Throwing Parties – Do you like it or not?

posted 2 years ago in Parties
  • poll: Do you like throwing or attending parties & showers? What about gift giving?
    I love throwing/attending parties and I'm a fan of giving gifts : (14 votes)
    52 %
    I love throwing/attending parties but find gift giving burdensome : (5 votes)
    19 %
    I'd rather do without throwing/attending parties, but I like giving gifts for occasions : (5 votes)
    19 %
    I'd rather do without throwing/attending parties and find gift giving burdensome : (3 votes)
    11 %
    I hate parties and think gifts are greedy : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    8909 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • 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
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    42490 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
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    823 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    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
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    869 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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
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    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
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    2197 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    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
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    1077 posts
    Bumble bee

    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
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    437 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
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    567 posts
    Busy bee

    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
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    280 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    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
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    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    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
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    2018 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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.

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