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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Party Favors

I have 22 RSVPs for the big get-together tomorrow. This group is officially know as The Splinter Group. All own old houses and all are actively restoring them. There are a few bungalows and some stately Craftsman homes, but the majority are late Victorian. Many of the people are really, really into the whole Victoriana scene. Me, I’m mostly in it for the architecture. It truly was The Golden Age for many, but not for all, and it is a bit stuffy for my tastes. Regardless, we have all found common ground in our homes and we celebrate that which draws us together, not that which separates us.

I have been cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, and to be honest, the place still looks very much like a work-in-progress. But it is what it is, so I’m not going to let it bother me. This crowd won’t be affected by it at all. I am one of the new comers to the group and most of them have either been through this, or are going through this right now, just as I am (this being major renovations).

I thought it would be nice to hand out party favors. I remember my patents coming home from nice parties on occasion with a little gift of some sort. I thought that would be nice. I figured I would reach back in to the homes distant past and hand out little trinkets that screamed Victoriana. Little mustache combs for the men and little doilies for the ladies. That would be nice. However, that’s really not in the budget, and frankly I am way too exhausted to be crafty about it.

Instead I’m reaching in to the very recent past of the home when it was a drug infested hell hole. Here is what I was think about handing out.



I was thinking used drug needles for the ladies and a round of ammunition for the men. At the end of the night I could do a drawing for the two baggies of meth. That might be nice. Don’t you think?

9 comments:

Jocelyn said...

sounds like you'll have a good turnout. I think you'd do well to have your found objects on display (i.e. the corset etc...) I'm not sure about the needles though-maybe if they have the right sense of humour...

Kim said...

Yep, that's biohazard stuff there. Not many would get that sense of humor-I would-I'd stick with something a bit more benign. Oh, but I've having a nostalgic moment. Reminds me of the days when those needles were always washed up on the shores of Lake Erie about 20 years ago when the local hospitals somehow thought it was okay to dump their biohazards into the lake. I remember walking the beach as a child and seeing those vivid orange syringes-ah...

Anonymous said...

Since I work as a purchasing agent for a hospital, we use those plastic urinals with the lids as party favors. They're safer to resue than needles:) Fill them with beer and everyone gets a cheap stine.

Suzanne said...

Greg, you really have a wonderfully warped sense of humor.
However, since they are into Victoriana, and you don't want to spend money, make jewellery from your hair,(brooches, watch fobs)and give those out. VERY Victorian!
Good luck tomorrow, and keep the cheese and crackers stocked!

Trissa said...

I'd love to see their reaction to the party favors. I wonder if it will the idea will even come up in discussion. how about a photocopy of The Million Dollar Mystery? They might get a kick out of that. Or maybe you could have a contest and see who fits into the corset!

Gary said...

No, no, no, I've got the ultimate party game! Instead of pin the tail on the donkey, YOU PLAY "stick the needle in the junkie"!

I'm sure there's a game you can make up involving the bullets and a fireplace.....

K. said...

How about postcards entitling them to FREE membership in Houseblogs.net???

:)

Beth said...

This made me laugh and laugh and laugh....

purejuice said...

oh i missed this one. martha stewart has a feature this month (4/07) on shadow boxes, how to make little framed display cases for your treasures. i think these would look adorable arranged artistically against period wallpaper, in a little redwood frame, don't you?