The days of holiday parties are a thing of the past for me. I don't mind and am perfectly happy to glide through the holidays at my age.
In years past, I used to host huge Christmas parties. They were what you could call "Sweet Shoppe" parties. They always included at least 45 different kinds of cookies and bars and about 2 dozen varieties of candies. I began baking near the end of October and carefully froze most of the cookies and bars, along with some of the freezable candies. In the end there were several thousand pieces of sweet goodies on our table.
Speaking of the table...the table I used most often was our large ping-pong table. It held most of the serving pieces, which were a massive array of holiday motifs. I still have many of them.
I served a cranberry punch and had a separate table stacked with holiday take-out boxes so guests could take home a box of goodies for their families...or themselves. We usually had, on average, 100 attendees.
It was a lot of work and so much fun and I enjoy remembering it all. I find it amazing now, looking back, because at the time I had 6 children at home.
Now that I've written this, I feel the need to thumb through my recipes and make some of them this season.,
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!