What a cute idea for a party! My daughters love scarves, so they think it's a great idea, too. Cute decor….I know y'all had such a fun time!

xo,
RJ

Pat said...

Hi Stacey! Thanks for stopping by. I bet everyone had a great time and lots of laughs 'stealing' scarves. Our car club does that and it's so much fun to watch. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and many blessings for the New Year :)

Brandi said...

This is such a fun idea. I wish I was your neighbor. I've never hosted that many people in my house before, maybe 20 at the most. I bet every one had such a good time with you and like you mentioned, people just want to be together and have friends. Well said!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

So fun! Everything looks so pretty! It sounds like you have a wonderful group of neighbors. Where ever did you find those adorable plates?!!

Kathleen Grace said...

This sounds like a ton of fun! I am contemplating a Christmas open house next year. Now that the kids are gone, I have to get some new traditions and parties in place!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I like how you party girl! Paper plates... bring your own food... LOVE!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I love those cut paper plates! You are so right. Having a party is great motivation to get things done. I found out on very short notice that I would be hosting our small group from church and boy did I get some decorating and cleaning done in a hurry!

Miss Kitty said...

Super cute decorations, Stacey! You are so right about your house not having to be perfect to have folks over. One of the best parties at our house (I hear) was when I was on my way to my night shift job and many neighbors came over when they smelled my husband deep frying shrimp out in the carport. It was a party in the carport they are still talking about.