When we lived in Chicago, we got into the habit of inviting a large number of friends over to our apartment twice a year - once for an easter egg coloring party and once for a pumpkin carving party.
We've tried to continue the pumpkin carving party tradition, but we haven't had much turnout since moving away from Chicago.
What we do do, no matter when it is we get back to Chicago, is invite everyone together for some type of event.
Poker Party at the Swiss Hotle
Pizza & Beer at the Swiss Hotel
Pumpkin Party at Gary's
Poker Party at Gary's
Poker Party at Darren's
Fast Food Tour on the Chicago Trolley