I don’t remember the last time I went out for a NYE party. That part of my life is pretty much non-existence now because of the two very young kiddos at home. I don’t mind it though. I love spending my NYE with them, even if it means going to bed at 9pm. At least we can still catch the east coast fireworks on TV. :)
Since George and I couldn’t make it out to NYE parties anymore, we decided to ring in the new year in a different way. We decided to break out the champagne, try out new recipes, and dress up the table for a New Year’s day champagne brunch at home! I also received a really nice set of china and a sleek set of glassware from Noritake, so I was super stoked use them. I’ve been loving black & white lately and decided to use that as the decor for our brunch. By the way, if you’re looking to add some new dinnerware, Noritake is offering 15% off to my readers on everything with promo code SWEET15. I absolutely love my set here and the previous one I used for my birthday.
On the table: A super cool set of salt & pepper shakers I got at Hollow, one of my favorite neighborhood coffee house near me. I love discovering knick knacks where I don’t normally expect to find them.
More on the table: Placemats via my friend Viola‘s shop, Maika. // Glassware and china set from Noritake (15% off with promo code SWEET15) // DIY dinner napkins with the help of my crafty friend, Christine // I // I collect and use these mini Siggi’s yogurt bottles as my flower bud vases. You should try. It’s super cute!
On the menu: Starter – Green beans and Serrano Ham with Chive Dressing. Original recipe calls for white asparagus, but since we couldn’t find any, we substitute it with fresh seasonal green beans. The chive dressing is so tangy it’s a must try!
Side dish – Fresh fruits and radishes. I even got a chance to play around with food photography prior to eating. Boy, is it a skill or what?! I give so much credit to people who can style and photograph food really well.
Main dish – Baked French Toast Casserole. It’s made out of french baquettes! Soooo good and easy!
To quickly change out of my apron for a more festive look (and to make it an effort that I’m on a “date”), I simply put on a faux fur scarf. I love this one here at 50% off! You can’t go wrong with owning one of these. They work every winter!
So yes, even though we couldn’t make it out to celebrate NYE, it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it altogether. I love that George and I got to spend some quiet time at home and enjoy the new year. You should give it a try too! I’m pretty open for brunch the rest of January. *wink wink*
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