Wedding Re-Gift White Elephant Party
Price: Cost of Food
Location: A home, a coffee shop
In December we were invited to holiday bonfire/white elephant gift exchange with some friends from church. After we laughed about many of the funny gifts we got on the topic of the funny wedding gifts each of us had received. We really know most people mean well, but sometimes it's just so hard not to laugh at a gift like t-shirts with your wedding announcement picture screen printed on the front. We all had our share of really funny gifts, mostly from sweet elderly people who came up with some of the funniest things. Sometimes you just want to give those people a hug and say "next time just send a card with well-wishes!"
We had such a good time just talking about one or two funny stories that we decided we would re-create our worst wedding gift (or include the original if you're like us and still considered "newly-weds" for 3 more weeks) and have a white elephant gift exchange with those items, or the wedding "re-gift" exchange. We deemed a Valentine's group date with a romantic dinner and a wedding gift-exchange would be the perfect way to pull of this party and give everyone time to find something like their gift. However, we have to laugh about the fact that most people still have it because we have some secret fear that the person will find that plaque/sombrero/toilet bowl scrubber with our last name engraved and know we donated to Goodwill.
We were happy to host 6 couples for this date we've been scheming on for a little while now.
We started out with a fondue dinner. This time we tried a cheddar cheese recipe- and really enjoyed it! Dipping turkey, ham, and salami cubes makes a great protein and then we added blanched asparagus and carrots to mix. Apples are also great in cheese and chocolate so we had plenty of those...and of course lots of yummy artisan bread.
For dessert we went classic with chocolate. We dipped bananas, apples, strawberries, pretzels, gummy bears, marshmallows, and rice crispy treats into the chocolate. It was great to make it to dessert- we don't always get there since we fill up on the cheese portion so quickly!
And after a lot of laughs and great conversation we moved on to the truly funny part of the night. We did our "re-gift" exchange following the traditional rules of a white elephant: everyone goes around and opens a gift and then there are 2 rounds where you can trade someone for what they have. After something has been traded twice it's safe and you get to keep it.
We were thrilled to find an awesome kite from Rebecca and Caleb. Jacob unwrapped it because "I went for the biggest!" Jacob even stated, "Um we'll use this on a date!" Followed by Camille shaking her head trying to communicate "Don't say that out loud- someone will steal!"
And may we add, we were thrilled to re-steal the kite on round 2 and have a great spring date courtesy of one funny gift to one couple!