I've gotten some great tips and ideas here, hoping for some feedback...TIA!
1. Would it be ok to hold a "holiday housewarming open house" from 3-7, inviting adults only and serving beer, wine and heavy apps (Sat after x-mas)?
We want to have it early as we live a long drive (1-1.5hrs) from most of our guests and don't like the idea of late night drunk driving...
No kids b/c, well we don't have kids ourselves, we'd like to have that cocktail party feel, one of our dogs is skitish around kids she doesn't know(yes we are working on that with a trainer)and one our guests (obligation invite - hubbies family) has the worst behaved kids ever and no one has gotten this through to her!!
2. If guests ask to bring something, is it ever okay to request a specific item you know they make well or that you need (i.e. chips/salsa/guac)?
3. I usually call or email my guests if they don't RSVP, a friend told me this was rude...is that true?
4. Do you ever worry about mixing groups/friends? We have some very different age groups, socieconomic backgrounds and political ideologies...I get nervous, am I being too uptight?
Finally, any ideas of suggestions to share?