Around Christmas, my hubby and I were wondering what we were going to do for New Year’s Eve. We were laughing at ourselves last year. Last year we had wanted to do something spontaneous! Being that we are NOT spontaneous people, before we knew it, we were trying to PLAN a SPONTANEOUS trip, ha! We got so frustrated, and we had already told all who invited us to parties that we weren’t going to be in town, so we ended up staying home and ringing the new year in from the couch. That was NOT going to happen again, we decided.
So we invited a few friends over for a New Year’s Eve party!
Did you notice the whole black and gold theme in the stores this year? I liked it!
So when I decided what “theme” I wanted, that made it easier.
I decided to do a makeshift photo booth for fun pics like this:
Yeah, that’s us. In our defense, it was after midnight, and we were exhausted! Can you tell?!
I started out with this…
(which CoCo the kitty felt led to assist with…)
…and added some of these!
This year, I noticed that “one word” was trending. Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, people were picking one word to speak over and focus on in the upcoming year! I thought it would be neat to give our guests an opportunity to choose a word and share it with everyone! A few of them participated!
We also played a fun-turned-deep-and-introspective game. Jerrod asked everyone if there was one thing they could change for 2014, what would it be? We went around the room, and ended up talking more about the good in life than the bad. Then we gave each of our guests a “Thankful Jar”.
Throughout 2013, every time something good happened that we needed to remind ourselves to be thankful for, we would write it down and put it in our Thankful Jar. Then, on New Year’s Eve, before our guests arrived, we pulled out the Thankful Jar and went through, taking turns reading all the good things that happened in 2013. Some of the things we had actually forgotten about! It was great to be reminded of how much we have to be thankful for…in just one year.
Our menu for the evening was chili, all the fixin’s, Cuban sandwiches and other yummy things like buffalo chicken dip, cake and brittle!
Add a few more decorations…
…and we were ready!
We had a fantastic evening, and ended it toasting to the New Year with cookies and milk!
Hope you enjoyed the little peek of our celebration!