When the phrase “home for the holidays” comes to mind, people often think of gathering with friends and family, happy memories, the warmth of holiday cheer and celebrating old and new traditions.
The Christmas cocktail party Home for the Holidays on Dec. 3, hosted by The Little Black Dress Alliance and Marshall County Arts Cooperative, hopes to bring those feelings to life.
The newly themed semi-formal event, which is open to the public, runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art, Marysville.
Home for the Holidays offers the opportunity to gather with friends and make new acquaintances.
“Events like this help build community. This gives people the chance to get know to people they otherwise might not meet,” said Wayne Kruse, MCAC board member. “The benefit of two organizations working together is that they bring different strengths to the table, and they bring different supporters, too. When these supporters get together it is a chance to meet new people, engage in different conversations and build relationships. That is what is at the core of community — relationships.”
The groups hope to attract a variety of guests throughout the area.
“It is a wonderful way to kick-start your holiday season,” said Barb Kickhaefer, Marysville. “Who doesn’t like to get dressed up and enjoy a delicious dessert bar and festive signature drinks with family and friends? Add to that good music and the atmosphere of the Art Center and you have the perfect ingredients for a memorable night.”
Kruse said that when people arrive, they will be invited to a Christmas sweet buffet. Cookies, candies, snacks and other desserts will be served.
“About 15 local bakers are sharing their favorite Christmas recipes with us so we will have quite a variety of treats,” he said. “Later in the evening we will serve breakfast. Homemade cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy, sausage links, and fruit are on the menu. We want to recreate that breakfast-on-Christmas-morning feeling when you are still in your pajamas and you gather around for a comfy meal. Serving breakfast gives us a different spin on food to serve at an affair like this.”
Drinks will be included in the ticket price for the first two hours of the event.
“We will have beer, wine and two seasonal hot cocktails, which will be available with or without liquor,” said Jamie Anderson, LBDA member. “The hot cocktails, especially for the evening’s theme, we hope will make the guests feel right at home with a warm mug in their hands. We know they will go perfectly with a plate full of Christmas goodies, too.”
Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. They are for sale at the Marysville Advocate, 107 S. Ninth St., 785-562-2317, or from any LBDA or MCAC member. Information is available from LBDA member and event chair Ashley Kracht, 785-562-6835.