Memorable Holiday Parties
by Sue Zelickson, Tastemaker in Residence
Over time many of us look forward to the holiday season with anticipation of the festive parties we get to attend.
Many are traditions where we know exactly what to expect, as they most always are a carbon copy year after
year (Same time, same décor, same food, same drinks and most often the same guest list). Some do teas with
the ladies, which are full of sweets, little tea sandwiches, and special teas, wines and liqueurs. Many make
homemade items from family recipes that you come to expect each year and find nowhere else.
Buffets and bars around the house seem to be best for large crowds that come and go during the hours stated on
Standing and eating works for some, others set up areas for guests to sit and eat either at tables around the
house or on chairs and sofas on their laps with help to pass out seconds and refills.
It is always a treat to see the decorations inside and out and how many people have sets of holiday dishes and
glass wear for this time of year.
It is proper to bring a house gift for the host and hostess and especially nice when there are little gifts for each
guest to take home when they leave.
Another kind gesture is to have valet car parkers at homes with little room
for cars, letting guests avoid long walks in the snow and cold.
I look forward to the moist, fresh baked turkey, the mounds of steak tartar, the minced ham tea sandwiches, the
frosted holiday cookies, the homemade Bailey’s Irish cream and the traditional Southern pies at the delicious
memorable parties I’m so lucky to be invited to each
Wish you all could come along.