What is about a square and a triangle? It always makes me happy to put together these two simple shapes to create a little symbol of a home...
These are the invitations for our neighborhood's annual holiday progressive dinner, this will be our fifth year so I decided to make that my little holiday preparation theme for this week.
We have organized our party several different ways...one year with a house to have a champagne toast, one with appetizers, one with salads, then a main course, and of course finish with dessert. This year we're going to do three houses to simplify a little...appetizers, main course, & dessert. We will spend two hours at the appetizer house (which happens to be mine) to give plenty of time for us to congregate since we all seem to run a little late. Then an hour and a half at the other two houses. In the past we have done crafts for the kids and even did a neighborhood Secret Santa.
By hosting appetizers this year it will mean that I have done every house...one year salads...one year desserts (Can you see that I'm big on having a make-your-own bar type of serving? My mom taught me that.) and last year I did a main course meal.
I know the holidays are busy, but this is such a great party to plan...to open your home and only be responsible for one part of a meal...and it's still potluck because everyone who is not hosting a house brings dishes to one of the courses. By planning this one party five years ago we solidified that this street is a neighborhood...we have gone on to develop other traditions too...and most importantly have become true friends.