Leftover parties – great idea!

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Annie Joubert

Annie JoubertOne of the advantages of leaving a cold and wet Britain for a temperate climate for Christmas, is that when you get back home your fridge is clean and empty awaiting the introduction of healthy food to assist in the shedding of extra pounds gained during the holiday. In other words, no leftovers.

However, this year, we were delighted to receive an invitation to attend a “leftovers party” on Boxing Day afternoon which coincided with our return.  There were 14 adults altogether who had catered across four separate Christmas Day feasts – and because we didn’t have any leftovers, we contributed a couple of bottles of wine and some cakes that we brought back with us.

The range of food was phenomenal – roast turkey became turkey curry, or if your palate preferred turkey a la King. Roast beef was minced up for spicy meatballs or Bolognese to accompany rice or fresh pasta and the gammon was used in small toasted sandwiches served as a late supper snack at about 11pm!

cheesesAdded to all of that were some patés and some wonderful cheeses that people nibbled on whilst the inevitable party games were being played. Everyone concerned thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I couldn’t get over what a great idea it was to pool the leftovers and make yet another party out of them!

All of this got me thinking that shared parties are definitely the way forward for a year with such economic instability. A number of my friends bemoan the fact that their children get invited to something like four different birthday parties a month, each with the same guests.

With some planning, why couldn’t this become one combined party on a Saturday or Sunday that is convenient to all concerned?  As far as the pressies are concerned, what about a nominal contribution per guest to a cash pot that is distributed equally amongst the birthday girls/boys to choose something they really, really want rather than receive a lot of little, individually wrapped, economy-driven gifts?

Obviously there would have to be some sums done to make sure that there was some financial value and justification to this suggestion, and, of course, to undertake a quick ring round to get other parents’ views.

There would also have to be a will on all sides to make it work! Worth a thought?