Good Grief! beer and cheese party tips

hostess gifts
I finally had the beer and cheese party this weekend. Here are a few strategies for hosting your own beer and cheese shindig (Apartment Therapy published some helpful holiday party tips last month, but a few important guidelines were missing).

  • That citronella torch fuel you spilled on the deck last summer never really went away–it will materialize in wet weather, creating a treacherous, slippery mess.
  • Your wonderful friends know that their presence is the best thing they can bring to the party. Even so, many will show up with wine, beer, food, and other thoughtful hostess gifts (see picture). If you do not receive at least one pair of Hello Kitty underwear from your guests, you should get new friends.
  • Burn some mix CDs for the party and put them on shuffle. Important: if you’re burning a lot of music, you will end up with at least one bum CD, which you must find and destroy. Otherwise, your guests may be subjected to 45 minutes of a continuously looping Max Raabe song.
  • Your guests deserve the best. If you’ve been saving that Hello Kitty hand soap for a special occasion, now is the time bring it on out!

11 responses to “Good Grief! beer and cheese party tips”

  1. Kitty

    One of my favorite party “things” to do when still living in apartments was to fill the medicine cabinet with marbles before the party and wait … someone going into the bathroom would always ultimately want to snoop and … pling, pling, pling, pling … marbles bouncing all over the countertop, the floor and everywhere. The fun part was guessing JUST HOW LONG the snooper would stay IN the bathroom before coming back out.

  2. Serenity

    Hey! NO ONE is special enough for me to break out with the Hello Kitty stuff! That’s strictly for me!

  3. Blankbaby

    Good grief that’s a lot of beer and cheese

    Becky, of Good Grief! fame, held a Beer and Cheese party on Friday, and was kind enough to invite me. Normally I am a reticent fellow, pained at the thought of leaving stately Blankbaby Manor, but the times they are

  4. Scott

    Thanks again for inviting me, Becky.

    You’re the hostess with the mostess!

    And I am glad that you shared your Hello Kitty hand soap, I like it!

  5. Jen

    Kitty — I’m going to have to remember that little tip for the next party I have.

  6. yoko

    Oh, the Hello Kitty underwear. Um, I deny any knowledge of its appearance.

    I had a swell time– thanks, Becky!

  7. The Ballad of Yoko

    Stinky Cheese, Breakfalls, and Foul-Mouthed Knitting

    Whew. What a weekend. Friday night was spent at Becky S’s infamous Beer and Cheese party. A fine assortment of beers, homebrewed, domestic, and imported; and of cheeses, some artisanal, from all over the globe. And delightful cookies, finger sandwiches,

  8. The Ballad of Yoko

    Stinky Cheese, Breakfalls, and Foul-Mouthed Knitting

    Whew. What a weekend. Friday night was spent at Becky S’s infamous Beer and Cheese party. A fine assortment of beers, homebrewed, domestic, and imported; and of cheeses, some artisanal, from all over the globe. And delightful cookies, finger sandwiches,

  9. Scott

    On an unrelated note, how is that rash of yours doing?

  10. Sassy J

    If you are going to have something perpetually loop Max Raabe is a good choice. Set in such an elegant atmosphere–candlelight, sumptuous cheeses from around the world, perfect accoutrements for nibbling, imbibing and presentation, and sparkling Hello Kitty soap–it was definitely a fromage fete to remember.

  11. Becky

    Oh, Scott, you are ever so amusing.

    See Sassy J’s comment–now there’s a woman who knows how to get invited back for another party! Flattery will get you everywhere…