Accidental Parties: You Can't Plan This Kind of Fun

Accidental Parties: You Can't Plan This Kind of Fun

Tess Wilson
Nov 8, 2010

At the end of a recent (and fabulous) evening, the host commented to the hostess, "This was the best party we've had in a long time", to which she replied, "What are you talking about? This wasn't a party!" But it was, and a really good one at that...

Though there hadn't been invitations, eight of us found ourselves gathered around hot-from-the-oven vegan taquitos and a package of Newman-O's, and couldn't have been happier to be there. Someone ran to the corner store for a little bottle of Maker's Mark for the girls to share, we laughed in horror at the Jersey Shore marathon (the first time any of us had seen the show), recipes were shared and debated, and a long-ago tale of an evening in drag was such a hit it had to be told twice. Definitely one of the best parties in a long time, thanks to nothing more than welcoming hosts, simple & generous food, and plenty of party spirit.

What elements make a party? Have you been happily surprised to find yourself suddenly hosting- or attending- a party?

Image: Untitled #71 by Laura Letinsky, Chicago Contemporary Art Museum, via OhJoy!

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