As our holiday open-house approached, I worried about what could go wrong.
Disasters from events past haunted me. Some were simple like a goblet shattered on the deck or not having an empty vase for a hostess-gift-bouquet. Some were more awful: A neighbor over-imbibing and spilling shiraz on my professor or when I greeted a colleague at our meatatarian BBQ and remembered (too late!) that she’s vegan.
I never imagined that the evening’s curve ball would be a hit.
Shortly after the party began, I welcomed my knitting pals F&C. Silently, C passed me a paper bag with an attached piece of foolscap:
What?!?! This wasn’t part of the plan! (You’re right, I’m a control freak.) But I smiled (my friend Prosecco made me go with the flow), scribbled something amusing and took the bag to a neighbor who added to the sheet before passing it on.
While the bag was being shaken, sniffed and possibly even licked by guests drafting their responses, everyone crunched on Spicy Maple Cashews, salivated over Rosemary-Orange-Lemon-Curd Slice, plunged into Cranberry Ginger Brie and nibbled on White Chocolate Bark with Blueberries, Pine Nuts and a Zest of Lemon.
To many giggles, F&C’s daughter J read the responses and chose three finalists. Then we voted. My mother-in-law’s wittiness resonated best with the many crafters in attendance, if not with their spouses:
The game was a home run and so was the rest of the party. Phew!
About what did my mother-in-law prove my father-in-law wrong? In the comment section tell me why you need to know and I’ll send you the answer AND I’ll enter you in a draw to win a mystery prize.
You can also enter the draw by commenting about your own party curveball.
Contest closes on January 10th at 11.59pm.
While the real winner of the party was the unexpected game, the food was a close second. Be sure to check out my holiday party yumminess: A review of Tasha DeSerio‘s article Sweets and Sparklers from Fine Cooking‘s December 2010/January 2011 issue as well as some of my own recipes and ideas to simplify the menu while making it even more dazzling.