Due to the type of work that my husband and I do we are always strapped for time over the holidays.  (and this is not me complaining,  just explaining)  We both worked until after 4pm on New Years Eve and then jumped in our packed car to drive 2 1/2 hours.  We were invited to join some of our friends in the mountains to ring in the New Year.

Most  of you that know me know that I love to entertain and I most definitely love to cook.  I can’t tell you how difficult it was for me to not be a part of the cooking and prepping process for New Year’s eve.  I picked up cupcakes from my favorite local bakery, Main Street Cake Shoppe on Church Street,  and I had a lot of good wine.


We arrived at the perfect time.  My brother-in-law was close to finishing an amazing tray of sushi with shrimp, smoked salmon and tuna!  Yummy!  This guy rocks in so many ways!


It was the perfect “pick-up” spread.  We had two types of caviar and cream cheese options, an antipasti platter, Shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce, figs with cheese and jam and chocolate fondue with pound cake, bananas and strawberries.  It was scrum-dilly-ocious!



We toasted with Veuve and imbibed upon many bottles of yummy wine.  As the evening progressed we found ourselves on the exterior porch sitting in rocking chairs, playing guitars and having a sing-a-long.  It was my kind of perfect.  We were lucky to have a fireworks show provided by someone else enjoying the holiday evening in the mountains.

When we realized our blankets could no longer keep us warm outside, we all moved back inside to enjoy the warm fire.  We may or may not have had a dance session at this point and we may or may not have been captured via iPhones owned by guests under 15.  I can only imagine the hashtag remarks that may have been made.  #oldpeoplegettingjiggy

Before the party got started, I had a private moment with my women friends.  I had found an amazing article online before the holidays by Brianna Wiest, which gave me the idea to give each family a journal.  This was a great read.  I gave each family a copy of this article with their journal.  It’s worth the read.

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My sister sent me this picture the other night.  Heart claps.  I purchased the journals from a purveyor of all things locally hand crafted.    Check her out.  Chelsea is the owner and she’s super sweet.


However you began your 2016,  I hope you started it with friends.  Happy New Year!

3 thoughts on “Start it with Friends

  1. I love your life from here. Its those close connections that give our world at large its shape and scope. And I believe the shifts and changes we desire and ultimately make can turn any day into New Year’s.

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