Oh how life has changed. We have a 2 1/2 year old running around, so of course New Years Eve hasn’t been the same sort of celebration the last few years. We did splurge on a VERY expensive babysitter last year and went to a nice dinner with friends. But the crazy holiday service we received at dinner and the $100+ bill for the sitter left a sour taste in our mouths.
So this year we figured most of our friends are in the same boat as us. We all have kids under 4 years of age who will go to bed at a reasonable hour and not want or need to stay up until midnight. Do you see pack n’ plays entering into this picture?? Well we’re going to do up serious early 60s style and do a Mad Men themed NYE party! My mom told me back in the 60s that kids were just put to bed early and the party still happened downstairs with the adults. That was just what I needed to hear! So, now I’m planning on swinging partay!
We threw this shindig a little last minute and invited our closest friends to come celebrate with us. We’ll be having a smallish party of 20 people, but some of the best 20 people we know and love for sure! On the nibble menu is shrimp cocktail, sweet and sour meatballs, tiny sausages with cheese fondue, cheeseball and crackers, spinach artichoke dip, deviled eggs, a fruit charlotte, jello salad and assorted cookies and belgian chocolates. Do you see the 60s theme I’m going for? And of course I bought lots of odd stuff to garnish with…LOTS of curly parsley, canned pimentos, and sliced olives. This is going to be fun!
I’ve been hoarding far too many Christmas decorations for far too many years now. I started buying a little here a little there since I was about 18 years old. And it wasn’t because I actually had the ROOM for all those garlands, wreaths, nutcrackers, etc! Oh no, I would just sort of rotate things around every year, so that things would be used and I wouldn’t feel completely guilty about buying far too much to decorate with.
Well I finally have a house where I can showcase all of my Christmas finds! And of course I’m already looking around at other things on sale that will be used next year. Since I’m considering taking it all down before New Years Eve, so that I not only don’t get stuck cleaning up after the party we are going to have, but I don’t have to also put up all the decorations. No bueno!
But everything still looks so pretty and sparkly and I thought I would share some pictures of our holiday home.
This was our first Christmas in our new home! Last year we were all crammed into a tiny nook of a dining room trying to do Christmas Eve dinner, but this year we could spread out! Not only can we now fit 10 people in our dining room, but I don’t have to yell at everyone to get out of my kitchen so I have room to cook and move.