I've just joined Sarah and Mary's second Apron Swap. If you are curious about what this is, please visit their fun blog and check it out for yourself. The gist is, you're partnered with someone else and tasked with making them a festive holiday apron along with some handmade (and hopefully clever) recipe cards for holiday party food. All this needs to be done and sent to them before December 1st, at which time we all take photos of our gifts and post them and have an internet party! Sounds crazy, sounds fun. And as a lover of aprons, it's good to know that there are others with my illness out there!
So, for the benefit of the person who has me assigned to them, I will answer the questions they require. (The holiday swap is full, but if you want to get in on the fun, be sure to drop them a line. They will be doing another one soon!)
1. What kind of holiday party food do you like best? finger food buffet or sit down multi-course style?
Finger food buffet--my little house isn't big enough for sit-down parties!
2. Do you make/use those little name cards for your table seating or is that just another little something that magazines are trying to add to our already long holiday to-do list?
Arghhh. Put down the magazines and stop the madness! Another stressful bit of nonsense. (Unless you're the President or Queen of England.)
3. Do you miss sitting at the "kid's table"?
Never had to, thankfully. But...the "kid's table is a great idea...
4. Any particular holiday party traditions that you like to do every year?
Yes, we dream about having a holiday party. We used to, but everyone is so busy these days that we seem to go to other people's parties instead of having our own.Maybe if I got some cool party recipes....
5. Which is your favorite winter holiday?
Christmas by far!
6. Do you make or have you tasted any good egg nog recipes...whether using it in a dish or as a drink?
I made some good egg nog cookies, oh, and an egg nog pumpkin pie.
7. Fruit cake .... do you love it or think it should be used as a door stop?
LOVE IT! Especially my mom's and my friend Hannelore's white fruitcake. I'm going to make it this year for sure.
8. What do you like to do to get yourself in the holiday spirit (ie. certain music, visiting certain seasonal sites, enjoying winter weather, ect.)
Love to play "real" Christmas music. Medieval carols and the old Bing Crosby-type songs are wonderful. (Don't care for the funny ones, or the Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer type.)
9. What is your favorite holiday song and who sings it best?
I can't possibly choose! There are so many...Silent Night, Oh Holy Night, The Holly and the Ivy. I Can't Pick.......
10. Any ideas for interesting holiday themed parties? (Even if it's really out there -- like renting a snow machine and having everyone build snowmen if you live in a no-snow areas!)
We have friends who do a great annual Cookie Party. It's not what you think though. They are both engineers. (Need I say more?) Each year there's a theme like "flotation"--the goal is for your cookie to float in milk longer than anyone elses. Then you must be able to eat it in thirty seconds once it's done floating. You'd be amazed at what people come up with, and of course since you have to eat it, there's no cheating by using inedible components. This party particularly appeals to the men, so it's easier to get them to want to attend!