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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year! Part 2

Should auld aquaintances be forgot? I think not! I leave my Christmas decorations up until after January 6th. It likes to mingle with my New Year's Eve decor.

January 6th marks the Epiphany~when the Magi arrived at the stable. (It is also the 12th day of Christmas~12 Drummers Drumming...). Leaving up our Christmas decor is a very European way to celebrate, it also makes my German Lutheran Grandmother happy and helps to keep the January blahs at bay.

We created our party hats from the colored comics this year. But I also found some darling chapeau's on Etsy. This pink confection by Moth to a Flame Studio is dazzling.
Pure harlequin happiness by 30 one.

Don't forget the noisemakers! I picked up some Christmas crackers on clearance at Marshall's (They are shown in the post below; a $1.50~score!) but I also love these vintage specimens from The Buttercup.
I like to set up a buffet of food that includes what my grandfather liked to call "lil nibblers".

There are assorted cheeses and olives for sweet boy, salami for Mr. Decor and shrimp cocktail for the fashionista and myself.

Nice little crudites are accompanied by the easiest dip I know: sprinkling in a packet of dry salad dressing to a pint of sour cream~yum!

Here's to the bright New Year,
And a fond farewell to the old;
Here's to the things that are yet to come
And to the memories that we hold.
~Author unknown

Happy New Year!


Mildred said...

I do hope you will post pictures of Rudi wearing his New Year's hat!!!

Neabear said...

Beautiful! My hubby's father's side is full of German Lutherans! My father's side is Swedish Lutherans. So we meld the two sides of Lutherans together. Happy New Year! Oh, my stuff is still up too!

KDLOST said...

GORGEOUS! happy new year!!!!

Marianne said...

We ussually leave the Christmasdecoration untill Januari 6th.
Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog.

Liz said...

I always leave my Christmas up until the weekend after New Years. After reading all the blogs I was thinking that I was lazy! I love my Christmas stuff and leave it up as long as I can. : )

Lets DO plan a get together this year! : )
Happy New Year!

Lisa said...

I am looking forward to reading your wonderful blog in 2009.

Have a Happy New year.

Annie said...

I love your food pictures, especially the carrots/celery image. It's a gift being able to arrange food so artfully. Happy New Year, Annie

Carrie said...

May your New Year be happy and bright!

Really Rainey said...

Lovely Party! I could almost taste the wonderful display of food and the chilled champagne!
Happy New Year!
~Really Rainey

twinkleshabbystar said...

Fabulous post! Cheers to you and wishing you a HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR! :) XO, Jenn

vintagewindow said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I'll make sure to give Rusty a hug for you. He is at home right now for Christmas, but will be leaving early Friday morning. He is heading back to Chicago. I will get to see him again in March. Counting the days now.

I love your blog. I've added you to my favorites and will be stalking you now. HAHAHA!!


cherished*vintage said...

It's a tradition for us Norwegians to leave our Christmas up until the 6th too. Leaving it up, does help with the January blahs. I really don't get all those who put away right after Christmas. :o) Happy New Year!

kari and kijsa said...

A great year and blessings for a great new one as well!
Happy New Year,
kari & kijsa

Mimi Sue said...

Your buffet looks so lovely and delicious. I like to keep my decorations up til New Years day. Then while we're watching the parade and football it all gets put away. Have a happy and healthy 2009. Mimi

Charm and Grace said...

Could you pass me the crudites through the computer please? Seriously, happy new year and may 2009 bring many blessings.


ECE AYMER said...

Thanks for stopping and writing your wonderful comments on my blog.Have an insprational happy new year!

Penny said...

Truly, wonderful blog!
I really enjoyed my visit ~
Wishing you the best of everything in 2009!

Coastal Sisters said...

What a fabulous post! I always enjoy my visits :)

Happy New Year Laura,

Lauren said...

Oh the Pillars of the Earth is such a great read! Have a great new year!

Priscila said...

oh sure ur house is amazing and that u throw fun parties...u always have the best stuff on ur blog and the best ideas and things to share! I HEART U :)

cottage farm villa (aka cottagecharm) said...

What a darling party you had! Wishing you happiness and health in the New Year! Cheers.


Linda said...

Just came across your page through Marian's, and I love it. Everything is so beautiful and I appreciate the Etsy ideas. Thanks!

...mmm... said...

You may never read this but what a delightful, pretty post even. And yes, you should leave everything up until Jan 6th--tht is when the 12 day do Xmas actually end, contrary to what most people believe.