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Perfect Holiday Party Recipe

It’s the first Tuesday of December (yikes, December already!!!) and this month’s By Invitation Only theme is to share our idea of perfect holiday party. You can see all of the beautiful party ideas at Splenderosa here. This year I’ll be hosting a New Year’s Eve gathering, and here’s my recipe for a perfect celebration.

Recipe: Perfect Holiday Party

1. Select a cozy, comfortable space, sprinkle liberally with candles, other festive decor.

Winter Solstice 2

2. Pre-heat if necessary.

Winter Solstice 3

3. Add 6-12 of your closest family and friends.

Deluxe Mixed Nuts

4. Marinate well for an hour or two.

Marinate 1

5. Place cheese under broiler until melted and bubbly, serve over boiled potatoes with trimmings.

Raclette maker

6. Let conversation simmer gently.


7. Shake if needed with some light party games.

8. Marinate again at midnight.

Seriously though, I truly enjoy having a few people in for New Year’s Eve. We pour some bubbly, fire up the ancient Raclette maker, and just have a warm and casual evening of enjoying each other’s company. And did I mention…Raclette!

Oh, and I’ll be wearing my sweats and slippers. 😉

J.crew jeweled sweatshirt, velvet sweatpants

J.Crew Top // Pants // Shoes

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  1. Julie
    December 3, 2013 / 6:58 am

    I absolutely love the idea of a raclette party. Brilliant, simple perfect. May I ask what you serve in the raclette? Tried and true ingredients?

  2. December 3, 2013 / 7:31 am

    You are adorable. I am laughing with you. Love the can of peanuts especially. I know someone who actually does this. Have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends, and I can see you have your party well in-hand. Thank you for participating with us, this means so much to me.

  3. December 3, 2013 / 8:30 am

    I’ll make an appearance at the grand affairs and keep in the back of my mind that the real party awaits and I need to hustle and say my hellos and goodbyes as fast as possible before ringing your doorbell with a smile:).

  4. December 3, 2013 / 8:30 am

    Oh, I’d like to be on of the Mixed Nuts at your party (and I think I could qualify if that’s how the invitation list is made up). Heading off to the dentist soon, and thinking about possible parties through the festive season is a nice distraction — as is your humour! Thank you!

  5. December 3, 2013 / 8:46 am

    My favourite type of party…I love a raclette…we had a wonderful christmas eve ‘raclette’ party last year…great humour and as always a brilliant post!

  6. December 3, 2013 / 9:27 am

    Happy Holidays. Sending everyone in blog land much love.

  7. Northmoon
    December 3, 2013 / 9:45 am

    Any party I can attend in sweats and slippers would get my vote for The Perfect Party!!

  8. Heather in Arles
    December 3, 2013 / 9:49 am

    Raaaaaclette….*spends a few minutes dreaming peacefully*
    We recently were invited to a Sunday lunch and our friends actually apologized for “not cooking” by saying “Oh, it is just raclette.” That lunch lasted nearly six hours! Now that is a LOT of cheese. But don’t worry, we had a lot of white wine to wash it down. 😉
    This is absolutely my kind of party…right down to the Star Wars Mad Libs. Really???

  9. December 3, 2013 / 10:38 am

    Beautiful post. I especially like your J. Crew picks at the end there. LOVE their embellished holiday sweaters this season.

  10. December 3, 2013 / 10:40 am

    As much fun as it is to dress up (occasionally), I always find it so much more enjoyable to attend a casual gathering. Yours sounds perfect!

    xo for a very happy holiday season!

  11. December 3, 2013 / 11:06 am

    THAT’S really what I call CASUAL! Casual and very comfortable!
    I certainly join you! Join you with a glass of “whatsoever”!
    Best wishes for a lovely and not too hectic Pre-Christmas time.
    “Sparkling” greetings from the Périgord,

  12. December 3, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    Hi Tish,
    Well, I think that your Cocktail Party sounds wonderful ….. just a few close friends, a lovely , comfortable ambience, dressed for comfort but looking good and some good food. PERFECT !! Not too over the top but made to feel welcome. LOVE it !! XXXX

  13. December 3, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful time would be had by all!

  14. December 3, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    I am so buying that Star Wars Mad Libs. I’d never heard of it!


  15. December 3, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    Sounds like a perfect party – I love Raclette! Reminds me also of the fondue parties I used to give back in the olden days. They were fun!

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