Today is going to be such a fun day because I am joining forces with some fabulous bloggers for a virtual cocktail party. A big thank you to Vicki and Jenn of 2 Bees in a Pod for putting this fantastic blog hop together!
Late last week, my family and I met for dinner to celebrate one of my sister’s birthdays. Anytime the 12 of us are gathered around the table sharing a meal is definitely a special time. That being said, it can become a bit chaotic when the kids are sprinkled in the mix and we’re all spread out banquet style. I never realized the things my sisters had to go through just to sit down and eat with littles until I found myself right in the middle of two of them over dinner. In between mad games of tic-tac-toe and stories of Holiday Barbie I caught the sweetest glimpse of my sisters.
They were simultaneously leaning over plates of ravioli and salad catching up on “the latest” while snuggling a hungry baby, cutting up cheese pizzas and passing salt shakers down the table to my dad.
It was almost like a modern game of telephone when one of my sisters said, “Mom, ask CoCo if she got that funny text too!” as fits of giggles ensued.
These moments which are seemingly the most mundane moments are my favorite moments. Can we just give it up for all of the hard working moms this holiday season? They may be feeling like crazed bananas on the inside but on the outside they are cool as cucumbers.
It was watching my sisters catch up and playing family telephone at the table that made me think about hosting a ladies’ lunch to celebrate the New Year. I know there are a lot of glitzy parties on New Year’s Eve so this simple lunch would be really easy to put together and have all of your favorite ladies over before the night’s festivities begin.
Let me show you how easy this was to pull together. You’ll need a piece of fabric, tablecloth or table runner (this one was thrifted so it only cost a few dollars.)
I used mix and match dinner plates, salad plates and textured napkins. Honestly, you’re trying to keep this as casual and stress free as possible so use what you have on hand.
Since the New Year marks a special event, you’ll want to incorporate that in your decorations somehow. I printed these clocks out to use as place cards.
Next use simple seasonal decorations like nature inspired elements or ornaments that complement your home’s holiday theme.
Our home had a “Heaven and Nature Sing” theme this year so I decided to use cedar trees, pine cones and sticks from around our property.
Candles are always fun to help create a special ambiance too so make sure you include them if you have them.
If you have the space for it, set up an area you can keep the food and drinks together. This is actually an old work bench I painted and turned into an outdoor buffet. We use it all the time!
Creating a signature cocktail or mocktail is always fun to have on hand. This one is called Santa’s Florida Kiss which I’ll share with you how to make tomorrow.
I used these number tags as glass markers because counting down to the New Year …3, 2, 1…is exciting!
Keeping the menu light and casual will help cut down on any party preparation stress. A mix of nuts and dried fruit, cheese, crackers and smoked sausage,
an easy salad like this one with kale, spinach, blueberries and grilled chicken and a hearty soup will be pretty yet easy to throw together.
Bonus, most of this can be prepped ahead!
Finally, you’ll need something a little something sweet to serve after lunch. You could serve a festive yule log cake, seasonal truffles or Christmas cookies. We almost always wind up hanging out around the fire so we keep s’mores kits at the ready.
Don’t forget to make your friends comfortable by offering cozy blankets they can curl up with and
add lots of pillows around seating areas too.
See you guys…super simple!
2017 will be here before you know it so make sure to take time enjoy your friends and family this holiday season.
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