An Introvert’s Guide To Hosting A New Year’s Party

I always spend New Year’s Eve with my sister and cousin. There’s just the three of us, but we call it a party anyway. The tradition started with my cousin’s family hosting much larger New Year’s parties, and then after those went away the three of us just kept spending New Years together.

Though one of us (my cousin) is an ENFP, our New Year’s parties are very much something you could describe as introverted. There’s a small number of people and the party activities are generally relaxed, stay-at-home sorts of things. And because our sort of New Year’s party is clearly the best kind there is, I’ve made this helpful little guide to help other introverts (and those who like “introverted” parties) to host their own.

How To Host An Introverted New Year’s Party

Step One: Decline all invitations to traditional New Year’s parties.

Step Two: Find a small number of people you enjoy being around and who will get along well with each other. Read more

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Best INFJ Images and Cartoons

I’m usually focused on serious stuff when discussing INFJs, but today I wanted something more lighthearted. We INFJs are deep thinking and often come across as serious, but we can also be fun-loving and positive. Many of us also like art and creative things, so you end up with doodles, comics, and cartoons describing us that range from screenshots with a caption to the elaborate “Care and Feeding of INFJs” Prezi. Here are a few of my favorites, but before we go any farther in this post …

A reminder

… I just wanted to remind you all that you’re invited to a Live Facebook event this Thursday evening (August 7th) at 8:00 pm EST for a company called Trades of Hope. Their mission is to give women around the world a chance to provide for themselves and their families by selling beautiful handmade items. The artists are from all over the world, and  you’ll learn more about them if you join us Thursday (you will need to friend me to access the event). There’s no pressure to buy, and I really do think you’ll find this company interesting and inspiring, as I do.

INFJ Images

I’m not sure this one was put together by an INFJ, but it was posted on the Introvert, Dear Facebook page, which is focused toward INFJs along with other introverts and HSPs.

It’s so true. People would tell me I should talk more in class, and one of the reasons I didn’t was because there’s so many ideas to sort through before you can decide what to actually say.

Love these “Type Heads.” They made some for each personality type.

click for more type heads

INFJ “Motivational Posters”

There’s a whole collection of those ubiquitous motivational posters made by and for INFJs. I found most on Pinterest and don’t know who originally put each one together.

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Just in case you were wondering, “No, we don’t see anything incompatible between the appreciation of love and beauty and that dangerous prairie dog.”

INFJoe Comics

The artist for these little comics is INFJoe. On his wordpress, he describes himself as “an INFJ joe amid extroverts, sensors, thinkers, and perceivers, and still trying to come to terms with it on a daily basis.”

from INFJoe
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INFJ Doodles

In my completely subjective opinion, I saved the best for last. The artist at Introvert Doodles posts one of these every day.

from INFJ Doodles. The artist said, “To enjoy any entertainment (book, movie, video game, tv show) I have to feel connected to the characters. That feeling of closeness lets me get lost in fictional worlds.”
from INFJ Doodles. I love this one. I can be obsessive about organizing some things, and others look like a tornado went through them.
from INFJ Doodles

You’re Invited (Trades of Hope)

Next Thursday evening (August 7th), I’m hosting a live Facebook party for a company called Trades of Hope. This company works with women around the world to help them provide for themselves and their families. Some of the women whose products are sold through Trades of Hope have been rescued out of sex slavery, are living in poverty, are single mothers (some with handicapped children), live in war-torn countries, or have AIDS. The artists are from countries all over the world, including Uganda, India, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, the Philippines, the U.S.A, Costa Rica, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Trades of Hope products
I’m wearing the Deep Aqua Layered Necklace and the gold earrings from Mumbai Earring Set

You don’t have to shop to join the party and learn more about Trades of Hope, but if you do choose to support these artists you’ll know you’re buying fair-trade products that directly help the women who created them. We often talk about how we want to be helpful to and supportive  of other people, and here’s a chance to actually do just that. I’ve bought several Trades of Hope products, and I’m so impressed with the quality and design, and also with the women who made these beautiful pieces.

Most of the products are designed for ladies, but gentlemen are also welcome to join us and shop for themselves (because everyone needs a mango-wood trivet, right?) or someone else.

The party starts at 8:00 p.m EST on August 7th and goes until 9:00. I hope you’ll be able to make it then, since we’ll have a live chat going so you can ask questions and stuff, but if not you’ll still be able to access the page for a few days after the party is over. Click here to go to the Facebook page and join this event. If you don’t have Facebook and still want a link to the shop after the initial party, let me know.

Goats for Guatemala!

What Are Your Favorite Board or Party Games?

"What Are Your Favorite Board or Party Games?" marissabaker.wordpress.comThere’s a stack of games in my closet that rarely get dusted off and used. It’s a shame, because every time we actually play them I’m reminded how much fun they can be. We had guests over Saturday evening, and played Pictionary until 11:30 at night. My brother and I think so much alike that it’s scary — we teamed up and were moving around that game board at super speed. I don’t usually like team games, but Pictionary is one I’ll make an exception for.

Here a few of the other games I like. What are your favorite party and/or board games?

Apples To Apples

This game gets played more often than most in my closet. Every year before Thanksgiving at least one family member will call and remind us that we are not allowed to show up for the family gathering unless we bring Apples To Apples. A large number of people in a wide variety of ages can play, and at family gatherings we even rival the euchre table for enthusiasm and laughter.

Clue

Why my cousin was here over New Year’s, we played Clue while waiting to watch Series 3 Episode 1 of Sherlock.
Known as Cluedo in the UK (which I did not know until I Googled the history of the game), it is a murder-mystery game now available in a Sherlock version. Since we only had an old Clue game from the ’80s tgat I picked up at a resale shop, we made do by re-naming all the characters with Sherlock names (Plum=Sherlock, Scarlet=Irene Adler, etc.).

Lord of the Rings Monopoly

Monopoly in general is a pretty good game, but Lord of the Rings Monopoly is better. There’s fortresses, and Shelob’s lair, and you can buy Bag End and Mount Doom. The little game pieces are so cute. Also, with a version that moves the Ring around the board toward Mount Doom every time someone rolls a 1, the game can have a time limit.

Herd Your Horses

I’m going to guess you’ve probably never heard of this game. Herd Your Horses is a game my mother came across in a homeschooling catalog years ago. There are three game variations. It is easy enough for young children to play but, as we proved before the Pictionary battle on Saturday night, still engaging for older teens and young adults.

Star Trek Trivia

Unfortunately, it’s hard to find people to play Star Trek Trivia with. The version I have covers The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, and Voyager. It’s perfect for me and my sister since we’ve watched all of those and haven’t seen Enterprise. When we can find people with the same Star Trek watching background, though, it’s fun to play.