Time For Celebrating
February 2 is the day our favorite groundhog peeks his head out of his burrow to let us know if we'll have an early spring or suffer through another six weeks of winter. Groundhog Day is almost exactly halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Both are reasons for celebrating, so why not throw a special party to honor the coming or going of the season? Even better, just have a Groundhog Day party for something to look forward to during the coldest and darkest days of the year. Here are 4 ideas for hosting a Groundhog Day Party.
We usually reserve dressing up for Halloween, but a costume party might be just what you need to get your friends out of their winter funk. The creative challenge warms their brains and gets them excited to get out and about after a month without a holiday. Top hats and tails is what they wear in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, home of our favorite groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Your guests can do the same if the spirit moves them. More outgoing guests can dress up as groundhogs -- they can warm your heart even if it's cold outside! For the prognosticators in your bunch, have them dress up in spring or winter-inspired costumes to give the party a visual display of how they believe the revered rodent will sway. For those who really want to get clever, let them dress up as something from Bill Murray's movie Groundhog Day -- other party goers can guess their costumes to make it interesting.
There are so many ways to get creative with your party treats! Use Punxsutawney Phil as your inspiration by making chocolate cupcakes with green frosting to represent the hill where he burrows. You can decorate it according to what you think he'll predict; if you think it's going to be another six weeks of winter, use vanilla frosting to represent snow. If cookies are more your speed, make chocolate shortbread cookies and use an upside down heart to decorate as the groundhog's face. For savory snacks, try making a cheese ball in the shape of Gobbler's Knob (where Punxsutawney Phil resides). Rather than using the typical pecans on the outside, use a mix of pistachios and fresh parsley to make it look like a grass-covered hill. If you want something warm and hearty, try green chili to represent spring and white bean chili to represent winter.
You can't have a party without a suitable cocktail! As you might with the food, choose drinks based on the season and let your guests decide if they're going to take the optimistic beverage or opt for a drink of doom. For those adopting positive thinking, try giving them spring cocktails like a Pimm's cup or a mojito to capture the flavor of a warmer time. For those holding on to winter, offer a warm cocktail like an Irish coffee or a spiced bourbon toddy to indulge their wintry ways.
Half & Half
If you really want to take your party to the next level, do your entertaining inside AND outside! Pull off the outdoor furniture covers for the day and let your optimistic guests socialize outdoors. Perhaps you can light the grill for a few tasty treats while the pessimists stay inside for the next six weeks to sip their mugs of cocoa.