What are your New Year’s plans this weekend? What’s that, no real plans? Me neither… But I’m kind of excited! We will be at home in Manhattan Beach, the weather is supposed to be beautiful, mid 70’s, at The Green Yogi Jamie is teaching her awesome flow at 8 AM on Saturday which will be followed by a sweat pumping flow class with Mary at 9:30 AM. Plus there is swell scheduled to hit this weekend so my husband is pumped, did I mention I love Southern California?
If you are in need of inspiration for celebrating the start of 2012 and don’t want to deal with reservations, arranging drivers, or paying way too much for a glass of champagne why not have a staycation and host your own NYE party? I came across this post from Camille Styles and was instantly inspired to take advantage of Southern California this weekend and host my own wine and cheese party this Saturday night!
I’m picturing 10-14 friends in cozy sweaters and jeans, playing Taboo and Gin Rummy, while trying a wide variety of our favorite wines, organic bottles from Coturri Winery, a selection of cheeses like muenster, brie, gruyere, havarti, and reggiano, an assortment of olives, cured meats, french bread, kale chips, and topped off with fresh and dried fruit. Being 6 months pregnant I will of course have some fresh fruit spritzers on hand;) I’m planning on hitting Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s hard tomorrow!
All I need to complete our laid back New Year’s Eve are small plates, cute little bowls, cutting boards, cheese knives, maybe a festive table cloth, and of course multiple sets of stemware for the beverages, so I don’t have to do dishes while hosting. The food will be our center piece and our friends can nibble and sip the night away while celebrating the beginning of 2012!
And of course I can’t forget the sweets. Something simple, probably an assortment of dark, milk and white chocolate truffles. I have a recipe I’m excited to try from Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, yum!
Wishing you a happy and safe New Year’s filled with friends, family, and positive intentions.