Sunday, January 2, 2011

1-1-11 The First Party of the Year

New Year's Eve is an ironic pairing of playfulness and depth.
The depth is the weaving within our heart's desires to find our goals, resolutions, and passions. And the playfulness is enjoying the moment and celebrating LIFE.

Overall, New Year's Eve is simply celebration. We celebrate the fresh, clean, no-mistakes-yet, time in our lives and we celebrate another year on this great big/little beautiful world that we live in.

We celebrated with chili
and friends
and of course a pretty table. {wink}




I used winter white fun feathers for the centerpiece,
accompanied by countdown numbers,
party poppers, and apples painted with edible paint!

Our green delicious
apples with edible paint!
Silver tinsel tied around every glass for some extra sparkle and glam.


I stuck countdown numbers in the feathers,
symbolizing the countdown to the NEW YEAR.


The kids couldn't wait to dig into the centerpiece!


For a few years, we've had a fun New Year's tradition. I cover the table in craft paper and toss markers on the table for us to draw pictures or write down our favorite moments of the year and what we want out of the upcoming year. When we are done, it's easy to cut out and tape to the inside of our closets for some nerdy fun. I shared this tradition last year too, in my New Year's post.




This photo is from LAST year's table memories.
We used brown craft paper that year.
The kids love to join in this tradition too...

Kid's table
This year I made paper clocks for our table centerpiece
then we used them to write down our 2011 resolutions
as a family.


They are hanging in our hallway now to painfully remind us to stay on track.




The warm n' cozy winter PARTY food...



Chili in the crockpot...



And all that good dipping stuff while we wait until MIDNIGHT...

homemade yumminess:
fresh salsa and guacamole


Hello 7 Layer Dip
(the 7th Layer fits for the January healthy eating plan)


For the sweet stuff I made some Oreo Truffles...again.
This time I made them in some fun colors
with gold sprinkles for the NEW YEAR.


Classic banana dessert with some sinful twists in the recipe
to make it extra delicious
(sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese).

And the friends...

Lots of laughs for crazy reasons...

One of my brother's new masterpieces with his company, XLR Industries.

And these other photos you can add your own captions...

My husband is the one in the middle, hmmm.


2010 was such a fun year and I already miss it!
I am ready to see what these next 365 days hold,
good or bad.
Bring it on.


This fortune cookie is for EVERYONE!
Enjoy.

"Look for the dream that keeps coming back. It's your destiny"


This post is linked to: DIY Showoff, DIY Living, Seasonal Sundays, It's so Very Cheri, Strut Your Stuff at Saturday Mornings, Making the World Cuter, Motivate Me Mondays, Market Yourself Mondays, It's So Very Creative, Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy, Tuesdays at the Table, Topsy Turvy Tuesday, Tuesdays Unwrapped, Get Your Craft On, We're Organized Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Show and Tell, Whatever Goes Wednesday, Tablescape Thursday, Show off Your Stuff, Strut Your Stuff, Friday Favorites, Show and Share Day, Foodie Friday, I'm Lovin It, Funky Junk Interiors, Fabulous Friday Finds, Tickled Pink*, Be Different Act Normal, Weekend Wrap Up

36 comments:

Jane said...

Looks like you and your family/friends had a wonderful time. It's always fun to ring in the new year with laughter...good food...and FRIENDS. Love your attitude..."bring it on!"

Hope your year is filled with really good things.
Hugs,
Jane

Traci said...

It looks like y'all had a great party! I love all the tablescape ideas!! Happy New Year!

Kirsty said...

Lots of great attention to detail. Such fun! I look forward to incorporating some of your ideas into Next year's celebration!

NanaDiana said...

What a fun post-love all the glimpses of your family~ xxoo Diana

Marlis said...

great idea for a centerpiece.. what wonderful traditions and memories you are making.. Happy New Year.

Leanne said...

I always love your tables. Happy New Year to you and your family. Love the pictures of your hubby!

Judy@cutest-little-things said...

Happy 2011, Lisa!

Judy@cutest-little-things

Susan said...

I love your blog, I'm glad I found it. I like your style...

myhomeroad.blogspot.com

Susan

Jenny said...

Glorious. Happy New Year, amazing lady.

suzanne cabrera said...

Wow!!! Your household looks SO festive! So many great ideas here and in your Christmas post! May 2011 bring you unmatched creativity!

Missy said...

Your party looked like fun!! Very cute!! Have a happy new year!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This is my kind of party - I LOVE the clocks!

Jamie said...

I am amazed by your creativeness everytime I read your blog. You are so awesome and the boys are so lucky to have you as their Mom! Hope you are doing well! Happy New Year!

Kristin said...

Love the addition of feathers to your tablescape! Happy new year!

{better than candy} said...

Happy New Year! I think that banana dessert is my favorite thing from this post! mmmmmm!

Denise said...

Paint you can eat! Amazing.
Looks like you and your friends had a great time.

Randi said...

That party is incredible! Where do you find edible paint? Does it have any flavor?

Donnie said...

What a great table and menu. Looks like you all had a great time.

Barbara said...

What fun! I love the paper clocks and the writing on the table. I am sure this is a party that everyone will remember with a smile on their face. Wonderful! Happy New Year!

Kelly said...

Another gorgeous tablescape!

I have to know what the men were doing. Looks like classic man behavior. ;)

Happy new year!

Pattie T. said...

It looks like a fun party. I love the idea of writing on the table. Those poses are a hoot.

Wendy said...

Looks like a fun time and so many great ideas in one post! Edible paint, going to have to look for that!
Wendy

Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty said...

Looks like a lot of fun, and all the food looks WONDERFUL! Love no/low stress New Years!!

Marigene said...

What a fun post...love your festive table.
Happy New Year!

The Crafty Side Of Life said...

I love the clock idea!!! Everything looks great!

LambAround said...

Well thank you for the fortune cookie! They're my favorite :)

There's a fun surprise waiting for you on my blog today!

jennoreilly said...

What a fun night you had, and boy do I love the look of those oreo truffles!!

Here from tidymom, have a great weekend!

Simone said...

I love your countdown clock faces what a clever idea for everyone to write down their resolutions. Looks like you had a wonderful party. All the best for 2011

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lisa, looks like a very fun party! But I wouldn't expect anything less from you. Happy New Year to you and yours. May your year be filled with all that's best!

And a Happy Seasonal Sunday as well. Have a great week!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Holly said...

Chili and friends and clocks - it how we celebrate! I love your decorations. Looks like the perfect way to welcome the new year!

One year we took all the ornaments off the tree wrapped black and white boas around it and hung clocks...fun!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

what a fun party! I love holiday gathering, but we have moved so often I haven't thrown any in YEARS! now that we're stable I'm going to start throwing parties, this looks perfect!

vicky said...

Lovely party, I love the Oreo truffles!

Jerri said...

Great party! Love all your ideas! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

The Tablescaper said...

Looks like a great party.

Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Love all your ideas! Saw you over at TT&J nice blog...cute stuff!!
Jen

Pears said...

Love the clock theme you used a few times. Looks like a fun party!

www.iheartpears.blogspot.com