I came across two synonyms for “party” today, both of which are much more fun to say. The first is “kaffeeklatsch,” which means “an informal gathering for coffee and conversation.” It’s German, but the meaning sounds like something you’d do in Britain or on a veranda somewhere in Austria.
The second is “clambake.” I’ve heard it before, but, thinking it’s self-explanatory, never looked it up. Til today. According to Merriam-Webster, a clambake is “an outdoor party, especially a seashore outing where food is usually cooked on heated rocks covered by seaweed.” I was sold at “seashore outing.” And also surprised that clams need not be involved. I think if some kind of bake was named after me, I’d want to be included.
There’s also a nail polish called “clambake” by Essie.