One of the features of this site is a profile of an internet someone whose entertaining style I admire.
The first victim of my adoration is my long time internet friend Aubrey Sabala, a wildly talented lady writing online as long as me.
Every month, Aubrey posts a music mix of her favorite artists. She doesn’t know that I use them as the perfect dinner party soundtracks. Because as someone without a lot of time to actively search out new music, I trust Aubrey to do it for me. Her elevated musical taste has since inspired loads of album purchases.
Tell me about a fun celebration you hosted. What made it successful?
My favorite party of the year is my annual “White Elephant” party. I’ve hosted this annually for the past five years in San Francisco, and pretty much invite everyone I know, which leads to sixty+ drunk people squeezing in a living room fighting for such wonders as a Pogo Ball (with custom Pogo Ball playlist), meat socks (exactly what they sound like) and pasties. (Yep. I “won” those.) Some years, most everyone knows each other, but it’s a ton more fun when you add newcomers + alcohol + crappy gifts…let’s just say that debauchery has been known to ensue. (Apparently my kitchen is an aphrodisiac, and not just due to the proximity to the Two Buck Chuck.) I always end up standing on my coffee table in a Mrs. Claus outfit not fit for outside consumption hollering at people that they can only regift once. And to stop giving my dog booze. ‘Tis the Season, indeed.
What’s a party tip that might not be obvious?
Usually best for weddings, but people always screw up reply card. Create an excel spreadsheet and assign each invitation a number, and then in pencil (lightly) put the assigned number on the back right corner. That way, when Jane “Doesn’t Know Wediquette” Smith replies without letting you know if she and her sweetie are coming, you’ll know it’s her from matching it to the Excel spreadsheet. Then send her an Emily Post book.
Do you have a signature drink or party snack? Do you mind sharing the ingredients?
Oh, I do. It’s not classy, but damn, it’s tasty. And simple. Preheat the oven for 375 degrees and get out a pie plate. (The tinfoil type works.) Take one box of Philadelphia Cream Cheese and spread it evenly on the bottom of the pie plate. Open a can of Hormel Chili – No Beans (you can use Turkey Chili if you want) and spread that on top. Top it with a bag of shredded cheese (I use Kraft Taco Cheese), making sure it covers all of the chili. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted. Serve with nachos and BAM! Best taco dip around. Promise.
One word to sum up your hosting style.
QuicknEasy? Is that one word? No? Ok, maybe Auspicious. Or, Saucy.
What’s your favorite song to dance to at the end of the night?
Turn on “Milli Vanilli Radio” on Pandora and your soundtrack for the night is set. But have “Journey Radio” on backup. Just in case people stop believin’…
Thanks Aubs for being the first Party Person interviewed! If you’re interested in being interviewed, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!