The holiday season is absolutely magical, stressful and exhausting all in one. Calendars are packed, kids have a ton of events, holiday shopping, gatherings, work parties, traveling, gift shopping, decorating, yada yada yada. Like I said- magical, stressful AND exhausting.
I am an introvert and the large gatherings completely drain me. I love hosting a fun gathering- whether it's for Christmas, New Year's, births, promotions, etc, for a small group of friends as a way to just celebrate it together.
I try to make small gatherings as easy as possible without cutting corners.
Simple yet delicious snacks
I like to create a simple cheese board with smoked meats (like salami, prosciutto, etc.), cheese (swiss, sharp cheddar, pepper jack, etc.), fruit (like apples, grapes, etc.) and crackers.
Sometimes, we even have a potluck game night. We vote what dinner theme (i.e., Hawaiian, Italian, etc.) and we each bring a dish.
It's a fun night and time to bring out the stemware. My favorites are the Libbey® Libbey Glass Perfect Signature™ Auden All-Purpose Wine Glasses . They look beautiful, they're great quality and they're chip resistant. They also make perfect gifts (especially for newlyweds, hostess gifts, and house warming). I also love that they are exquisitely made in the USA.
I always like to have one red wine, one white wine and a sparkling cider drink available for all guests (especially for designated drivers) and of course, coffee.
We love gaming. Video games (Um, hellloooooo Just Dance, Super Mario Brothers Smash...), board games, card games, etc. There's nothing more fun than a night of laughter, shenanigans and a little bit of wine. Even hosting a movie themed night or craft night can be a HUGE success and all guests will have a GREAT time.
These ideas are fantastic for holiday gatherings but are really PERFECT for ANY gathering ANY time of the year!
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What ideas do you have for hosting small gatherings?