While Christmas Eve is usually celebrated with family, New Year's Eve, on the other hand, is celebrated with good friends and usually out. Which is why a couple of months ago, I began making plans with my good friend, MA, before she and her husband would be invited elsewhere. We looked at places to go to, but everything seemed so expensive. I didn't think spending close to 250-300 Euros (for 3 persons) for one night was reasonable. So what about doing it at home, I thought. Each person would bring something good to eat, provide entertainment, and come in their respective costumes. This was definitely reasonable.
We quickly made plans of how we wanted the night to be. I figured if we organized everything early, there would be no room for surprises. I was wrong. Two days after Christmas, it started snowing and we were afraid. Since we live about 50 kilometers away from each other and our other good friend, VI, we were a bit scared of taking the road, especially at night and early morning. We waited up until the last minute for the weather forecast and moved the party to my house. It was a bit tight, but there were no complaints.
It was a great night with friends, games, exchanging gifts and of course - delicious food!
Shrimp and Homemade Cocktail Sauce
Top: Smoked Salmon Canapés
Bottom: Tuna Rillette on Toast
We also had : more Tuna Rillette, Hummus, Green Olive Tapenade, Mozzarella Balls, Guacamole with Nachos, Crabstick Toasts, Pain Surprise, Pigs in a Blanket, and Bruschetta. And not to forget - the Fresh Oyster Bar!!!
We alternated between eating, exchanging gifts, and playing games throughout the night. Finally, at midnight, we all shouted the countdown together then it was hugs and kisses all over.
But we quickly went back to business, opening a bottle of bubbly and eating like there's no tomorrow!
And to accompany our drinks, we had 2 Buches de Noel our friend, VI, bought from a Paul Boulangerie and Patisserie in Metz. Both were delicious!
But what was our dessert highlight was definitely the homemade Panna Cotta with Red Fruit Coulis. Thank God for good friends who make delicious Panna Cotta! :)
And thank God for friends whose partners make amazing homemade Gingerbread Men!
I couldn't bring myself to break this little man apart. Don't you just hate it when your food is too cute to eat?!?
And because we follow Filipino traditions, we had our bowl of 12 fruits ready for the new year. Each fruit has its own significance. Orange - money, apple - harmony, grapes - luxury, mango - strong family ties, lychee - happiness and good fortune, and pomelo - good health, to name a few.
So here's how we spent our New Year's Eve. We might have stayed home, but we had one heck of a night! I hope you did too. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!