IWCS 2020 HOLIDAY GIVING TREE FOR FRAUEN HELFEN FRAUEN

In keeping with one of our favorite annual traditions, the IWCS is once again supporting Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. by creating a virtual Holiday Gift Tree for its residents this December!

Every year our members can sign up to buy gifts for the women and children living in the Frauenhaus. You will receive the age of the women or the age/gender/wish of the children to assist you in choosing what to buy. If you would like to take part, please let Sandra know in the event that can be found in the members Facebook group OR by using the RSVP form at the end of this post.

We already have some ages and wishes, so you can go ahead and start shopping! We do not yet know how many people we need, so we will assign folks on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please choose a gift valued between €15-20 and try to keep in mind that the shelter is multicultural and many of the families might not yet have strong German skills.

You will need to wrap the gift and add a tag with the age/gender information you were given to identify who it is for when they have their annual party. You can drop the finished gifts off at Sandra’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen or mail them to her.

Thank you to all of our members for your continuing enthusiasm for this project every year! 

IWCS 2020 VIRTUAL ADVENT CALENDAR

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Since we can’t get together in person for our Annual Holiday Dinner and Gift Exchange, this year we are inviting members to join us in our private Facebook group for an interactive Advent Calendar every day in December!

Every evening, we will post the theme for the following day, which will be something related to Christmas in Germany or winter or other December holidays.

Members are then welcome to share a photo from their past that fits the theme or to go out and find something to take a photo of, like a scavenger hunt. Tell us a bit about your photo and what it means to you.

We know that not everyone will have the time to participate every day, but hopefully we will still get to know each other a little better during this unusual time and also have something to look forward to each day.

Looking forward to seeing your photos and comments starting on December 1st!

2019 MEMBERS ONLY HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE

IWCS 2019 HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE
For members only
Tuesday, December 10th from 18:30
Location: Restaurant Nesenbach, Dorotheenstraße 6, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Nearest stations: Charlottenplatz, Schlossplatz
Prepayment of your meal required by December 3rd 


Join us in December for our annual Holiday dinner and gift exchange! This is our chance to come together as a community and enjoy good food and fun during the magical German advent time.

This year’s dinner is being planned at Restaurant Nesenbach in the Dorotheen Quartier of Stuttgart-Mitte (behind Breuninger). We have a brand new private room reserved just for us and and fantastic buffet dinner planned.

We will start our evening with a glass of Sekt at 18:30 and move on to the buffet at 19:00. You can find a description of all the buffet deliciousness further down in this post.

After dinner, all members are invited to take part in our optional gift exchange, which is loads of fun every year. If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift worth €15 (no gag or re-gifts please). Choose something that you yourself would be happy to receive because with this exchange, that could very well happen!

And as always, Sandra is also organizing the Frauen helfen Frauen Virtual Giving Tree again this year and you are welcome to bring your wrapped gift along to give to her for delivery at this dinner. Check out this blog post for details!

We have heard the food at Nesenbach is delicious and are looking forward to our first ever buffet! Our holiday buffet will include the following dishes:

Appetizers – 

  • Colorful leaf salad with house dressing
  • Cole Slaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Carrot Salad
  • Veggie Antipasti

Main dishes and sides –

  • Smoked salmon in mustard-dill sauce
  • Veal with Horseradish cream
  • Venison goulash
  • Chicken Breast in lemon sauce
  • Fried Perch Filet on a bed of vegetables
  • Pasta with red pesto, rocket, olives and marinated feta cheese
  • Buttered Spätzle
  • Thyme Potatoes
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Fragrant Rice

Desserts:|

  • Panna Cotta with mango sauce
  • Assorted Ice Cream

This is a members only event and the IWCS club-sponsored price per person is €40, which includes the buffet, the welcome glass of Sekt, and table water.

PLEASE NOTE that any drinks ordered apart from the provided table water and welcome Sekt must be paid for by you on the night of the event.

This event is limited to 45 members, so reserve your space now! To get started, RSVP using our private Facebook event or the form below if you are not on Facebook. You must then transfer the €40 prepayment to the IWCS bank account no later than December 3rd to complete your reservation.

Looking forward to celebrating the end of another wonderful year together!

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MEMBER ONLY EVENT: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE & BRUNCH

Sunday, December 8th at 11:00
Location: Sandra B’s home in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen
Nearest stations: Zazenhausen Viadukt
RSVP in the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you are not on Facebook


Join us for our Seventh Annual Christmas Cookie Swap this December!

As always, Sandra will host a unique and delicious brunch to go with all of the cookies and plenty of Sekt will be on hand.

Guests are asked to bake about three dozen of one kind of holiday cookie and bring them along with the recipe so everyone can try them at home! There’s no need to pre-package the cookies; each guest will take the cookies and the quantity they want.

All food and drinks will be provided by the host. A bottle or two of bubbly is always welcome!

This event is limited to 12 guests.

Looking forward to a delicious and jolly party!

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2018 Members Only Holiday Dinner

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IWCS 2019 CHRISTMAS DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE
For members only
Tuesday, December 11th at 18:30
Location: Stuttgarter Stäffele, Buschlestrasse 2a/b, 70178 Stuttgart-West
Nearest stations: Feuersee
To RSVP, please see our private Facebook Event or use the contact form below if you aren’t on Facebook
**Limit 35 spaces**


Join us in December for our annual Holiday dinner and gift exchange! This is our chance to come together as a community and enjoy good food and fun during the magical German advent time.

This year’s dinner is being planned for a new location at the Stuttgarter Stäffele in Stuttgart-West. We have a gorgeous and cozy wine cellar reserved just for us and have put together some delicious Swabian menus together with their catering company (please see the menus and prices at the end of this post).

After dining, you are welcome to take part in our optional gift exchange, which is loads of fun every year. If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift worth €15 (no gag or re-gifts please). Choose something you yourself would be happy to receive because with this exchange, that could very well happen!

As always, Sandra B is also organizing the Frauen helfen Frauen Virtual Giving Tree again this year and you are welcome to bring your wrapped gift along to give to her for delivery at this dinner. Check out this blog post for details!

And now to the dinner choices. We need us to give us your selection no later than November 30th and to pay for it no later than December 4th. Hurry to get your spot because the room only holds a maximum of 35 people!

Your menu choices:

  1. Meat 1 – Schwäbischer Himmel (filets of pork and beef in a wine sauce) with Spätzle
  2. Meat 2 – Zwiebelrostbraten (roast beef) with roasted potatoes (gluten free dish)
  3. Fish – Salmon filet with vegetables and potatoes
  4. Vegetarian – Orecchiette pasta with roasted pumpkin and cherry tomatoes in a parmesan cream sauce

Included with your meal:

  • A glass of Sekt upon arrival
  • Swabian appetizers
  • Cream of pumpkin soup (lactose intolerant alternative offered is a small salad)
  • Still and sparkling table water
  • Dessert – Cinnamon Apfelküchle with Bratapfel ice cream (can be served without ice cream for lactose intolerant)

Prices for the menus:

  • Meat or fish – €37,20
  • Veggie – €29,50

This is your final price after sponsorship from the IWC Stuttgart  again this year!

PLEASE NOTE that any drinks ordered apart from the provided table water and welcome Sekt must be paid for by you on the night of the event. Drinks can be paid with cash only at your table.

 

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MEMBER ONLY EVENT: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE & BRUNCH

Sunday, December 9th at 11:00
Location: Sandra B’s home in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen
Nearest stations: Zazenhausen Viadukt
RSVP in the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you are not on Facebook


Join us for our Sixth Annual Christmas Cookie Swap in December!

As always, Sandra will host a unique and delicious brunch to go with all of the cookies and plenty of Sekt will be on hand.

Guests are asked to bake about three dozen of one kind of holiday cookie and bring them along with the recipe so everyone can try them at home! There’s no need to pre-package the cookies; each guest will take the cookies and the quantity they want.

All food and drinks will be provided by the host. A bottle or two of bubbly is always welcome!

This event is limited to 12 guests.

Looking forward to a delicious and jolly party!

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Upcoming 2018 Holiday Events SAVE THE DATES

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Now that we’ve transitioned from our long, hot summer into the chillier autumn, our Activities Planning team has come up with a list of fun holiday events that we would love to see all your smiling faces at!!

We are starting off in October with a Halloween Party for the Mother’s Corner Group. Members with little ones are welcome to join Laura and Mimi for a fun day at the pumpkin festival at Schloss Ludwigsburg on the 28th.

In November we have two amazing specialty dinners planned for you. The first is a North American-style Thanksgiving dinner in member Rachael B’s home for the whole family on the 25th. Then members and one adult guest are also invited to a traditional Goose dinner at a local restaurant for St. Martin’s Day on the 29th.

Whether you prefer turkey or goose, German or North American traditions, members are welcome to join either or both! Space is limited, so RSVP early. If neither appeals to you, we will still be hosting our regular monthly dinner in November as always.

In December we will again be celebrating our annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange, happening on the 11th at The Stäffele in Stuttgart-West. This dinner will take the place of our regular monthly dinner and is for members only. The gift exchange is hilarious and one of the highlights of the year! More details about the menu should be available next month.

Other holiday-themed events being planned include the Frauen helfen Frauen Virtual Giving Tree during Advent time, a Christmas party for Mother’s Corner on December 13th, and our annual Cookie Exchange at Sandra B’s home on December 9th.

Put these dates in your calendars now to make sure you save room for some club activities this holiday season!