About a month or so ago, I asked Kevin what he thought about hosting a "New Year's Day Dinner." Last year (2014) we hosted a Christmas Eve dinner and had so much fun having everyone over, we wanted to do something like that again! With January 1st falling on a Friday this year, moving our dinner party to New Year's Day made much more sense to us. So we started planning! Of course by we, I mean me.
I remembered having black-eyed peas for New Year's as a kid, and knowing that they were "lucky" - so I figured there might be more lucky foods! Soon enough, we had a full menu planned and everything else came together quickly. Then on Friday, we transformed our living room to set up tables so we could all eat together! Our house is certainly not large, so it was a feat to get everything rearranged but I loved doing it! Enjoy some of the photos from the party!
The Christmas card display and favors were ideas straight from pinterest - and I love how they turned out!
Happy New Year!!
Grapes & Cheese
“The 12 Grapes of Luck” is a Spanish tradition. At the stroke of midnight, the tradition calls for celebrants to eat a grape at each stroke of the church bell, one for each month.
Smoked Salmon Mousse
Fish are considered lucky in Asia because they’re always moving forward.
Sausage and Cheese Queso
Pear and Pomegranate Salad
Their red color represents the human heart and denotes life and fertility, their medicinal properties represent health, and their abundant, round seeds represent prosperity!
Pork with an Apricot Glaze
Pigs symbolize progress, some believe because they never move backwards, Others believe it's because of their feeding habits (they push their snouts forward along the ground when rooting for food).
During the Civil War, Sherman’s troops destroyed all the crops in the South except the black-eyed peas. They became the only food for the starving Confederates.
Green leafy veggies are good luck because of their color and appearance, which resembles paper cash. The more you eat, the more prosperous you'll be (and the healthier, too!).
Mashed Potatoes & Rolls
Ring-shaped desserts symbolize wealth and prosperity. The Dutch believe that circles are a symbol of success and have a tradition of making and eating donuts each year.
In Greece, a special round cake called vasilopita is baked with a coin hidden inside. At midnight or after the New Year's Day meal, the cake is cut, and the person that has the coin is lucky!
Drinks: Wine, Beer, Punch, and Sparkling Cider