Happy New Year! (Jan. 1, 2010)

Need a fun party idea with minimal planning on your part? Try this!

We hosted a New Year’s Eve Book Exchange Party this year. It was so much fun, we decided it will have to be a tradition. We asked each guest to bring a wrapped book (we specify that it should be a book you’d like to own, not a prank). And we asked each guest to bring either an appetizer or a dessert to share. This way, it cuts down on your cost for the party and on the cleanup (as guests usually take their food with them when they leave).

We provided a loaf of bread and cheese fondue (recipe found in an earlier post) and 2 apple pies, coffee, tea, and punch. My husband makes the BEST apple pies! It’s just a simple recipe from Betty Crocker’s cookbook, but they’re delicious!!

As for the book exchange, we cut up a piece of paper with a number on each small piece, folded them up, and placed them in a basket (one for each book). If you brought a book, you pick a number. Player 1 gets to choose a wrapped book from the pile. Player 2 can either choose a wrapped book or steal Player 1’s book. If 2 steals from 1, 1 gets to pick a new book from the pile. You can’t steal directly back, and once the book has been stolen 3 times, it sticks with that player. Player 3 can then either choose a wrapped book or steal from any open book, and so on. It’s always fun to see the random books people bring. Don’t feel bad about stealing the book you want; that’s what makes it so much fun! I secretly enjoy it if the book I bring gets stolen at least once.

You can do this with other themed parties too: White Elephant Gifts, kitchen items, tools, etc. But whatever theme you choose for your party, remember to keep it simple and everyone will have fun.

Happy New Year’s!
Melissa

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