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Kitsch and Kitchen White Elephant

Saturday, November 19, 2022 25 Cheshvan 5783

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM8850 Lincolnwood Drive

Join us to inaugurate and properly stock the new shul kitchen with a hilarious evening of terrible gift giving!

Members and adults only. Dinner will be served.

There is no charge for this event, however, each family is required to purchase or bring two items for the evening:

1) A Kitchen Gift - an item off this registry purchased and sent to the shul in advance - to help inaugurate/properly stock the new Kol Sasson Kitchen.


2) A Kitsch Gift - an item from your home or something purchased (please no more than $20 spent) - brought to the event -  for the White Elephant gift exchange program. For a full explanation of what to expect/ what kind of gift to bring, please see the FAQ, below: 

What is a White Elephant event?
It's like a regular gift exchange/Secret Santa/Hannukah Harry event, but...worse. It's your chance to buy that ugly thing in that awful store that you've never wanted, and give it to someone else. Technically, you can give someone an actually useful or nice gift, but where's the fun in that? 
How does it work?
1. You bring or buy a gift ($20 or under please) that you would -  under no circumstances - ever want given to yourself. You want it to be impractical, amusing, or repulsive - but most of all, you want it to be funny! This is an adult only event, and while we can't discourage you from being lewd, we do encourage creativity.
2. You wrap it in the most intriguing manner possible, so it looks desirable. You want it to be the best wrapped gift at the party. If you're feeling generous, you can create a note or poem to go along with it. 
3. Numbers are drawn from a hat when guests arrive. 
4. Number 1 chooses a gift first. They can choose any gift they want, then they must open it, and the rest of the room will likely laugh at their misfortune. Then the next number chooses, and so on. 
5. The final rule....You must take your gift home with you! Within the next month, you either must take a photo of this gift in your home/you using it - or - if another attendee of the White Elephant exchange comes to your home, your gift must be on display. 
How long will this take?
Anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on who shows up. 
This is my first White Elephant event. Can you give me some ideas? 
Absolutely. There is an art to this event because, as we've learned throughout the years, there is a difference between bad gifts and.....baaaaaad gifts. 
Bad gifts, when opened at a party, are usually met with "hmm," "oooookay," or forced laughter. If it's not silly enough, weird enough or tacky enough, it's not bad enough. Baaaaad gifts, on the other hand, are met with, "oh my GOSH what the HECK is that?" or "Holy Toledo, how did you get that in a box?" 
If you can't tell the difference, try it on a friend. Put your gift behind your back and say to them, "What if I were to give you... this?" If they puke in their mouth a bit, leap backwards in disgust, or laugh too hard to reply, you've got a winner. If they raise their eyebrows and say, "Eh... no," take it back to the store. It's not funny enough. 
You want to give baaaad gifts. 

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