Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year

Hello Again. I'm Not Lost. Still Here.
Just Spending Time with the Family

December kept us busy, but we managed to have some great times together. I did get quite a few pics of all the Holiday projects we completed, but didn't get around to blogging about any of them.

I know lots of you have already taken down your decorations, so the last thing you want to read about are Christmas Activities and Crafts.

Maybe I'll wait and post about them next year.

As for me - we'll keep the trees up for at least another week. I'm not ready to move on just yet.

Place Setting

We ended up celebrating New Years Eve with an impromptu Neighborhood Progressive Dinner. Usually I plan for months in advance - but this get together was decided on just days before (as in 2 days before).

5 families - 9 adults - 7 kids

Petite Flower Bouquet

I was in charge of the Entree Course:

Boeuf Bourguignon
Pureed Root Vegetables
Mushroom Ragout
Sourdough Crustini
Parsley Buttered Noodles
Chicken Nuggets

An individual Petite bouquet at each place. Mixed white flowers in a mini beaded vase (they are dollar store votive holders, painted, rolled in glue and beads).

Beaded Napkin Ring

Silver napkin rings - wired with glass beads.

Clock Place Card

Sparkley Clock Name cards.

Marshmallow Snowballs

Marshmallow Snowballs in a cellophane bag tied with silver, pink and purple ribbons.

The Table

Dinner (for the adults) was served in the dining room which is decorated for Christmas in pastels, silver & pewter. You can peek at it here. It was a nice change from the traditional Red and Green Holiday decor in the rest of the house, and an easy transition to a sparkley New Years.

In case you are wondering how I pulled this of with just 2 days notice - when I am known to plan and work for months before an event....

I Cheated!

I have used this color scheme in the past, and had the napkin rings and votive/flower holders already made.

There has to be a benefit to moving a can re-use your decor and No One will ever Know.

Happy New Year!


  1. Your table is so lovely and festive! Happy New Year!

  2. looks great! you are a fabulous entertainer : )

  3. WOW! It totally looks like you spent months planning and preparing. So, so pretty! I love progressive parties. Can I come next year?

    Happy New Year, Karina!!!

  4. I love progressive parties too! We use to do one every Christmas with a group of friends...and then people move, kids get older, etc. and it just stopped. :(
    Your table is so gorgeous! You have such a special talent for putting this stuff classy! LOVE the sparkly votives...I have a feeling if I dipped mine in glue and rolled them in beads, they would not turn out like that! Your name cards are awesome too!
    Happy New Year to you!

  5. I think progressive dinners are so much fun. I would love to have been a guest at your table. Everything is gorgeous! I especially love the votive holders that you rolled in beads. So pretty!

    Happy New Year!

  6. Beautiful Karina!!!
    The color scheme was so pretty and festive! pulling this off in 2 days??? you rock...cheating or not!:)
    have a happy day karina

  7. Holy cow, everything is gorgeous!! I can't believe you pulled that together in 2 days. I bet everyone had a great time!!