Matt and I spent the majority of our time between Christmas and New Years doing stuff to the house that we should have done six months ago when we first moved in. I'll post some updated photos of that stuff soon, but a more timely post is about why we finally got motivated to decorate...
We decided to host our first party!
We are not natural party-throwers and I particularly have trouble staying up until midnight, so we figured having friends over for a low-key shindig would be a great way to warm the house and ring in 2015.
(Spoiler alert: I managed to stay up until 1:30!)
|Kendall checks out the spread: various cheese dips, guacamole made from the avocados in our backyard, bacon-wrapped-dates, pasta, meatballs, etc!|
Of course there was plenty of food.
|Kendall made these amazing champagne-and-strawberry gluten free cupcakes!|
We sat around and relaxed out on our lanai, played some Cards Against Humanity, and turned on Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper just before midnight.
|Alan, Ben, and Kendall await Justin's judgment.|
|The guys look really excited about their hats.|
We had perfect weather for our outdoor setup! We kept a fire going for ambiance only.
I had my concerns about staying up until midnight but we never even had to put in a movie! Midnight arrived sooner than expected, which I guess is a sign of a successful party.
|Champagne and a champagne cupcake? Perfect combo!|
|Happy New Year!|
One weird tradition my family follows is eating sauerkraut at the new year...It has something to do with eating something sour so the rest of the year is sweet. Anyway, I bought a giant jar and encouraged everyone to have some.
Matt ate one piece, but at least he put up less of a fight than last year. Ben had never had sauerkraut before and said it wasn't bad. Archie refused to taste it. I personally love it!
I bought crackers for everybody to open at midnight. Inside were paper crowns, silly jokes (the box said "fortunes" and I was pretty disappointed!) and noisemakers.
It was really nice to have people over. I guess one of the perks of owning a house is really feeling like the space is yours. I'm excited to host more get-togethers! The house feels so much happier with people in it!
Here's to 2015 and all it has in store!
How did you celebrate the new year?
Would you rather be a host or a guest at a party?
Do you have any New Year traditions?