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Sparkling wine reco needed – Toronto edition

We are having a party to celebrate – and need a recommendation on a sparking wine that will be served following the main speech. We aren’t fans of champagne ourselves (find it too dry), and there will be a mix of wine lovers and more casual wine drinkers attending. There will be a wide range of other drinks served throughout the night, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine on Jan 25, 2014 - 15 answers

Unexpected party venues?

What off the wall venues have you been to for parties? I am looking for crazy ideas so throw everything you've got but especially interested in something accommodating at least 150 people. (And if there are any Indianapolis mefites out there, please recommend some places around here)
posted by xicana63 on Jan 24, 2014 - 21 answers

How to get out of paying for a party

I work in a professional field that requires the passing of a series of exams to become credentialed. These take place over several years and are considered to be very difficult, taking months of study. My workplace hosts a bi-annual party after work to celebrate those that have passed their exams. The party requires that people pay $85 towards the party per exam passed in the past 6 months and $20 if they have not passed an exam (The money is required regardless of whether you plan to attend). This can become quite costly (I once passed multiple exams and was shocked that the fee was cumulative). However, people are expected to pay. I don't really enjoy parties, and $85 is a lot of money to me and I'm wondering if there's a way for me to politely decline without causing problems at work (i.e. being the one guy out of 60 that isn't contributing). Compounding this is the fact that significant raises typically follow when someone passes an exam, so the excuse "I can't afford it" might not work so well.
posted by Proginoskes on Jan 21, 2014 - 21 answers

What is an appropriate gift to bring for a Muslim host & hostess?

Etiquette Filter: My partner teaches music lessons and the parents of two of his students have invited us to dinner in their home. In addition to the regular payment for the lessons, they are very generous and bring him a gift nearly every time they come for lessons. What gift should we bring for the host & hostess? [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Jan 7, 2014 - 17 answers

Seattle bar for casual gathering?

Seattle filter: Looking for a bar or other location that can acommodate a probably-rotating group of 10-20 people for a going-away party next Sunday around 4ish. Ideally in Wallingford or nearby and ideally someplace that won't be too crowded. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jan 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Christmas parties shouldn't involve a trip to the grocery store, right?

My boyfriend is having some coworkers over tomorrow night for a little get-together/party thing. This isn't their official christmas party (they had that at work last night), just a few (6-7 or so people) getting together. When asked about what he's doing for food, my boyfriend just assumed they'd all just go to the grocery store to get something, which I personally find pretty... weird. As I'm helping host, I want to provide better noms! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Dec 19, 2013 - 46 answers

Turn up the music: rent vs. buy speakers for a party

I've got a house party coming up in a couple weeks. I will be playing downloaded, not great quality mp3s from a laptop via Winamp (please assume this setup cannot be changed/improved). Should I rent a standing speaker, or buy something suitable from a store like Best Buy? I am not looking to crank the music super loud, but it there will be dancing and I want the music heard. Details: party to happen on main floor - open concept, approx 45 people, detached house. Minimal room for speakers. Simple set up desired. Budget - around $200. Location - Toronto
posted by walkinginsunshine on Dec 16, 2013 - 12 answers

An Unelectric Boogaloo

What are some activities and technologies that I could use for a completely non-electric New Year's Eve party? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Dec 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Need ideas for ball shaped party foods!

My friend is having a Christmas party with a ball theme. Fancy clothes, sparkly decorations... and ball shaped foods. What should I make? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Dec 13, 2013 - 23 answers

Holiday party cocktail suggestions?

Hoping some of the boozier denizens of MeFi might have some good suggestions for a couple holiday cocktails. [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Dec 11, 2013 - 22 answers

What's your favorite unconventional pizza?

So! We have a Baking Steel*, and a great crust recipe, and have pretty much mastered the basic process of making pizza. We're throwing a pizza party for some friends on the 21st, and now I need some interesting pizza topping ideas that go beyond the usual mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni, mushroom variety. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Dec 10, 2013 - 68 answers

What are some good films for slumber parties?

MeFites, can you furnish me with the names of some films that are (1) generally upbeat (2) visually pretty (3) not hard to follow plotwise (4) able to put people at ease, help them relax. They can be comedies or dramas or whatever. Animation is fine; live action is fine. [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Dec 4, 2013 - 28 answers

Superhero mystery party ideas

Planning a superhero-themed 11th birthday party. Birthday girl wants it to be like a murder mystery party, with one guest a supervillain who must be defeated. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Nov 19, 2013 - 18 answers

white wine punch recipe?

I have a bunch of bottles of probably not-super-awesome white wines. I'd like to make a punch for a party this weekend and am looking for a good recipe for a fall/winter punch. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Nov 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Party Pics

I've been put in charge of a photo booth setup at an upcoming party, and I need some advice. We would like for people to be able to take pictures in front of a backdrop for most of the night, photo booth style with funny hats/props, and then have an "instant slide show" at the end of the party of all the pics. Talk me through the hardware setup I need to make this happen, please! I've got a canon DSLR, a laptop (both Mac and PC available) various USB cables, and a projector. Thank you!
posted by Mimzy on Nov 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Yule Be Swell! Yule Be Great!

We will be hosting a very large Yule gathering in our home next month, and I need ideas on ways to feed people affordably but impressively with simple but very elegant dishes. We set the bar pretty high last year, so the H is O. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Nov 3, 2013 - 22 answers

What to do on New Years in New York City? 2013

Mr. Slothhog and I will be in NYC for New Years Eve. We are going with 3 other lovely friends.The actual holiday is one of our group's actual 40th birthday. Interest has been expressed in attending a party... Please give us input about things that will make this visit amazing, especially the ringing in of the new year!
posted by slothhog on Nov 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Revolutioary Party Suggestions required

There is a custom with my husband's work that each person, at an unknown time, will be given 24 hours notice that they will be hosting a party. And the party has to have a theme. So my husband and I are already planning so when the inevitable happens we can get organised quickly. We have decided that when we get 'pinged' we want to have 'Revolution'as our theme. Costumes, drinks and playlist are all easy, and decorations are not expected. But we are stuck on one thing - party games [more inside]
posted by Megami on Oct 25, 2013 - 15 answers

Do you think Hannibal ever slobs out in sweats?

My Halloween party is tomorrow. Yay! My workload is much heavier than anticipated. Boo! I need all your suggestions for fast, impactful, and easy costume and party favor ideas. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Oct 25, 2013 - 9 answers

It'll be ONE sweet party!

My daughter's first birthday is coming up in two weeks, and we're having a party. The invitations emphasized "one", so that's the theme. What "one"-themed things can I do, for food or decorations? [more inside]
posted by Liesl on Oct 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Help us (kindly) lie to our drinking buddies

Just found out we're pregnant - hurrah! Our dear friends throw a smasher of a Halloween party every year - ack! We're looking forward to shouting the news from the mountaintops, but feel that the 9 weeks along I'll be come Oct 31 is too early to shout. What are some legitimate reasons why a normally social drinker can't have alcohol that won't raise a lot of eyebrows? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2013 - 48 answers

'We like you fine, but we're not buying dinner for you.'

We met with a potential wedding reception venue today to get a quote, and the owner suggested that we can invite some people just to the party after the ceremony and dinner. From a cost cutting perspective that sounds awesome. But is it just too squicky, etiquette-wise? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Oct 9, 2013 - 42 answers

Fun little amp for synth!

I've been given a Bolsa Bass synth (which is rad). It's kind of an art piece by itself, so I wanted to have it out at parties, when people came over, etc. But! It needs an amp. Can you recommend a good little amp for a bassy synth like this? Something that also looks cool on its own (and complements the hot pink + wood of the Bolsa Bass) would be a major plus. And something easy. Doesn't need to deafen anyone, just sound good in an apartment-sized space. Thanks!
posted by chasing on Oct 5, 2013 - 9 answers

What do you mean there's no dinner?!

We're in the process of planning out a wedding, and we've decided to go with a full-on cocktail party instead of a sit-down dinner. The caterer we spoke to was very hesitant about this idea. Help us not fuck this up. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Oct 2, 2013 - 124 answers

Breaking Bad Finale viewing Party, D.C. Area Edition

Help me mefites! I'm in the D.C. Area on business, and my hotel doesn't have AMC!! I have tried googling to find a finale viewing party in this area, but to no avail. Does anyone know of any finale viewing parties in the Washington, D.C./McLean, VA area? Maybe a bar that's showing it? Im desperate to see how the show will end, preferably with other fans of the show and/or fellow Mefites...any ideas or suggestions? Thanks in advance!!
posted by KillaSeal on Sep 29, 2013 - 2 answers

'90s sitcom redheads?

Help me brainstorm a list of red-headed sitcom characters from the 1990s. [more inside]
posted by ashputtel on Sep 27, 2013 - 24 answers

Pokemon LARP?

For our son's birthday, Mr. Corpse had the idea of Pokemon LARPing. We know little about Pokemon, and less about LARPing. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Someone rent us a damn table already.

Getting married on a Sunday in early November and we're having issues with EVERYTHING party rentals in NYC. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 11, 2013 - 2 answers

Tell me about masquerade balls in central New England.

It has been too long since I went to a costume party, but I am not really into the Halloween bar scene. I am looking for: a crowd wearing nice costumes in an interesting venue; something that's kind of special. I am not looking for: "I'll wear a bathrobe and say I'm a Jedi, let's go drinking!" crowds. More Venetian carnival, less "this fuzzy pimp hat was all that was left at iParty." [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Can I look and feel fabulous in 24 hours?

I am attending a wedding tomorrow night, have been on a diet and am thinking of some last minute things to do before hand to get myself ready to look and feel good. Any advice/strategies apprecaited :) [more inside]
posted by krisb1701d on Aug 28, 2013 - 27 answers

Chicago Northside Party Space?

Please recommend a party venue (probably a bar backroom) on the north side of Chicago - details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mid on Aug 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Movies that show the aftermath of a stylish party?

I'm looking for movies which show the aftermath of a hip or elegant party. There's a scene like this in Breakfast at Tiffany's, when Holly Golightly wakes up looking like a hot mess the morning after her swinging house party. Can you think of any others? It could be the morning after, or in the middle of the night when everyone's asleep or gone home.
posted by peter1982peter on Aug 25, 2013 - 39 answers

Shhh! (Surprise party for my wife! But what do I give the awesome host?)

I'm throwing a surprise party for my wife's 40th birthday this Thursday evening. One of my wife's friends volunteered to have the party at her house. She's also helping to arrange catering from her dad's restaurant (I'm paying for it, but at a steeply discounted rate--and she worked out the menu). So ... I'd like to give our friend a hosting gift. [more inside]
posted by agog on Aug 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Can I plan a celebration of friends' nuptials without footing the bill?

Help needed wording an invitation or email to an event where some items will be paid for by me, but preferably not the whole bill. [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on Aug 8, 2013 - 29 answers

How would you feel if your roommate asked you if you were on drugs?

How would you feel if your roommate asked you if you were on drugs because you were were wearing sun-glasses at night one day?! Is this a common American idea?! [more inside]
posted by MiuMiu on Jul 31, 2013 - 48 answers

Hong Kong Hens Party Moving Feast

What hens / bachelorette party themed snacks / canapes and drink can I serve at a hens party on a tram moving through the streets of Hong Kong? [more inside]
posted by travellingincognito on Jul 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Bowtie-themed food?

I'm planning a bowtie-themed party, and would like to be able to serve snacks and dinner fare that are bowtie-themed in some way. The association between bowties and the food in question can be fairly loose, but I'd like all the food to have some tie-in to the theme (pun intended). [more inside]
posted by duffell on Jul 12, 2013 - 29 answers

Identify this food-related object + recipe request

Found this silicone mold at the thrift store today. My guess is it's for making some sort of fruit-filled baked dessert. I'm imagining something similar to a strawberry shortcake. What is it for? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jun 7, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I stop being so anxious about birthday parties?

I don't mind getting older, but planning a birthday party for myself gives me severe anxiety. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jun 1, 2013 - 33 answers

Spotify (or other) app to sequence existing playlist?

I've got a collaborative Spotify playlist for a party house weekend. We have a DANCE playlist and a NOT DANCE playlist. Is there a Spotify app or other service that will sequence these tracks? [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze on May 30, 2013 - 4 answers

What would be good party favors for a great-grandmother's 90th birthday?

A relative of mine's great-grandmother is having her 90th birthday party this Sunday, in New Orleans. She's expressed a wish to have each of the 25-30 guests receive a small present, up to $15 each. Any suggestions? It has to be something I can obtain and wrap before Sunday afternoon.
posted by Joe in Australia on May 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me feed my friends.

Summer recipes for a hungry crew and a cook who kind of sucks at following recipes? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on May 10, 2013 - 12 answers

I don't want to exclude this friend, but I don't want him to come either

I am celebrating my grad-school graduation, and I have a friend who has been very good to me. But he also lacks boundaries, can be pushy, gets very drunk quickly, and causes me and others a lot of stress sometimes. He clearly expects to celebrate my graduation with me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by galenka on May 9, 2013 - 37 answers

Upbeat songs for a kick-ass end of the semester cook-out?!

Looking for the happy-go-lucky-est pop/rock “oldies” you know of. The semester is finally ending and we need some good tunes to chill out to! [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on May 6, 2013 - 47 answers

Someone else is already bringing the Bug Juice . . .

We're throwing a camping-themed birthday party for a co-worker next week. I need to bring some treats! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on May 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Adult birthday ideas in the Seattle area

My husband is turning 30 in about 2 months and I need to plan a party for him in the Seattle area. I have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by Safiya on May 3, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I become a Wizard?

How do I become a Wizard? (for party planning purposes, as opposed to real magical ones). [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on May 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Small town bachelor party

Bachelor party, challenge level: wholesome time, tiny Midwestern town, Thursday night, 7 people total, best man (me) arriving in town a few hours before. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Apr 22, 2013 - 15 answers

Down the drain

For 6 weeks, due to a broken septic tank, we have been unable to put any water at all down our drains. This has involved driving to the gas station/grocery store/town park/etc every time we had to go to the bathroom. It has meant keeping buckets in all of our sinks for tooth brushing/dish washing/etc that we have to empty in our driveway whenever they fill up. It has meant either showering at the pool or, if in a rush, stopping up the drain in the bath tub and showering before work and then bucketing out the water when returning home. It has basically been like living in a 250k tent with climate control and real beds. On Monday (purportedly) it will finally be fixed. We want to have a big, water-usage themed party (sorry, environment) to celebrate this miraculous victory. Please help with suggestions. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Apr 16, 2013 - 20 answers

How does it feel? Eh, a little too obvious is how.

Help us build our goth-prom-party playlist! [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me on Apr 8, 2013 - 32 answers

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