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05 December 2011 @ 09:02 pm
Annual Holiday Party Planning!  
Attention Crew! You know what time it is. Tinsel and cookies and gaudy inflatable lawn decorations. Decorated trees, presents, and throwing snowballs at carollers. Best of all... time for gathering together with the best crew in the 'Fleet to share food, festivities, and the joy of the season.

Scheduling our annual holiday party might be a bit of a challenge this year. Here's where it stands for me, at least...

This Saturday is just too damned soon. That's the 10th. And I'm busy the 11th. This weekend just won't work.

Saturday the 17th is Longest Night Ball at Gaia Community Church. It's NOT a religious event. It's simply a festive, formal dance with costumes to celebrate the longest night of the year. All are welcome, regardless of whether they're members of Gaia Community. (And seriously, it's an awesome time.) However, not only am I attending with my Trophy Wife, but several other members of the crew are attending the ball. And then Sunday the 18th... is the last weekend shopping day before Christmas weekend itself. YEAH. NO.

On Christmas, I'm sure many of us will be busy with our families, religious obligations, and so on. That weekend is out.

Then... there's New Year's Eve Weekend. NYE falls on Saturday night. Are you thinking what I'm thinking?  :D

My Trophy Wife has proposed the following:

The USS Macchiato convenes at the Captain's House around mid-afternoon (maybe 3:00 or 4:00 PM) for our official crew holiday party. There shall be pot-luck, gift exchange, and so on. I'm baking a turkey. You guys bring the trimmings. Later in the evening, other friends who are not crew members may arrive for general New Year's Eve. The theme of the whole night would be formal-dress or formal-costume. Wear something nice, or bring something nice to change into for the second half of the evening. This would be the Macchiato Crew Gettin' Fancy. We'd have a champagne toast at midnight.

Besides, what could be better than ringing in the New Year with the most epic crew to explore the galaxy the Midwest?

The other option: Party on January 7th, but it probably couldn't be at my house, OR it couldn't be late at night. I'd have a million things to do, as I'd be leaving on vacation during the week that week. Basic holiday party. I'll still bake a turkey. We'll still have epic good times. Still do the Yankee Swap. Just no epic New Year's festivities. If it's at my house, we'd start the party around 2:00 PM, and finish no later than 10:00 PM. Alternately, we can hold it at burnmybody's place if we want to party later into the night.

The weekend of the 14th and 15th, I'll be out of town, and I don't really want to push the holiday party later than that anyway.

SO! The POLL!


Poll #1801058 Holiday Party Planning

When do we party? (Please select both days if you could come both days.)

New Year's Eve! HELL YEAH!
8(53.3%)
January 7th, please. I can't do New Year's for various reasons.
7(46.7%)
Uh... other. Please see my comment below.
0(0.0%)

Yankee Swap! Will you participate? (Not mandatory, not expensive, and I'll post instructions.)

YES!
6(60.0%)
Uh... maybe. If I can find/make something in time.
4(40.0%)
No, for I am Scrooge. Bah humbug!
0(0.0%)

Pot Luck! What will you bring? (Please look at other people's answers and try to pick something that hasn't been taken. Duplicates are okay, too.)

Dressing or stuffing.
0(0.0%)
Mashed potatoes.
1(10.0%)
The classic green bean casserole.
1(10.0%)
Other casserole!
0(0.0%)
Cranberry sauce.
0(0.0%)
Sweet potatoes, squash, or other orange vegetable dish.
0(0.0%)
Salad and salad dressing.
0(0.0%)
Rolls/bread.
1(10.0%)
Desserts! I'll tell you what type below.
2(20.0%)
Veggie platter, cheese & crackers, or some sort of munchies.
1(10.0%)
Plates and utensils.
0(0.0%)
Cups and napkins.
0(0.0%)
Non-alcoholic drinks.
1(10.0%)
Alcoholic drinks.
1(10.0%)
Other! See my comment below!
2(20.0%)

What else should we do?

Party like it's 2012.
5(14.3%)
Party like it's 2262.
8(22.9%)
Watch a classic, heartwarming Star Trek movie.
7(20.0%)
Watch some classic, heartwarming Star Trek episodes.
5(14.3%)
Wear costumes!
3(8.6%)
Other epic idea that I shall describe in comments!
1(2.9%)
Party like it's 2370!
6(17.1%)
 
 
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treksnoopytreksnoopy on December 6th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
How about homemade mac & cheese and maybe some pies?

My only concern about fancy dress is lounging on the floor...but WTH!

I swear I had an epic idea when I click on other, but it ran off! If I catch it I will let you know!


Mijan: YAY KERMIT!mijan on December 6th, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
People in fancier attire (particularly women's dresses) will definitely have chairs to sit on. Plus, feel free to bring a second set of clothes. The "fancy" will start around 9:00 PM. That's the Trophy Wife's idea.

And homemade mac'n'cheese and pies would be amazing! (I'm making an apple pie, though, so FYI, but there's no such thing as too many pies.)
treksnoopytreksnoopy on December 6th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
Noted Captain! I'm thinking cherry & maybe blueberry. 8D
Mijan: YAY KERMIT!mijan on December 6th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
ZOMG BLUEBERRY.

i ♥ u
ColtDancer: candy cane treecoltdancer on December 13th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
ZOMG, I would go JUST for the Apple Pie alone. :)
Kaymythkaymyth on December 6th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Deviled eggs, methinks. We're good at those. :)
Mijan: Flying Tackle GLOMP!mijan on December 6th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
Mmmm... love deviled eggs! Those are always a hit, and I never think of them. Can't wait! And I can't wait to see you! I've been missing you lately, hun. ♥
Wyoming Knott: scullywyomingnot on December 6th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
I love the idea of party, particularly NYE. But I seriously have no fancywear. Not even khakis. Oh. Wait. Maybe...would a skirt and blouse from holyclothing.com be dressed up enough?
Mijan: Kirk: o hai!mijan on December 6th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Whatever you have will be more than good enough. Jenn basically wants a reason to dress up, for the fun of it. I plan to wear one of my costumes, personally. And I'll bet Jenn could also costume you, if you wanted.
ColtDancer: geekcoltdancer on December 13th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Oh, wait...I think I'd go for the chance to wear my costume again. Yeah. And the apple pie. :D
Fiona Fawkesfiona_fawkes on December 26th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
Pijama pants and a bowtie would technically count. I'm still holding out that SOMEONE shows up in a monkey suit.
Mijan: Yub-Yub Commandermijan on December 26th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
I hope someone shows up in a monkey suit.
Wyoming Knott: mal by bravo iconswyomingnot on December 27th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
(really wish I had a monkey costume lying about)
coldfiresergecoldfireserge on December 6th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm down for NYE. I'll bring some Smashed Potatoes, and maybe an extra sidedish as well...
Mijan: YATTA!!!mijan on December 7th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
HUZZAH!!! I wonder what the extra side dish will be...
Hawkelf: tired Strongbowhawkelf on December 6th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
So uh I uh voted as illicitscrewing. It's an RP account. I'm sick, thinking is hard.

But I'll bring cupcakes or cookies. Yeah.
Mijan: Kirk: o hai!mijan on December 7th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
LOL... well, seeing as this IS a costume (or fancy-clothes) party, maybe having an RP character RSVP is appropriate. Do you have any costumes for that character? :D

And yay cupcakes or cookies!
Hawkelf: madness methodhawkelf on December 7th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
I could dress like her, but I'd just be wearing longer sleeves than usual... Which feels like cheating somehow.