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Any ole reason to party…and open contests! (Contest–2 winners!)
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

The winners are…commenters #1-6!

Hey there! It’s Tuesday morning. Some of you are heading to your polling places. I voted yesterday and wore my “I Voted” sticker proudly for the entire day and evening. Other news on the homefront—the soon-to-be 16-year-old male passed his written driving test. I don’t know whether to shout “Yay!” or shudder. 🙂 He still has problems with turns (too wide or too short). We took the fam out to Pizza Hut last night to celebrate.

We don’t need big excuses for celebrations. We love a family party. Some of my favorite annual parties are the pool parties, the Ugly Christmas Sweater party, the New Year’s Eve party (complete with sparkling grape juice), the Sharknado movie night party…alas, that one won’t be coming around again, so we’ll have to find another B-movie event to celebrate.

This picture was from an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party a couple of years back (taken in the 15-year-old’s bedroom with her fairy lights in the background). You can’t really see it, but my sweater has Jack Skellington skulls from The Nightmare Before Christmas all over it.

We love to make finger foods for celebratory dinners—a table filled with meatballs, cheeses, cut fruit and veggies, hummus and crackers, etc. We gorge while we play a movie or dance to music. The kids love it. They invite friends to our weird event nights, and then those kids keep in touch because they want to come for the next one! My dd was gifted with a Raclette, so any night we decide to cook the dinner at the table using it is a party!

So, for a chance to win a free short story (I’ll choose 2 winners!), tell me what sort of celebrations you all like to have. Do you make big deals out of small things or fun things?


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7 comments to “Any ole reason to party…and open contests! (Contest–2 winners!)”

  1. Delaine
    · March 3rd, 2020 at 10:24 am · Link

    We have pool parties for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. We have Christmas party and New Year’s Eve party. Some are small but some have 4-5 families together. We have a great time.

  2. Pansy Petal
    · March 3rd, 2020 at 10:38 am · Link

    How fun! Such wonderful family times. Once upon a time . . . Just spending time with my kids were events. I am glad I did that because, well, one is past and the other is off on her own and no longer has time for mom. But I have the memories of movie nights. We all loved movies and had movie nights often. Or the clean-the-house-so-we-can-have-fun games. Board games. *sigh* You are so lucky to have your family close and together.

  3. Colleen C.
    · March 3rd, 2020 at 12:14 pm · Link

    Usually just holidays and b-days…

  4. Jennifer Beyer
    · March 3rd, 2020 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Well, Syfy channel totally messed me up by ending the Sharknado movie series. I used to have a big party every summer in honor of the latest installment. It was really an excuse to hang out, catch up and eat terrible food.

  5. bn100
    · March 3rd, 2020 at 10:39 pm · Link


  6. flchen1
    · March 4th, 2020 at 2:57 am · Link

    We like to celebrate birthdays and achievements! Cake is a fave, of course 😉

  7. Delilah
    · March 8th, 2020 at 10:54 am · Link

    Thanks, everyone, for sharing! It was fun reading your answers!

    How about every one of you choose a short story from my short story page:

    Email me with your choice at! FYI, the first four stories shown are not yet released, but there is plenty to choose from!

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