Party planning 101
With Christmas right around the corner, many of you might be
By WHITLEY ARENS
wondering what you could do for the all-important party.
With the holidays just around the corner, it’s likely that the subject on everyone’s mind is oh-my-God-I-need-to- buy-Christmas-presents! Okay, so I know that finals and stress are really what’s on everyone’s mind at this point in time. Still, when everyone takes a break from their school-induced and terrifying thoughts of passing this semester, they can procrastinate by thinking about Christmas and the general awesomeness of the season.
If you’re anything like me, thinking about Christmas soon leads you to thinking about Christmas presents which soon brings on a new kind of stress altogether. To try to keep calm in my break-from-school-stress Christmas thinking this season, I’ve decided not to worry about presents. This means I can calmly think about snow and baby Jesus.
Instead of freaking out and stressing over presents and what to get all of my friends for Christmas, I’ve decided to throw an impromptu Christmas shindig instead. This way, I’ll get some stress-free time with my friends, I’ll cover all of my friends’ Christmas gifts in one go and I won’t have to deal with the paper cuts I’d surely suffer from wrapping so many presents.
Since I literally just decided in that last paragraph to host this party, I don’t really have a plan for it yet or any tips to give you in relation to planning your own party. However, I’m going to start planning right here, right now and I see no reason why you can’t learn from my experience.
First off, I’m thinking that I’ll need a theme. Brainstorm moment. I’m gonna go crazy and just list every theme I think of in the next 30 seconds: Let It Snow; Jingle Bell Rock; Tacky Christmas Sweater; Classic Christmas; White Christmas; Christmahannakwanzicah; Festivus for the Rest of Us; Gingerbread Goodies; Creepy Claymation Christmas; and Awkward (fake) Family Christmas Dinner.
Okay. Moment of genius. I’m going to combine several of the above-mentioned themes and ask that my friends wear tacky sweaters which celebrate any winter holiday or theme and we will all decorate gingerbread cookies while watching creepy claymation Christmas movies. I’m going to throw in a curveball here and add a White Elephant-style gift exchange.
For those of you who are less party-planning-savvy than myself, a White Elephant-style gift exchange requires that all party guests bring a small gift. You can place qualifiers on this gift if you so choose, such as it must cost less than 10 dollars or it must be inappropriate, etc. Typically white elephant gifts are humorous and inexpensive. Party guests will then draw a number from a hat (or a bowl or something) to determine the order in which they will get to pick presents. Then the first person chooses a gift and unwraps it. The second person chooses a gift and then picks between unwrapping it or swapping it for the first person’s unwrapped gift. This continues until all presents have been opened. There are some variations on game play, but I don’t feel like explaining them here. If you’re interested though, I suggest checking out the Wikipedia article.
Now that that boring and confusing explanation is out of the way, I can focus on something more exciting: cookies! To start with, I figure I’ll make cookies that are shaped like Christmas- y things. Actually, that sounds like a lot of work. I’ll make blob cookies and then my friends and I can play a game (similar to the game in which you find picture in the clouds) where we take turns trying to find a shape in each cookie. Then we can decorate and eat them. I’ll definitely need to buy lots of icing for this part of the evening. You can never have too much icing.
I’ve already got the Claymation movies, so that won’t be an issue and I’ll just refuse to let my friends into the party if they aren’t wearing a tacky sweater (though that really shouldn’t be a problem for most of them). I guess we can end this wonderful evening with a Tacky Sweater Contest. The winner can take home the extra icing.
I could keep going with this, but I’ve procrastinated enough on my school work by thinking about Christmas. Time to get back to the grind. My one last piece of party-planning advice: Don’t forget to have a safe word.
What do you want for Christmas?By ANDY RUSSELL
As the season comes to that crucial time of deciding on gifts we at The Georgetonian want you to know what it is we yearn for this holiday season. Our wishes are simple, a sentence will do, as we want to wish Happy Holidays, from us to you.
Evan Harrell: I want an official Red Ryder carbine-action two-hundred- shot range model air rifle.
Whitley Arens: a life-size wall photo of Fabio, seven pairs of black leggings so I can wear them every day of the week as pants, a personal secretary for next semester to whom I can dictate all of my papers, one million dollars, a jet ski, a nice long date with Megan Fox over candlelight and a lifetime supply of Dr. Pepper chapstick.
Lauren Cornele: Toms Wedges in black, Inception, Harry Potter Legos, a Porsche 911 Turbo, a penguin (preferably stolen from the Newport Aquarium) a bike and someone to teach me to ride it, an iPod Touch and a nice apron to cook food in.
Joel Federspiel: Books, Sci-Fi T.V. shows and the Death Star Lego.
Jamie Ratliff: a visit from the Dissertation Fairy.
Perry Dixon: Beer. End of story.
Hillary Jones: an iPad, lots and lots of movies, perfume, hundreds of dollars in iTunes cards, an assortment of outerwear and scarfs and a case of Four Loko.
Victoria Engelhardt: I want Free Willy, my two front teeth, a new pair of jeggings and a new pair of tan Ugg boots.
As for me, I have a few high demands on my Christmas list. I would like an iPad, an iPod, Steve Jobs’ job, a pair of Beats Audio headphones, a job for the summer, a Georgetonian photo shoot, a visit from Tiger Woods, a new pair of sweatpants, a new car that isn’t a Nissan Sentra, a girlfriend (that isn’t a personal ad), a new Titleist Putter with a Florida Gators headcover, a win in the Outback Bowl, a nice merry holiday and a free Enes.
Let’s Do It!
The Sigma Tau Delta English honor society is now accepting original works of prose and poetry for a student anthology, STD presents “Let’s Do It!” All entries should relate to the theme of love, though it need not be romantic love. Both prose and poetry works are not to exceed 10 pages. Previously published works will be accepted as long as the student retains rights to republish. Submissions will be accepted during December and January, and the anthology will be available for purchase in February. Please send submissions to Lauren Martin at lmartin0.