The holiday season gives us plenty of opportunities to gather around a Christmas tree or warm fire and make memories with friends. During the rest of the year, however, it can be a little harder to have as exciting of parties when there isn’t a big event—like Christmas or New Year’s—involved. While the traditional dinner party is always a good fallback year-round, hosting can become expensive if you’re providing food and drink to a handful of people.
I highly recommend hosting an event like this for spending time with your community and making fun memories together.
Here are a few ideas for hosting a killer, memorable and collaborative party—even if it’s on some random Thursday in April.
1. Build Your Own Flower Arrangement
We have a sweet flower truck in my hometown where you can purchase by the stem and make your own bouquet. You can gather a group to do this at home, whether or not you have a flower truck nearby; even grocery store flowers will work just fine. Have everyone bring a certain variety of flowers, mix and match—and then walk away with an arrangement full of all sorts of different stems that you could never buy in a single grocery store bouquet.
2. Cookie Exchange
Okay, so I borrowed this idea from the holiday season, but I think this could be even more fun during a time of year when there aren’t as many sweets lying around. And hosting a cookie exchange gives everyone a chance to make cookies that aren’t shaped as Santa. If you want to make it into a competition, you could reward the baker of the best cookies with… more cookies!
3. Pizza Night
Have everybody bring a topping for a “build your own” pizza night. If you’re feeling fancy, you can make it all from scratch and roll your own dough, or you can buy crusts for a faster turnaround time. If you’re doing this with a few friends or a big group, have each person say what topping they’re planning to bring. That way, everybody will have the options they want, and will know what others will be providing. Hosting a pizza night is a pretty low-key, fun way to get together on any night of the year.
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4. Cajun-Style Shrimp Boil
I went to a shrimp boil in August for a friend’s birthday, and I can honestly say it was one of my favorite events that I attended all year. The host boiled up a big vat of Cajun-style shrimp, crabs, potatoes, corn, lemons and sausage, and we dumped the food out over a long, family-style table and ate with our hands. The best part of the event was that since we all had to eat using our hands, nobody was on their cell phones! I highly recommend hosting an event like this for spending time with your community and making fun memories together.
HERE’S HOW TO BE A HOSTING EXPERT WITH A VEGGIE BOARD!
Hosting with a veggie board can be equally as yummy as a cheese board! Don’t believe us? Here’s one that’ll please your guests and help maintain your healthy kick.