It was an extraordinary year full of surprises, small and big adventures as well as new and old aquaintances. Some people were gone, some new are found. In the end, I think it was a good one, but I’m still hoping the fresh year will be even better!
I’m looking forward to 2012 and wish you all a nice party tonight. Have fun with your friends and everyone you want to spent this big time with! See you next year!
Gomorrha by Roberto Saviano (Picture credit and small review, ENGLISH): Another book of our Literature Circle. I learnt a lot about the Camorra and their networking with the industry in general. Nevertheless, I was not really into his writing style. Roberto Saviano sacrificed a lot by publishing this book – his private life, his friends and his own future. He still lives in Italy as political writer (under constant protection in a hidden place) instead of assume a different identity in another country, which I think is incredible brave!
One Day by David Nicholls(Picture credit and review): Since the film is out, I think everyone knows what this book is about – girl meets boy and the readers follows their destiny over the next two decades, by getting the view points of either Emma or Dexter on the 15th of July of each year. The book really took me from the start and I never expected the end. Fantastic!
This Body Of Death by Elizabeth George(Picture Credit): Another crime novel, this time by Elizabeth George, whose Inspector Lynley always investigates the worst cases. I read the whole Lynley series and in my opinion his personal development is an important factor for the book’s success.
What can you eat at a New Year’s Party? Mmh, that’s an easy one – FONDUE! Nothing is better than to enjoy the melting warmth together with a long chat with dear friends around a hot pot of broth/cheese/chocolate…
Last week of the year always means to have a look back onto the last twelve months. That’s why I present you today my (completely personal) list of the 20 songs of the year 2011. Have fun while listening and I would be happy to read what your favorite songs were.
Here they come, the final days of this year. So, this week is dedicated to everything that has to do with party, celebrating, the past and the coming year.
I would like to begin with a topic I promised potential new readers of My so-called Luck on a party last week – PARTY GAMES! They are badly needed either as warm-up at a party where not many people know each other (yet) or if the party is going on very well and people are just in the mood for playing.
Here comes a list with my games suggestions:
1. Who am I? – Wer bin ich?
I played this one last month with a bunch of girls at a X-Mas Party. It was hilarous…and I was Jesus! HERE you find an instruction.
2. Spin the bottle/Truth or dare – Flaschendrehen/Wahrheit oder Pflicht
Okay, that’s the one we all played as teens in strong anticipation of our first kiss (a German instruction plus ideas for truth AND dare you find HERE). But when I’m thinking about it, I would really like to play it again. Maybe in combination with these great conversation starter cards (either in English or in German).
3. German New Years Eve tradition: Lead Pouring/Bleigießen
Meld the lead over a candle, then shock-freeze it in cool water and, afterwards, analyze the form. It will make predictions of how your next year will turn out to be. Great fun! And wild predictions…
This game is quite psychological since you have to identify the murderer or you will be killed by him very soon… In the end every guest is under suspicion.
5. Wooden spoons
Hmm, guessing someones identity by feeling him with wooden spoons? Sounds strange, could be fun…. HERE is an instruction.
6. Lines from a hat
If you are a bunch of people knowing each other very well, this improv game may be a great laugh!
7. Bop it
You have to pay for it once, but I KNOW it’s worth it. It was the biggest fun on every party I ever saw it. You may buy it HERE.
What are your favorite party games? Tell me!
Like always: All credits appear after clicking the links.
The weather forecast for Germany is not very promising in terms of a white X-Mas. Nevertheless, I would like to show you these beautiful pictures of single snow crystals. Each unique in its shape. Magic! Isn’t nature the best artist around us?
What would X-Mas be like without a hot cup of mulled wine in your hands? I really cannot imagine to stand in the freezing cold on a X-Mas market without it. Here I present you a small collection for easy-to-prepare-at-home punch recipes.
Enjoy and keep warm!
The classic mulled wine:THIS is the recipe I’m using since a few years (german) and THIS is the Jamie Oliver’s instruction (english).