A little help here.

This morning, I turned on the television to get the weather from Al Roker on the Today show, one of those hard hitting morning news shows. I was treated to a segment on five things every Christmas party hostess should know. Unfortunately, I got up to let the dog out and was captivated by a hawk in one of our walnut trees, now devoid of leaves. It almost looked big enough to eat our dog so I whistled for her to come in the house. Naturally, like most females I deal with on a daily basis, she paid no attention to me. Luckily, the hawk must have spotted something else for its breakfast and flew off towards the neighbors.

Now, my problem. I completely missed the tips on hosting Christmas parties and I had just been contemplating hosting one myself (with Susie’s help, of course.) So, having missed out on the proper things to do, I’m just going to have to wing it, hopefully with the help of anyone who might read this. Can you tell me:

1. Is it proper to dictate a dress code, i.e. – NO wife beaters or bowling shirts (even if you did just wash yours)?

2. Where can I find those little paper umbrellas that you see in the fancy drinks the beautiful people are sipping on the cruise ship commercials? They would go perfect with what I am planning to have for drinks – Chilled Mountain Dew with a maraschino cherry.
2a. Is the mountain dew a little too fancy for a casual setting?

3. If I serve barbequed turkey legs, should I tell the guests that’s its okay to just pick up a leg with their hands and gnaw on it or does that just go without saying?

I have more questions but if y’all can help with these 3, it will be a good start.

Thanks,
g2

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About geetwo

I am a 69 year old (in 2009) retired I.T. consultant. My wife, Susie and I travel in an RV 6 to 8 months a year. I write a humor / travel column for several print publications on a weekly basis.
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