Post # 1
I for one love to throw a good party. I love to think about the decorations and the food. If it’s a shower or a birthday, I love to think of the perfect present to show the recipient that I care about them. I also like going to parties that I haven’t organized, as well.
I get the impression that I’m not in the majority. I see so many posts from people who don’t like throwing parties, don’t like giving gifts, and wouldn’t want to have a party thrown for them.
Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I do like throwing parties, or at least the outcome – a fun get-together at our house. But I also find it kinda stressful… Worrying about whether people are having fun, like the food, enjoy the company, etc. I’d much rather go to someone else’s party where I can just relax and have some drinks!
Post # 3
nadnuk: I like hosting parties, from intimate dinner parties to cocktail parties, showers etc.
I think most people worry way too much when they are hosting and it takes the fun out of it for them and sometimes their guests. People love to get together and will appreciate almost anything in the way of food and beverages.
I also like being a guest, because then I get to enjoy the get together from a different perspective.
Post # 4
I don’t mind hosting parties if it’s like a get together at our house, but I stress out a little more when it’s something like a shower. I much prefer being a guest!
Post # 5
I would much rather throw a party than attend one. I’m a bit of an introvert, so throwing the party gives me the excuse to not have to talk to everyone the entire time, because I’m busy getting more food or cleaning up or whatever.
Post # 6
nadnuk: I love throwing parties, but they do get expensive when you are the host – depending on where you are having the party. If I had a house, I would be able to throw a more affordable party – it would be so much easier to have some food catered, people can bring stuff, I can make some dishes as well.
FOr instance – I just threw my husband a surprise 30th party – and everything was perfect, but it was not cheap. I had to limit who I invited because I held it at a restaurant where I had to pay per person
Post # 7
I love to host parties! Our place is kinda small so it’s usually a small, intimate dinner or brunch. I’m a big foodie and love to cook! I have also hosted a baby shower at a restaurant (with huge attention to detail) and often help my parents with parties at their home. I also love to give thoughtful gifts. 🙂
I will admit, I’m a little critical when it comes to other people’s parties. It’s not so much the theme or details, but the host themselves. I cannot stand when someone hosts a party but isn’t a good host. Meaning they just sit and talk with their close friend and don’t make introductions amongst people that don’t know eachother or they are so focused on cooking/laying out food that they ignore guests. I like a host to be involved.
Post # 8
I’ve pretty much turned into a domestic diva. I absolutely love throwing parties and giving gifts. My hubby jokes I should be an event planner. I don’t mind the stress, the planning, the cleaning, etc.
Post # 9
I HATE throwing parties. I would be satisfied if I never had to host anyone at my house ever lol. My husband is the same way, but unfortunately our family does not like that and think we come off as greedy Bc we go to theirs. Honestly, for me, it is an anxiety thing. I have superrrrr bad anxiety and the thought of having to cook, clean and entertain frightens me! I hope I am not the only one!! Lol
Post # 10
nadnuk: love throwing parties! and giving gifts! I hold a Christmas Eve party every year for my group of friends and tend to go all out for it. I look forward to it but my bank account doesn’t!
Post # 11
bootsky: You are absolutely not the only one. I absolutely HATE hosting people at my house. Obviously if it’s family, I can grit my teeth and do it, but otherwise, no thank you.
OP I do love gift giving. I get really pumped to give someone an amazing present that I know they’ll love.
Post # 12
I love hosting parties, but not having them thrown for me. and I enjoy purchasing gifts for people (not off registry and not giving cash) but I don’t like receiving gifts at all (unless it is something small and thoughtful). I would rather people donate to a charity in my honour, tbh.
Post # 13
nadnuk: I love the potential for reciprocity that parties represent. There is great pleasure to be gained in hosting one’s friends, being hosted by them, and in both selecting and receiving thoughtful gifts that are selected freely and received as physical tokens of a much deeper bond.