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We’ve been wanting to have a housewarming since we moved into our new home in June (I know, I know…). And I love having an open-house-type event around the holidays, so I figured we’d tie them together and host a drop-in family game/dessert night the weekend after Thanksgiving. Most of our friends were back in town by Sunday evening, and no one wants to cook after Turkey Day, so the timing was perfect.
Instead of having a big spread, I just made a few quick and easy desserts that people could munch on while milling around. I bought some festive holiday napkins and plastic cups (no glass!). Then we pulled out the bingo game, Pictionary, Slamwich, and a few other crowd favorites.
All in all, we had about 20 people attend, and it was so much fun to relax after a crazy week of holidays and traveling. The kids moved from game to game, all the snacks were eaten, and everyone was smiling. What more could you want from a family get-together?
This just goes to show you that entertaining doesn’t have to be over-the-top crazy. Sure, it’s sometimes fun to pull out all the stops and whip up gourmet goodies and pull out the fine china. But it’s just as fun (and less stressful) to keep things easy. When life is crazy-nutso, focus on what really matters: Having fun with your friends and family. Pick a few favorite dessert recipes, plan some easy entertainment or activity, and clean your kitchen and bathroom. The rest of the house is optional.Tweet