As we sit here in the office talking about everyones New Year’s Eve plans, we have come up with a few ideas depending on what you are in the mood for! From staying home with friends and family to the traditional fireworks. Here is our take on New Year’s Eve…enjoy!
Staying home. We have invited friends and their children over to celebrate. We are going to have all the topings to make your own pizza, smores in the oven, Saint Germaine and champagne cocktails for adults and Izzy (served in champagne glasses, of course) for the kids. Followed by lots of laughs playing Pictionary and trying to make sense of the circle with lines coming off of it…a coconut!
A girl with an outfit and no plans because no one can agree on exactly what to do! Her ideal NYE night out is to go see Girl Talk at the Dallas Convention Center, which by the way, would be my worst nightmare! Of course, I had NO idea who this was, so had to be told a band with a “hip hop, electric, pop vibe.” To be 24 again…fun music, the energy of a crowd and lots of friends all around you!
For the college student on a budget…starting the night out with a few drinks at a bar downtown and then dinner and drinks at a friends apartment. As civilized as this sounds, I was told that last year the party was at his place and he spent days cleaning sugar off the walls from the champagne that was flown around. Needless to say, he will be partying the night away at someone else’s place this year!
At the end of the year, I always like to reflect on a few great highlights to remember the wonderful things each year brings. Plus, it gives me something positive to think about before I have to start making the dreaded new years resolutions! In lieu of the coming new year, I thought it would be fun to share some of our best moments of 2011.
One of my most notable moments was scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico. It was my first real dive after getting certified at Clear Springs dive park in Terrell (which is a misnomer for that lake, to say the least). I saw puffer fish, barracuda, eels, sea turtles, and a myriad colorful fish and coral. It was truly a wonderful experience.
Flying on the peak of a 14,000 foot snow mountain in southeast China!
The best part of 2011 had to be my trip to NYC. I’ve always wanted to visit since I was a child and I finally got to visit for my 24th birthday. Best part: I was in the city for the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. Being in the city that day was a great reminder of how proud I am to be an American! Later that day, I went to see the Dallas Cowboys play the NY Jets!
Well, this year has been especially awesome. I got married on October 9th to my beautiful wife Amanda. We went to the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon and had an amazing time. On 11/11/11 we found out that Amanda was pregnant so the Smith clan grew to 3!
What a wonderful year! What made yours extra-special?
As the holidays come to an end and we start to put away the decorations, take down the tree and get ready for a new year, I secretly start to get excited! The hustle and bustle of the season gets me anxious; by the end of December, I am ready to start cleaning up and organizing for the New Year! The one thing everyone needs to get organized is a good set of baskets! My favorite is our Linen Lined Wire Baskets, which can be used to store everything from all of the new toys the kids got for Christmas to organizing the kitchen cabinets and store only the healthy food!
Two things that I love about New Year’s: 1) Shiny outfits and 2) Champagne. For those of you who share a particular enjoyment for this bubbly refreshment, here is my recommendation for your festivities. And for those of you who are playing the designated driver, don’t worry. I have something for you too (a Mocktail, if you will).
This drink originated and became popular in New York around the 1930s. Once you try it, you’ll know why! This recipe is measured per drink.
Soak one sugar cube in about two or three splashes of Angostura bitters at the bottom of a champagne flute.
Fill slowly with sparkling wine.
Garnish witha lemon twist.
If you want some color, just add a bit of Campari!
“Guava Champagne Punch”
This is a good punch-bowl drink. It’s really easy! The recipe serves 16-20.
Combine two quarts of guava nectar and two bottles of sparkling grape juice in a bowl.
One of my favorite Christmas movies is Charlie Brown Christmas. The best part is when Linus clarifies Christmas in the midst of all the madness. It’s short, sweet, and to the point. And Charlie Brown’s response is exactly how I feel after I hear it; he smiles and seems to have his sense of wonder and excitement renewed.
So, here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy being with your family and friends and celebrating this wonderful time of year!