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As a party planner, you’d think I’d be whooping it up this year on New Year’s Eve.  As a Mom to a 20-month old, you’d think I’d be knocked out asleep by 9 pm;)  While neither will be true this year (at least I hope I can make till midnight), we do still have some fun plans – family style.

Last year we bought the Wii Fit for Christmas and spent the whole day playing, it was great.  This year, we plan on doing the same thing for New Year’s Eve.  We’re inviting family to join us and any fun neighbors with kids who also desire the ‘good ol’ times’ without the headache of babysitters, crowds, overly priced drinks and, of course, the drunk drivers.  We will, of course partake in fun cocktails and champagne, and make appetizers for noshing.  After all, Wii can work up quite an appetite.

I’ve done all sorts of great things on New Year’s Eve – Las Vegas when I was 21, we’ve gone on an adult’s only 14 day Mexican Riviera cruise (divine), the usual group of all of us paying ridiculous amounts of money to get into a club downtown with the promise of endless drinks and great seats (only to stand in line the majority of the time to purchase a watered down cocktail), and staying home for a quiet night.  But, after last year’s fun, I have to say that a Wii New Year’s Eve with family and friends will by far be the best and safest (unless someone accidentally chucks a nunchuck) yet.

And, to top it off, I have a guaranteed kiss at midnight – what could be sweeter?

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Here’s one of my favorite simple little drink recipes for New Year’s:

Kir Royale

  • Champagne
  • Blackberry Cassis (black currant liqueur)

Pour champagne in glass (leave a little room on top), top it off with a drop or two of blackberry cassis, add a blackberry for garnish (optional)

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