Monday, December 29, 2014

Family New Year's Eve Party

We usually have a family New Year's Eve party... not a big deal, not an up till midnight or later deal, not anything official, BUT it is our family's party... and we love it. :) We have been doing it for years... and it has grown to include more and more favorites.




We tend to make things that everyone likes.... a snack type of meal. It is all dressed up with candles, pretty glasses and dishes and more.

Some of our favorites tend to appear every year... like this salad pizza. We love it.....  the recipe is here....
Salad Pizza As A Meal  


  Silly cauliflower sheep are also a favorite, but we don't have them every year... sometimes we have olive penguins or other fun foods.

Fun Foods We Have Made
 We rarely drink soda, but years ago we started to have ginger ale or 7up on New Year's Eve... in stemware glasses. Sometimes we put a little apple juice in also, sometimes not... either way, the kids loved it.

We have the veggies also... and sometimes a dip for them. The veggie tray has to include black olives, pickles and pineapple. By the way, you can tell that someone had already been into the black olives... only one is just barely visible. :)
Pigs in a blanket is a favorite... and "wagon wheels"... which are tortillas with a layer of cream cheese, deli meat, pickles and cheese.... then they are rolled up and cut into "wheels". I don't really care for these, but my kids LOVE them. :) 

Candles make things extra fun. 


Nachos and cheese, Sunshine Eggs (years ago, I started calling them sunshine eggs because I just couldn't give my precious little ones a "deviled" egg and the name has stuck.) We also usually have a little bowl - WITH A LITTLE SPOON! :) of candy... like red hots or M and Ms - fun but we still limit some of the sugar. :)


This is from a different year... when we had company over for our party... some additions were chips and salsa,  Buttery Crescent Rolls  , plate of cheese.....  cheese ball and crackers....

.... peanut butter and chocolate bars, cookies, shortbread
Simple Shortbread Bars
"Daddy's Dessert".. a family favorite.... and more.


Sometimes after we eat, we watch a family movie... or play games. Whatever we do, it is a family night.
It hasn't seemed to matter as much WHAT we have... these meals have always been special, even when we only had 2 or 3 items...  the tradition has grown, but it has been special. This is usually not something done for or with others, but just a family get together... a special time... and it leads to special memories.



This was another year.... even just the table setting and candles make things look special.

This year, we probably won't have as many treats as the three years represented in this post... after all, things have been quite busy this year, but I do know that we will have fun.... and we will have some of these favorites... and I am so glad to have children old enough to help make things. :)

I hope that you have a wonderful New Year's Eve and New Year. It is nice to start a new year. We don't know what the new year will hold for us, but we DO know that God has brought us through the year and we are thankful and we will trust Him in the New Year as well. :)

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25 comments:

  1. What a wonderful spread you put on for the New Year's eve family tradition - so special and what wonderful memories to share with your family! Our family does much the same thing with our friends and family as well, and it is always a lot of fun to eat, play games, and fellowship!

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    1. Thank you..... we sure look forward to it... and we really enjoy the quieter time after all of the Christmas busyness. :) We did enjoy the year we had company also, though, so both are pretty wonderful. I hope you have a great time also. :)

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  2. Your family will cherish those special parties, I am sure.

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    1. I think so... we all enjoy them. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  3. What a wonderful New Years Eve party spread! All the food looks fabulous. I had to giggle at your 'sunshine eggs' because I never liked calling them devilled eggs either. So, from now on, mine will also be called sunshine eggs. Thanks for the idea. Have a Happy And Healthy New Year and thank you for joining me for tea.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. I laughed when I read your comment! :) We have had people at church tell us that they also call the eggs "sunshine eggs" now. :) I'm so glad you came over today.... it was wonderful to have "tea" w/ you. :)

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  4. What a celebration your family has! How lovely! I think those sheep are adorable. Wishing you a wonderful evening and a Happy New Year!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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    1. Thank you... we have fun, but the amount of special food continues to grow.... and we seem to make more and more every year. :) The sheep are fun and we try to have some fun food each year. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  5. What a nice party! Your food looks great!

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    1. Thank you! Time to get busy making things for this year. :)

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  6. A great idea for good food and family fun. I thought the sheep were so cute - tried to see if the legs were olives too.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you... we really like the sheep... I used black licorice for the legs- I wasn't sure what to use, but the licorice worked fine. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  7. What a great party! I am sure your family enjoyed this feast. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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    1. Thank you.... they always do.... it is a special time. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  8. What a fun new years! My family did something similar while I was growing up, but with crackers and different cheeses and sparkling cider. I hope your party tomorrow is terrific! Happy New Year's!

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    1. Ohhh, sounds great... cheeses and cider. :) Thank you for visiting... nice to have you. :)

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  9. Wow that is a lot of food...it looks like your guests should be full and happy!
    I found you on The Homestead Barn Hop and I’d like to invite you to share your posts on The HomeAcre Hop on Thursdays!
    http://oursimplelife-sc.com/homeacre-hope-102/

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    1. So nice of you to stop by... I enjoy the Homeacre hop and posted there as well... thank you for the invite. :)

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  10. Wow, what a nice idea to do with the family. I didn't think of making a "New Year's Eve Party" for us like this. We will usually just pop some popcorn and stay up a bit later but I will adopt this for next year! Thank you for the inspiration!

    Thank you also for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week :)

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    1. Just remember, once you start a new tradition, you can't ever stop it! (Yes, I have learned this the hard way!!!!! ) The kids will love it and keep wanting it every year! :) It is worth it though, and so fun.... glad you stopped by.

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  11. Looks like fun. All the pretty servers make it look fancy =)

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    1. It is fun... and it is nice to do "fancier" things for just the family sometimes... not only for "company". Thank you for visiting. :)

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  12. I really liked this idea Joy and have * featured * it this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :)

    Thanks for sharing the homemaking inspiration with us!

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    1. What a blessing to be featured- thank you. :)

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  13. What an absolutely incredible looking spread! Wow!!!! The cauliflower sheep made me smile. So very precious. Happy New year to you and your family. Hope it will be beautiful and blessed. Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday."

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