The Last Minute Party

In a rare moment of either stupidity or a desire to inflict pain on myself I’ve decided to host a last minute Christmas Eve party at my house.  The only good news is the guest list is very small so it won’t be a that much trouble to do, but in a effort to keep things interesting I’ve decided to keep the costs of hosting to a minimum… like around zero. Why? I avoid shopping like the plague at this point in the year because I just can’t stand the crowds.

So how do you fed a group eight people with almost no notice?  I personally decided to take the easy route and dig around the freezer and search my pantry for ideas.  Thank goodness I have the foresight to keep a few items around for these moments like a shrimp ring.   I’m going with a simple appetizer and drink theme similar to the classic cocktail party.  Here is the list:


  • Eggnog – of course
  • Mulled Wine, Strawberry Wine, White Wine
  • Selection of pop
  • Misc cocktails that I have the ingredients for (I’m still trying to decide on one or two)


  • Shrimp Ring
  • Premade hor d’oeuvres
  • Chicken Wings
  • Veggies Tray with Dip
  • Cheese Thins – A thin pastry like snack.
  • Potato Skins
  • Potato Cheddar Muffins (we have a few kids coming so I decided to make something they will love)

Thankfully the house is already decorated for Christmas so other than a quick clean I’m almost ready there.  Then for a little entertainment I’ve decided to bring out a simple game to play called Shut the Box.  Which if you have never played I suggest you get copy as even small kids can play with a little help from Mom or Dad, all you need is a little bit of adding skill to play.

Now I just have to hope I can pull it off given the short notice of I only decided this on Monday.  So any advice for the last minute party planner?

One thought on “The Last Minute Party”

  1. Some of the best parties I’ve gone to are potluck style — where everyone who comes brings a dish to share. It gives everyone a chance to try something new and different, and makes it REALLY easy to plan for, since you only have to make (or buy) one dish.

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