We had a great holiday party last year at Maewyn's and we are lucky enough to be able to have it there again. For anyone who has not been to Maewyns Irish Pub, there is a second floor there called The Abbey that has it's own bar, is very private and is a great spot for events. You can even enter it directly from the 3rd floor of the parking garage on Philadelphia street. I was able to work it out with them for us to have our holiday party there again this year, so I'm very excited!
I will be ordering the food for the group - it will be primarily a mix of appetizers (for anyone who attended last year, basically the same set up). The Abbey has it's own bar, so they will set that up for us and we will be able to use that bar all evening. They are also happy to let us keep individual tabs. So I will be collecting money from people to pay for the appetizers - until I have a firmer head count, I'm going to say $7/person for all you can eat appetizers, however it could be anywhere from $5-$10. All drinks will be on your own. There will be no $1 fee for this event - just come, eat, drink and enjoy yourself!
Also, last year we did a white elephant gift exchange, which I think people really enjoyed. Basically, if you want to participate, spend up to $10 on a gag gift of your choice (examples from last year - coloring books, a really ugly mug, funny Christmas socks) and then everyone who brings a gift will take one home (I will explain the process that night if you are unfamiliar).
I really hope we have another good turnout! You are welcome to bring non-members, but please include them in your RSVP and I will be including them when ordering the food, so they will need to pay the food fee. Looking forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!