Make It or Bake It Party Theme

Last year it was my turn to host the big family Christmas party:  A sit down dinner for around thirty people.  Let me just say my home is not that big nor is it set up to do this easily.  In the days leading up to the big party, we were busy bees cleaning, re-arranging furniture and decorating.  One of the many challenges was to find just the right size tree – bigger than Charlie Brown’s, but small enough so that thirty people could safely move around it!

A friend’s architect husband once gave us some very good advice when we were buying this house, “Don’t choose a house based on the one big party you throw each year.”  We certainly did not as everyone who came can surely attest to!

We always do a grab bag gift exchange where a person can choose an unopened gift from the box or take an opened gift from someone else.  As the hostess, I kept the game in place, but changed the rules a bit:  The gift had to be something they either made or baked.

As the game got underway, there was the usual laughter and joking around, but there was also a lot of “I didn’t know you made …”  I was amazed at the talent in my family – a cousin and his girlfriend make wine, an uncle makes wonderful bread and marmalade, an aunt makes great fudge … Needless to say, many of these gifts were taken from one another as we played the game.

If people ran out of time, I did allow a store-bought gift, but it had to be something that could be used up.  Someone brought the really expensive dish soap in a pretty bottle that I love to smell in the store, but can never justify purchasing.  That gift exchanged hands a lot – I was not the only one who wanted the dish soap!

At the end of the day, it was a great party – there was much laughter and conversation, great food, and a wonderful family with whom to share it all.

I’m not hosting the party this year, so I don’t know if the Make It or Bake It rule will stay in place and become a tradition, but I do know it was great fun and an idea I will use again.

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One Response to “Make It or Bake It Party Theme”

  1. sharon Says:

    I love it, Yvonne. What a great idea. Thanks, sharon

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