Happy Tuesday! I love it when we link up to Andrea and share something. Today, we’re sharing favorite parties we’ve hosted (it’s going to be fun to look through everyone’s!).
I like having people over and entertaining, but usually, we have small little suppers at our house and not actual parties. Typically, we only have birthday parties for each kiddo in our home and then a Christmas party or two (with maybe an occasional baby shower or something thrown in for good measure).
I can’t pick between my kids’ birthday parties (because I really and truly love them all!), so instead of picking one of their special days, I thought I’d show you my other favorite kind of party to host…
For the last five years in a row, I’ve hosted a recipe exchange with some girlfriends and it is truly one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season.
Each year, we have a different theme (appetizers, desserts, side dishes, casseroles), everyone turns in their recipe in advance so that a little book can be made for the party, we bring something to donate for a charitable cause (we’ve done the Angel Tree before and we donate to the food pantry), and then everyone brings their favorite dish and we all have a big feast. I provide the drinks, any additional accompanying food, the festive music and twinkle lights and we have the best time!
Over the last five years, this has been such a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with friends, get new recipes for my own family to use throughout the year and do something good for our community. I love these recipe exchanges :).
So, once more, let’s recap…
1. Everyone emails me their recipe in advance and I compile a book.
2. Everyone brings their recipe the night of the party.
3. We eat, eat, eat and then vote on our favorite (the winner gets a prize!).
4. Everyone leaves with a party favor and a copy of the recipe book.
Over the years, we have done a Cookie and Bar Exchange (I provided dinner and then we ate the sweets), we have done a Side Dish Exchange (I provided a ham, dinner rolls and dessert), a Casserole Exchange, and then this was our second time to do an Appetizer Exchange (we did it back in 2011 and decided to repeat it this last year too).
I always provide drinks and dessert to round things out. Next year, we’re all coming in our pajamas and doing a Breakfast Recipe Exchange :).
This doesn’t have to be a holiday party either! You could do your own recipe exchange any time of year…a summer exchange would be fun too!
And because my three favorite reasons to celebrate are my sweet kiddos, here are the links to their birthday parties…
…I cannot wait until June when we get to have a party for Miss Ashby too!
Next time on Show & Tell Tuesdays, we’re sharing our momfessional moments! And to see posts from the past…
(I was in China for the first two, so I wasn’t able to participate.)
On my foodie blog today, one of my very favorite things…
Not only are they so good, they’re simple to whip together too!
And one last thing…
…Erika is celebrating her one year anniversary with Rodan + Fields with a fun party! If you’ve ever considered working with Rodan + Fields, you should come check it out! All of the details are on her blog. If you’re a stay at home mom, a teacher who is off for the summer or a working professional that would like some extra income, this is for you. Click here to find out more.