Monday, January 6, 2014

Candle light and a party favor.

 I always say, "it is never a party until you light the candles!"
Candles and tinsel, great combination.  Add friends even better, makes the night perfect!

For our New Years Eve table, I kept my creamers filled with greens from Christmas.  Added a black runner, silver disco balls, silver garlands, silver candy dishes, glass votives and filled anything I could with tea lights. Then for the final touch I drizzled tinsel over everything.  

Remember the tinsel creation I added for New Year's Eve.  (Go back two posts)  You would not believe the amount of tinsel stories that were told around this table.  Do you have one? Each couple at this party,  brought one course and served their course.  That way you worked only one part of the party.  Then you were off the hook and just relaxed for the rest.  

Of course there was a party favor.  Poppers and black-eyed peas!  I googled, we eat black eyed peas for good-luck.  You see, when the war between the states was going on, the Yankees would take everything on the Southerner's land and leave the peas.  They (the Yankees) thought the peas were cow feed.  So, the Southerners were lucky to have peas and cornbread to eat.  

As luck would have it, my birthday falls on the 31st of December.  The whole world has a party.  My youngest daughter, Lynley supplied my cake!  A red velvet, Nothing Bundt Cake!  I finished it with my coffee the next day.  Thanks, Lynley! Great way to start the New Year!

One last look..

The courses for dinner were:

The Smith's - Louisiana Shrimp with homemade ramulaude sauce
The Tuohy's - Lobster bisque with lump crab
The Robert's - Spring greens topped with goat and feta cheese, pecans and strawberry vinaigrette

Sorbet and then a break to play a white elephant gift game

The Kees' - Beef tenderloin and asparagus
The Gasparro's - Individual iron skillets warm and straight from the oven chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream

Then we retired to the den for champagne and the New Year!

A very Happy New Year!

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  1. What a beautiful and sparkly table, so elegant, I love it!!! What a fun party without working hard, kind of a pot! Happy New Year for you and yours.

  2. I bet you know when does Downton Abbey start showing again...I Heard in January?! Thank you.

  3. Your table looked just beautiful. What a fun way to celebrate the new year with friends. I love the idea. xo Diana

  4. So pretty. I love the party favors!

  5. Tables ape is gorgeous! Sounds like a great way to start out the new year.


  6. Love the idea of using tinsel on the table.. Saving that idea! Happy New Year and belated happy birthday.. hugs marlis

  7. Sounds like a wonderful party! And tinsel makes everything festive.

  8. Happy belated birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate it! I'm drooling over the menu. You couldn't have planned it better yourself!

  9. What a glamour table, so perfect for New Years Eve and your birthday!
    Happy Belated Birthday....I have a niece who shares your birthday.
    All the food sounds wonderful, and nice everyone pitched it to help.
    Blessings for a Happy New Year!


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