How about stepping away from the crowd to invent your own holiday? One that has special meaning for you and a few select guests. An event catering to your particular interests… your passions…even your obsessions.
It’s easy to determine what to celebrate; just think about what fires you up the most. Make a list of people you like who share your interest. Then comes the fun part: designing a party or even an entire day that allows you and your guests to indulge with abandon in your passion.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking.
Television Tie-in. Wouldn’t it be fun to star in your own episode of your favorite TV show? On my own back burner is a Seinfeld party where fellow fans and I could relive what I consider the funniest TV show of all time. I would put the names of every character I can think of from the series in two hats, one for each gender. As guests arrive, they’d pick a character and “be” him or her for a designated length of time. As hosts, my wife and I would play Elaine and Jerry, of course.
Party Tip: a CD with a laugh track that could be turned on and off as punch lines are delivered.
Shoe Soiree. They say you can’t have too many pairs of shoes. So why don’t you and your friends put your best foot forward at a “well-heeled” party? Have everyone bring several pairs of shoes that you can all compare. Guests pick their favorites from a lineup and vote to determine “Best in Shoe.”
Party Tip: Serve shoe-shaped cookies and drink cocktails out of glass slippers (available at party stores).
Family Role-Play Day. Have your family members put their names in a hat and each pick one. They have to act like that family member for the rest of the day. In addition to being fun, this role-playing may provide family members with new insights about their relationships.
Party Tip: Make a video of family members offering comments to the camera as their “characters” would (à la Modern Family and The Office) and post it on Facebook.
Specialty Reunion. Reunions aren’t just for family members or graduation classes. Try organizing a group of co-workers from a choice era of your career, fellow players on a past sports team, the cast of a community theater production you were in…or any group of simpatico compadres.
Party Tip: Make a trivia contest covering fun facts about experiences shared by the attendees way back when.
The Take-the-Sting-Out-of-Bad-News Party. In his marvelous novel Crooked Hearts, Robert Boswell depicts the quirky Warren family, who had an interesting tradition: throwing a bash after bad news. When a Warren blew a science project, dropped out of college, announced a divorce, or endured any serious mishap, the Christmas lights went up and the dancing started. What better time to lift the spirits than when they’re at rock bottom?
12 Strange But True Holidays
Here’s how to fill the gaps between “real” holidays throughout the year. (But don’t expect any paid time off for these offbeat commemorations!) Check out Holiday Insights for other strange but true holidays.
January 16 National Nothing Day
February 6 Lame Duck Day
March 3 If Pets Had Thumbs Day
April 8 International Moment of Laughter Day
May 14 Dance Like a Chicken Day
June 1 Flip a Coin Day
July 13 Embrace Your Geekness Day
August 6 Wiggle Your Toes Day
September 19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day
October 2 Name Your Car Day
November 6 Marooned Without a Compass Day
December 23 Festivus (for the rest of us)