2009 Broaddus Family Christmas Party

With the second novel of my Knights of Breton Court series done (finished about 12 hours before this picture was taken) and the contents for the Dark Faith anthology set, the Broaddus family turns its attentions to entering the Christmas season with our tenth annual themed Christmas party. They started out as murder mystery dinners but quickly got too large. This year’s theme was “Musicals” though we were very generous about what was considered a musical. Any excuse to celebrate with our friends/family.

Your hosts

With lips (and yes, for those following along on my Twitter, I finally got the lips removed from my head)

Dueling Sweeney Todds

best male and best female costume winners

You can check out the full gallery on my facebook (or view even more shots at my wife’s facebook account). One more time though, our very strange family. We wouldn’t have them any other way:

Hosting a Successful Party

Okay, it’s officially Christmas Season. How do I know? The Broaddus’ hosted our ninth annual Christmas Party for friends and family. These things started off as murder mysteries (because, you know, nothing says “Happy Birthday, Jesus” like killing off your guests), but by the third year, the amount of guests made this unwieldy. So we kept the costume idea and went with themes. This year’s theme was “The 1950s”. I’d like to offer up some tips for hosting a successful party:
The host is present to greet all of their arriving guests and make them feel comfortable. (This is especially key when you’re throwing together folks from different areas of your life, say your church folks, your horror writing friends, family, and folks you grew up with).

Food. Drinks. Entertainment. We had a volunteer to handle our onsite cooking. We turned the Broaddus compound into a 1950s diner and served that kind of menu, including root beer floats. (All with my father’s doo wop collection playing as background music).

There’s also the tradition of the “Broaddus family players” making a movie to go along with the theme. This year’s movie was “Grease-Y” and once again, is not meant to see the light of day (screw you, YouTube!). No, we’re not showing them at Mo*Con either.

Interesting people.

(my lovely co-host)

(my faithful assistant, who, oddly enough, is now screaming for a raise. Apparently boob adjustment is not in her contract.)
(If you aren’t a fan of Mad Men, you won’t get Don Draper. But you have to love a friend who’ll dress us just for a joke only the two of you will get)

(Our dueling Lucys. Lucy on the right won best female costume over Lucy on the left. I, your host, won best (sorta) male costume.)

(Absolutely wrong costume of the night went to my sister and her husband and brother-in-law who came as segregation. Yes, she’s a “Colored Only” drinking fountain).

And yes, it was pure joy trying to explain segregation to my boys:

Me: Yes, we used to make black people do things in one place and white people do the same things somewhere else. This is what happens when grown ups rule the world.
Reese: But we’re mixed. What about us?
Me: Well, because of how you look, you would have had to make a choice. You guys could pass for white and that’s what some people chose to do rather than admit they were half black.
Malcolm: Daddy, I’d have chosen to be white. It sounds easier.

Back to party tips … Toss in good (though often loud) conversations, an environment of love, welcoming, and hospitality, and you’re guaranteed having to kick people out so you can finally going to bed.

Here’s a fuller set of pictures if you’re interested.

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It’s Christmas Season

For me, there are a few tell tale signs that it’s officially Christmas season:

1) I hear “Silent Night” by the Temptations

2) I have my Christmas Party.

Yes, it’s that time. My Christmas parties began as murder mystery parties (because, you know, nothing says happy birthday Jesus like killing off your guests), but they started getting a little unwieldy. We’ve had “Christmas at the OK Corral,” “Christmas at Camelot,” “Murder on Space Station X,” “Christmas at the Cotton Club,” “That 70s Party,” and “Pirates and the Caribbean”. No matter the size, it stresses me out every year, and much to your relief gentle reader, it cut into my blogging time.

This year had an Asian theme, with your host

accompanied by his message board moderators

For those complaining that I never have pictures of my wife often enough, here she is as the winner of Best Costume 2006 (female)

However, your host lost Best Costume 2006 (male) to the geisha twins

In the Caption This Department: “What’s up, my nigga?”

Followed by the only proper response

Remember, friends are the family that you choose.

Now get the hell out of my house already.

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