Let’s face it, when it comes to theme parties, Baby Boomers invented the concept. We were the first to make the fondue pot a necessary kitchen accessory, and ours was the generation that had dishes for every season. And when it comes to the holidays, why, we took decorating to a whole new level of extravagance!
But now we want to simplify our lives, downsizing our homes, letting someone else take care of the lawn, spending the holidays at home with friends or family. And as we’ve already discovered, each Windsong home provides the perfect setting for entertaining.
What better way to mingle with our new Windsong neighbors than with a Progressive Dinner, which takes the pressure off of a single person to cook, clean, and host, while giving everyone the opportunity to visit and get to know one another a little better.
A traditional Progressive Dinner begins at one house with appetizers, then progresses to each host home for soup, salad, main course, desserts, and cocktails. It’s a popular concept. But it isn’t the only way to host a Progressive Party.
Here are some ideas for Progressive Holidays, Windsong Style:
Progressive Cookie Party – each host house offers their favorite cookie selection, complete with recipe cards for guests to try later. From gingerbread and snickerdoodles to divinity and pfeffernusse, you’re sure to find one (or more) that tempts your taste buds enough to introduce a new recipe into your holiday rotation. Pair with hot cocoa, spiced cider, or a tasty holiday sangria (made with cranberry juice!).
Progressive Cocktail Party – white wine at one house, flaming punch at another, paired with an appetizer or heavy hors d’oeuvre. Or make it a wine party, with each host home serving its favorite white, red, blush, or bubbly.
Progressive Appetizer Party – remember Cher’s character in the movie, “Mermaids”? She wasn’t a great cook, but she loved serving appetizers! And why not? Every culture has its traditions, and the menu is as varied as what you may find in your pantry or local supermarket. Greek spanikopita, Japanese sushi rolls, Mexican chips and a variety of salsas, Swedish meatballs, and good old American pigs in a blanket. Don’t forget the fondue!
Because Windsong homes feature fabulous courtyards and other outdoor spaces, you can adjust the rooms in which you host – indoors or out – depending on the weather and the size of your guest list. By the end of the evening, you’ll likely have met several new neighbors with whom you have now created the first fun memories of friendship!
Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!