Christmas doesn’t come from a store…

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Last night was my family holiday party.

An event organized by – yours truly.

it was a smashing good time, but what makes for a great social event?

I take my event planning extremely seriously.

I make it my personal duty, when I’m the tasked hostess, to ensure everyone is having a good time.

Forget good, a great time!

I take it personally.

I want folks to know if they’re coming to one of my events, something I organized, that it is in fact going to be a smashing good time!

It’s a little ribbon I earn for my imaginary uniform when folks have thoroughly enjoyed something I organized.

I can only imagine what I would come up with if my budget was much larger.

Let’s not talk about budgets though.

That isn’t what makes a good social event.

The most important aspect that comes to mind, after being in good company being number 1, is attention to detail.

Attention to detail matters with virtually everything you do in life.

Planning social events is most certainly no different.

You must be an attentive host.

Check on people.

Ask if they need anything.

Anticipate all of their needs ahead of time.

It shows you took the time to plan and value your guests time therefore want to ensure they enjoy it.

To me, most of these things would seem like common sense.

Whatever the event is I decorate accordingly.

I buy theme matching napkins, straws, plates, cups, and cutlery.

I buy chocolates, appetizers, and candies.

I’m big on helium balloons.

At Party City a dozen latex helium balloons, in any color of your choice, are only $12.

Balloons mean party!

In virtually any language or at any occasion.

Add balloons to a dinner and now it’s officially a dinner party.

They mean festivities.

I try to have attention to different break-out areas.

At any party, all of your guests are not going to stand in a perfect circle the duration of the event.

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It’s just not realistic.

Therefore, I make a point to have different areas individuals can break-out to – to keep their attention and ensure no one becomes bored.

For example, an appetizer table, the bar area, the dinner area, outdoor area for folks to enjoy nature while smoking a cigar if they choose, another table where folks can socialize and play JengaΒ if they choose.

Then I have an area with props for picture taking and naturally some tommyrot.

These are just some examples from my most recent event.

Each event is different.

I always, always, have something on the television on mute.

Again, many avenues for when individuals want to do something different, or find their attention span has wandered off to wanting to zone out for a bit.

Good music, as I said in my “The Thing About Music Is” blog, always sets the mood.

So ensure the music is working with the event.

Currently, I like Pandora Latch Radio.

After all, you invite people to your home or to an event to haveΒ a good time.

Last night’s event was no different.

I had my immediate family over for a small get together with the ugly sweater theme!

I knew Miami’s weather was hit or miss as far as winter is concerned and therefore I had the air conditioning on 65 since we’d all be wearing sweaters.

The meteorologists called for a low of 66 so I had a fire-pit outback I borrowed from my adoptive parents (my in-laws) in the event it was indeed cold my guests could still enjoy the outdoors.

Since we’re having a fire-pit, why not have ingredients to make s’mores?

The s’mores were a hit!

The ugly sweaters were a hit!

The tommyrot Photo Booth was a hit!

Cigars by the fire were a hit!

The white elephant gift exchange was a hit!

As expected, the perfectly setup Jenga received some play by young and old alike.

Needless to say the flow of alcoholic beverages were a hit!

For that matter, the party was a hit!

It made me think…

During this holiday season and every holiday season what really matters?

I always have such a great time with my family and friends.

What matters most is family and friends.

The spirit of the season.

Love for one another.

Being kind to each other.

Doing unto others as you would like them to do unto you, or as they would like you to do unto them.

Christmas isn’t about buying lavish gifts and maxing out our credit cards or depleting our savings accounts.

Christmas is about family.

It is about friends.

It’s about getting together to share joy and laughter.

It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, although waking up in a new Bugatti is clearly nice, that’s not what Christmas is about.

It’s certainly not about money.

It is about love.

Take the gifts away and it’s still Christmas if you allow it to be.

As Dr. Seuss said, “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”

It does not come from a store.

We must remember, Christmas is about family and friends and the love we have for one another and for our neighbor.

If you ask me, that sounds like a great excuse to throw a lot more parties and show your family and friends just how much you appreciate their company!

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Wishing you and yours a very merry little Christmas.

Be blessed folks!

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