Happy New Year to you! I hope that all of your holidays have been merry and bright as we have finished up 2016. It was so very nice to have our children here for Christmas, (some unexpectedly!) but two of them traveled back to their homes before New Years Day. Our law school son is here for another week, and we are still greatly enjoying having him home.
It seems our New Years Eve partying has just rolled on into New Years Day. Why stop a good thing, right? 🙂 I wanted to share a bit of the decorating from it before you are totally uninterested in January and have Valentine’s Day on your brain. (Can you believe Target already has Easter candy out?!)
But let me warn you about the photos today. It has rained and rained and rained here…all night last night, all day today, and they are predicting more for all day tomorrow. Rain means no sunlight, and that is not good for photography in this house. My oldest son gave me a photographer’s light kit for Christmas, and I experimented with it in these shots, but I have no idea what I am doing with it! So the colors are really off…much practice is obviously needed. So please overlook the strangely lit photos here today.
Okay, the red from Christmas has been put away for a couple of weeks. I am giving us all a breather from it until it is pulled out again for Valentine’s Day. In its place is simply black and white…kind of a “clean slate” to start the new year.
Gold glitter stars and ornaments were my party decorations for the New Years celebration…
with a few clocks and calendars thrown in here and there. 🙂
We had a small party for New Years Eve, and my son and I prepped all the food in about an hour and a half. I knew I wanted to have plenty to munch on last night and over the next couple of days, so we made a lot. The table below is New Years Eve – Take 2 (aka our lunch today. 🙂 )
We just added to the serving dishes today at lunch and partied again.
We do not drink any alcohol here, so the bottles below are of Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider. I have been hoarding those individual serving size bottles…grabbing them every single time I have seen them in our local Walmart. (Sorry if you have been looking for them. 🙁 ) They are just perfect for New Years Eve celebrations.
The dollar spot area in Target was a treasure chest of things for our party. I used pages from a $3 desk calendar for the “runner” and stood up a $1 calendar as part of the centerpiece (and another one was displayed on the foyer buffet.) They also had the noisemakers in packs of 4 for $1 along with black and gold dotted food picks.
The table above was the food from last night and lunch today. Tonight’s dinner table continued the theme with black and white and clocks and calendars. The pages from another $1 calendar became this table’s “runner’…
and Target’s 2-year pocket planners (also only $1!) made great New Years Day party favors.
(And no I am not affiliated with Target. 🙂 )
That brings us to the end of the holiday posts for awhile. I will be back with a wrap up of all the 2016 posts later this week so I hope you will pop in again for that. 🙂
Until then, I send you wishes for a happy and healthy 2017!
See you soon!