Decor: we swept the garage, hung some twinkly lights and put some Christmas music. Food: hot water in the crockpot for hot chocolates and hot cider, coffee, orange juice and water; muffins, mini croissants and three kinds of cookies (two from Trader Joe's and one batch of homemade Grandma Bee's spice cookies). Dog: in the front seat of the truck where she could keep an eye on things and bark at the neighbors as they came up our driveway. Weather: snowing and cold, in the low 20s.
Quite the spread for an 8 a.m. garage party
Approximately seventeen people showed up off and on throughout the two hour window; at one point, we probably had ten folks standing around, chatting and clutching hot chocolates (coffee is not a popular beverage in this neighborhood, although I drank a bunch of it, trying to stay warm). The most-consumed edibles were those homemade spice cookies - I had to refill the plate twice - and several people asked me for the recipe.
It all wrapped up right on time at 10 a.m. We collected a decent amount of food and a bunch of checks for the food bank, and had everything broken down and cleaned up in less than an hour. I have to say, if you have to have a party, having it in the garage is the way to go since you don't have to clean the house and nobody lingers too long since it's cold and there's no place to sit.