Winter Solstice Invitations

The last time (which was the first time) I held a party. People complained bitterly that I didn't give enough notice. Therefore, consider yourself notified.
I will be throwing the virtual doors of Palais de Roses open next Monday (21st December) to celebrate the Winter Solstice. It's that time of year when we gather to mark the turning of the Wheel of the Year. We give thanks for the blessings we have received and look forward for the lengthening of the days. It's the time of year when we turn inwards and reflect on the goals we will be setting ourselves for the coming year.
It is also the best time to indulge in our friendships and loves. Giving tokens of appreciation. Whether homemade or shop-bought, it's a time for pressies! Woo Hoo!

And I fully expect we'll be indulging in a lot of this:

Let's have a good old knees up!


  1. I always feel a 'knees up' sounds very rude.

  2. dave ~ that's because you have a filthy mind. It's not that kind of party.

  3. I would like to reserve a spot under the kitchen table again. Just in case.

  4. Winter Solstice party, excellent. Can we bring Lily and Oz? They will behave themselves, providing you don't let Oz (or Rog) near the punch. Being French, Lily's tipple is Cointreau. Mine is anything in a bottle!

  5. sounds like a very good plan, sugar! i'll bring some champagne. xoxoxox

  6. xl ~ I'll get the 'reserved' sign ready for you.

    mrs rhine ~ bring the family. Oz and Lily can annoy the Cat. How's Rog with mulled wine? There will be a huge vat of it.

    savannah ~ fabulous. I like your style. Will you be bringing the rest of the family? The more the merrier.

  7. Excellent - I missed the last party so count me in on this one!

    Maybe some riotous fun will kickstart monkey baby into making an appearance....

  8. Thank you for your kind invitation. I'll drop by happily. Knees up? The remarks that pop up in my head are in German and untranslatabel, at least I'm not sufficiently enough in command of this fine language ... like "mulled wine"? Another mystery. Will it be a party like this? Then I'd prefer you opening the door. :)

  9. nm ~ nothing like a bit of dancing to get things going. Not to mention a few glasses of gin.

    mago ~ knees up refers to the drunk dancing that Dave will be doing well into the early hours. Mulled wine is a marvelous concoction of warmed red wine, spiced with orange peel, cloves and cinnamon. Yummy.

  10. PS. This is a festive party, not fancy dress.

  11. Oh, Glühwein! The good self-made one. What they sell in bottles as "Christkindl-Glühwein" or "Original Nürnberger Glühwein" is mostly a case for the ER - you get a headache from the fumes while warming it up. Or you go hardcore, boil the soup up, pour rum in the cup and ad a little of that red billy just for fun, but I'm not eighteen anymore.
    For the dress code, thank you for the clarification, I'll show up in a civilized way, after all it's a kind of neighbourhoodly booziness.

    You do Tango?

  12. mago ~ bring the necessary ingredients with you and we can compare and contrast.

    Yes, my dear, I tango.

  13. Sounds good.
    I'll be there - snow permitting.
    Mulled wine might be nice - but not too hot or all the alcohol will have evaporated.

  14. I'll come - I have a bottle of mulled cider that seems perfect for the occasion.

  15. If I may, I'll reserve the space I occupied last time...and xl will just have to beat me to the underside of that table!

  16. Whatto! Will there be any 'Tupperware' or 'Ann Summers' products available? I'm just trying to find out at what level to pitch my fancy dress outfit....

  17. Morning ... this shed is just on my way home, I saw the light adn thought I have a look.
    I'll better soldier on now, 'til later.

  18. kaz ~ trust me, I know what I'm doing with the mulled wine. Failing that, we'll just drink ordinary wine straight out the bottle. I made sure I've got some white in for you.

    sanddancer ~ bring it on.

    cogidubnus ~ I look forward to see who wins.

    lord noel ~ it's not THAT kind of party.

    mago ~ you should have knocked on the door, I was getting things set up.


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