Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Let the Festivities Commence!

I have had so many ideas for gatherings and evening parties over the years that I would love to host, and yet I have not once actually realized any of them.

Sad and shameful!

I am too social a person not to be able to occasionally throw a small shindig for those I care about. I feel like those moments in life sort of crystalize all the good and happy feelings of humanity into one clear powerful feeling of joy.

I should be more joyful...

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There are a few reasons:

1. I haven't really had a group of friends in Dallas that actually get along well together since college.
2. My previous apartment seemed too closed up and lacked enough seating for guests.

I am determined to fix this dilemma though, since at least #2 I am already in the process of fixing. The floorplan is more open so guests wouldn't feel so claustraphobic, and there is a rather large patio for overflow. I have a loveseat and now have room for a comfy side chair as well, and then I already have a bench I can pull out. My dining table wouldn't fit more than four so only small dinner parties would work, but I can do appetizers and drinks no problem.

Now I just have to execute my plans in that respect, and then be more aggressive with fixing the former problem. I am putting together a small group to go dancing next wednesday and maybe grab dinner, so I am using that as a little trial run lol to see how people get along. Hoping for great fun! Of course this would be a lot easier if my closest friends didn't live outside of Dallas lol... mais c'est la vie.

{Lindsey and I ready to go out to Uptown for a bday celebration}

But I made a new lovely friend this past weekend! I had known Lindsey for awhile, but we recently bonded over a shared love of classic british poetry followed by a night of swing dancing. She is lovely, and am excited to have more fun with her! It is so rare finding friends with similar tastes and passions...


1. House Warming Party- Once I finish painting and get another chair for the living room, this is sooo on. Probably will serve appetizers, drinks, and possibly do some grilling (for a girl on a budget lol). Really just an excuse to get together, eat, gossip, and possibly play some games. Combine with #2?

2. Pool/Grilling Party- My patio is literally about 4 yards away from the pool, so this could be a super fun and relaxed get-together. I would likely limit it to maybe 6-8 people, but I think this could be a really great time! And I could do it relatively soon...

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{This is not my pool lol}

3. Murder Mystery Dinner Party- I have one 1920's themed game, and another 1950's themed game begging to be played. My setback was always figuring out how to fit 8 whole people at a dinner table though. Solution? Instead of having an actual dinner, have 1-2 appetizers and drinks. That way people can sit anywhere really and use the full expanse of my apartment.

4. Board Game Night- Love. I have several fun social games like Taboo, HP clue, Skipbo, ect. I could provide a couple of simple appetizers so no one passes out lol, and then a few drinks. This wouldn't be too much trouble I think... And I definitely know of 4-6 peeps who would enjoy this!

5. Harry Potter Party- I know this is so overdue lol, but I think everyone in my generation would have fun with this. Step One of the night, sort everyone into their respective houses with a little quiz haha! Followed by everyone doffing the appropriate house paraphenalia of course. Butter beer will be a must....

6. Dinner Party- Only 4 people all together, but we could have a classic dinner party and maybe extend it into a movie night too. I would actually have an excuse to cook lol.

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{How fun would this be! Maybe not in the summer in Texas but...}

7. Award Show Party- Of course this will have to wait for February when the Oscars and such begin, but I can have a group of 6 over for dinner, and move the table in front of the couch for a fun evening watching all the actors on the red carpet and dining together. Definitely going to have a little betting game going on though beforehand on the winners of the top awards like Best Actor/Actress and such though! So really, this is all about betting and dining lol. One problem, the new TV I purchased (from craigslist for $20 since my 7 year old one broke during the move and I am poor right now lol) only plays DVDs, not anything through cable because the outlet this is broken. Thank goodness this wouldn't be till 2013 anyways, whew.

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