A couple of years ago, after attending what seemed like the millionth funeral in our family, my cousins and I decided we were tired of only seeing each other when somebody died. So, I invited them to my house. And they came. We've done it for two years in a row and it's wonderful.
My sister-in-law Lori, came over with her magic party bag and started decorating. She used to plan huge events for a church so she can do this kind of thing in her sleep. She pulled out every red, white and/or blue thing she could find and turned my house into an "event".