50 parties/gatherings I want to host.

1. Everyone brings their favorite picture book from when they were a kid and, if they want, reads them for the rest of us. Milk + cookies. Maybe juice, too. Books get donated to a charity at the end of the night.
2. Olympics watching party (complete with theme based on the host country).
3. Oscars party.
4. Fancy cocktail party for New Year’s Eve–get dressed up, have some mixed drinks, hor d’oeuvres, some good music and a dance floor, etc.
5. Lent fast-breaking party on Easter Monday.
6. A resource party–everyone comes with a list of five things they want to accomplish in the next year. We go around the room and read the lists, and then anyone who has resources (people, ideas, talents, etc.) for helping out shares them.
7. Regular Saturday night or Sunday afternoon Sabbath dinners.
8. Jazz Era costume party.
9. A picnic on the spring equinox or the summer solstice.
10. Get together in a public place and read something out loud together.
11. Hymn sings.
12. Once-a-month brunch.
13. Christmas cookie swap!
14. A retreat of some kind. With a speaker.
15. 10,000 day parties (for all my friends who are currently younger than 10,000 days).
16. My parents’ 50th anniversary party (January 2021).
17. Movie club! (Once- or twice-a-month movie viewings)
18. New members lunch for my church, whenever we get a new round of folks?
19. Guy Fawkes Day bonfire (maybe with marshmallows/hot beverages/s’mores).
20. Watch party for the Perseid meteors.
21. Talent show.
22. Christmas caroling (with cider/hot chocolate/whatever afterwards).
23. Backyard concert.
24. Listening party for a much-anticipated album.
25. Weekly communal watchings of a TV show.
26. Game night–I, for one, would love to have a spades tournament, because I’m a card game nerd, but there’s always Scrabble, Apples to Apples, etc.
27. Project night: bring whatever you’re in the middle of doing and hang out, ask advice, have snacks, etc.
28. Afternoon tea.
29. Regular potluck dinners.
30. Stuff swap–bring 5-10 things you have you don’t want anymore, set it all in a big pile on a table, let people pick what they want, take the leftovers to Goodwill afterwards.
31. A black-and-white ball.
32. Drive through Prestonwood Forest at Christmas time and look at the lights.
33. Christmas cookie swap (might be kind of tricky for the wheat-free people, but we can make it work).
34. Cooking classes–rotating through different people’s houses, someone teaches a particular skill or recipe.
35. Some kind of something for Pentecost. (I feel like we should have more Pentecost parties; not sure why.)
36. Church-wide pre-service Easter breakfast–giant batches of breakfast casserole, coffee, fruit, cinnamon rolls?
37. A public reading of the “I Have a Dream” speech for MLK Day.
38. Field trip to a Sacred Harp sing.
39. T-shirt-making party. πŸ˜€
40. Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who can’t go home to their families (I’ve been on the receiving end of a couple of these and they are amazing; I figure it’s time to give back).
41. An election night bipartisan tea party…put out different kinds of tea, have folks vote for their favorite, watch the results come in.
42. Ten-year, twenty-year, etc. high school reunions.
43. I want to host a grand opening party for something. I have no idea what, but it’d be fun.
44. A tweet-up at a conference.
45. I feel like it might be kinda fun to do something for Mardi Gras.
46. If I were ever to get married, I’d want to get a bunch of people together to stuff invitation envelopes, and make a party of it.
47. Also, I want to have a rehearsal dinner like the one in Rachel Getting Married. My parents’ house isn’t that big, but I’m sure we could figure something out.
48. A spelling bee for grownups (they do this in Austin as a fundraiser for something or other and I would love to do something similar).
49. Go to a Sunday matinee of a play or a movie.
50. Go to one of the crazy events at the Alamo Drafthouse.


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