Monday, January 4, 2010

Time will Always be HERE as long as We're HERE

A Family Game night
celebrating the New Year with fun
... AND some reflection...


My Mom showing that
Shiny Shimmers
can never be left out of a New Year's Eve wardrobe.

And I had to add some bold color and ENERGY
to keep this lil' family party going ALL NIGHT LONG.

With a house full of guys,
BANGING in the New Year works better than RINGING it in.

Fire and Ice!
Fireworks look SUPER COOL in the snow.



Celebrating the minutes of 2009....

And anticipating the new minutes of 2010.

Late night sweets
were chocolate chip cookies
baked in MUFFIN TINS with a cream cheese frosting twirled in the center
and scattered with SPRINKLES!

Piles of appetizers were served on GOLD SNOWFLAKE paper plates
with boxes of games for entertainment.



A moment of New Year Reflection was on the table.
I covered the entire table with packaging paper and set out cans of markers.
We paid tribute to 2009...
(The kids loved this part too!)


We spent time together

illustrating our most loved moments of 2009,

our favorite things we received,

and the best highlights of the year.





For a quick TABLE CENTERPIECE I filled a glass jar with watches
that have belonged to members of our family throughout the years.

The centerpiece pulled ANOTHER
reflective tone to the fun evening...

Each watch was worn during particular times of our lives by different people. They were TOOLS used to track every minute of our days and lives. With every rhythmic tick of the hand, these watches recorded MOMENTS that passed as quickly as they were awaited.



This watch was worn faithfully by me every day as a teenager.
As I stare at it on my table through the glass of the jar, I can remember watching the hands move as I waited impatiently in my house for a ride, excited to go out in the night with friends as if my whole life depended on it!... I can remember looking at that watch face in panic hoping the hands would slow down a bit so I could finish an important test. The hands of the watch moved through the minutes and hours of my teenage life until one day they stopped at the numbers as they are right now...7:45. The watch was tucked into a jewelry box and was never worn again. It sits untouched and symbolizes a time period of my life that I cherish and love and one that can never be duplicated. A new watch replaced it and the cycle started again and again with each new watch and new time of my life.


This next watch is a brand new watch my husband received for Christmas. The leather straps are still stiff and it has only been worn a couple of times to track our minutes. It is here waiting to mark every second of the time that lies ahead of us.

What minutes will it record?
What will be be waiting on as we watch this new watch?
What will we try to rush through?

Time is a constant in our life. We can trust and depend on TIME to keep moving forward. And it will. Without a doubt. It's up to us what we do with that time.


Cheers to YOUR 2010.



Make the best of it...


whatever your circumstance,


whatever your season of life.


It is YOUR watch,


YOUR time.



YOUR 2010.


34 comments:

Jenny said...

You are always the coolest party planner ever. But you know I am number one on your fan list!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Looks like a fabulous party! I am loving the cookies in muffin tins and all the fun colors :). Blessings to you in 2010!

Judy@cutest-little-things said...

WOW! Another outstanding party and another outstanding, thought-provoking post! Superbly done!

Rebecca said...

Those cookie sweets looks so yummy, yet so easy. Was there a certain way you had to cook them in the muffin tin to leave the center like that?

Rue said...

What a fantastic way to welcome in the New Year! I think I might steal a few ideas, namely the paper marker one :)

Loved the story about your watch.

Happy New Year!

rue

laterg8r said...

great way to ring in the new year - i keep all my old watches too :D

sadly, more and more people are going away from watches because their cell phones and pda's have the time already.

Michelle said...

What a great post! Those are all awesome ideas, especially the cookie one- craving inducing even! Also that energy drink looks sooo good, dh and I love the blue monsters but I haven't had one since I found out I was prego.

Jennifer Poppy said...

you throw the BEST parties!!!

Valencia said...

WOW can you give me some tips on how to throw an awesome party like that?

Kathleen Grace said...

This looks like such a great family party! Happy New Year to you and the family:>)

Linda said...

Looks like lots of FUN at the Moore house! Hope you have a great week!

Blessings,
Linda

Miller Racing Family said...

What a fun New Years party. I love the watch idea. You have to be the second or third person I have seen do fireworks for New Years. The photos of snow and fireworks were great, we will have to put this on the to do list.
Have a fabulous Monday!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

What an awesome party! So many thoughtful details that I am sure made great memories.

Jane said...

Happy New Year!!!
Looks like you and the family had a wonderful time together. I love how you embrace all your moments with your family. What treasured memories you are making!

Hugs,
Jane (artfully graced)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Looks like a great party! Love all the pics. Hope your New Year is super!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Ranelle said...

What an amazing post. It, like so many of your other posts, made me think and reflect. I love how you make family times just as special as if you had others over to entertain. The energy drinks were a nice touch!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Neat party! I'm hoping to host something NEXT year! I love the chocolate chip cookie "muffin" idea. :) Your fireworks photos are really good! I'm visiting from Kimba's party. Hope you might stop by. :) Here's my link:
http://serenitynow4amanda.blogspot.com/2010/01/chalkboard-quote-tray.html

Clueless_Mama said...

I love the idea of the paper tablecloth. That would be really fun to do and keep to look back on. I think I will do that next year. Thanks for the idea

{better than candy} said...

fun post! those firecrackers are so neat and soo pretty with snow surrounding!

phasejumper said...

Your fireworks pictures are amazing and I loved your centerpiece idea! Think I'll browse your blog some more....

Sherry said...

That looks like a blast! Looks like Monster kept y'all going! LOL!

Maria Lane said...

The party you had........so CUTE!! You have great ideas!!!! Happy New year! Welcome to my blog!

Kaye said...

Sounds like an awesome party. And those cookies look TO DIE FOR! YUMMMM!

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

Love the watches turned centerpiece. That is such a neat idea, and so special that they are meaningful too! Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Those cookies look amazing. And sequins and NYE go hand in hand! Happy new year!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Holy cow, those cookie things look sooo good. My mouth is watering now. THANKS!! :)

Becca @ Blue Cricket Design said...

So much fun!Wish I as there! I love the Energy Drinks with everyone's names on them!

Melissa Miller said...

Lisa you are so good at parties! You should be a party planner. ~AWESOME!!!! :)

Moxie said...

Looks like your family had a WONDERFUL time!! Happy New Year to you :) I LOVE the watch centerpiece...too cute!

pk @ Room Remix said...

What a great post! Looks like you had a great time and I like the creative ideas. Happy 2010 to you!

Diana said...

Wow! What a great party!

The Flying Bee said...

Great post! I love the watch centerpiece...so creative! It looks like you all had such a good time!

Have a great 2010!

~adrienne

Miss G said...

Very, very fun! I want to incorporate some of your ideas into a hostessing a new year's party next year. I like the table covering idea and illustrating treasured moments of the last year and the watch decoration A LOT! Thanks for the inspiration! Kelly

Kristen said...

omigosh! I remember going to Safeway and buying a container of frosting and eating it. Those cookies looked amazing and reminded me of the good 'ol days.