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Happy New Year 2018

Another New Year begins, and once again I am going to spend this day doing the things that I want to do all year long.  I’ll be enjoying a nice breakfast with newly retired DH (that’s dear husband for new readers), watching the Rose Parade, doing a bit of sewing and maybe a bit of stamping, making a creative meal and having dinner at a pretty table.  I will not be doing any chores, although I may try to get in a walk on my treadmill so I can stay motivated this year.  I brought my money in this morning for good fortunes this year too.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

My table is set with black and gold for the New Year.  We didn’t do a party last night, just spent a quiet evening at home.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is simple, gold candles in my Advent ring, a couple of gold horns, some gold star garland and a big piece of gold ribbon to hold a gold Happy New Year paper crown.  All are set on a black charger.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I found these black and gold salad plates on ebay last year, and just had to get them.  I’ve been saving them for this table.  The design in gold on the black is striking, made me wish I had my friend’s gold flatware to set on this table too.  I put them on my white stoneware plates and set the stack on black chargers.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

We had dinner at this table last night and will enjoy it today too.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Of course, we have to have some black eyed peas with lunch today.  My recipe for Jumpin’ John is like Hoppin’ John kicked up a notch!  Do you have a special good luck food for New Year’s day?

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What will you do today that you want to do all year? Did you hide money outside?

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

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New Year’s Eve

We aren’t planning any late night activities tonight, it will be a quiet welcoming of the new year having dinner out with friends and home early. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t do a bit of decorating. I like to get all the Christmas decorations down by this day, and do a little New Year’s cheer for the last of the holiday season.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

I got out the black-with-gold-dots table cloth I made some time ago, adding gold chargers and white plates. The little black octagon plates are going to the thrift store after this breakfast. For breakfast they might hold some fruit.  The wine glasses might hold mimosas, I haven’t decided yet.  White linen napkins are held with clear rings – a thrift store find.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is made of four of those star sprays I got at the dollar store last year, or was it the year before?  Such an inexpensive little thing that adds a lot to a table.   They almost look like fireworks are going off on the table, a bit of color to the elegant black and gold theme.  The bases are wrapped in black with gold trim.  On either side are small glass candlesticks with black candles trimmed in gold.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

I am planning to make Eggnog French Toast for New Year’s Day breakfast. I saw the recipe on Cecilia’s blog My Thrift Store Addiction and DH has given approval for our holiday breakfast.  I may put a spin on the idea by adding some cinnamon, you all know that DH loves cinnamon.   Although, nutmeg might make more sense.  Or maybe both.  The little creamer pitcher will hold syrup warmed in the microwave.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

Once again on New Year’s Eve, I want to remind you to put your money outside this evening!  I know, it seems silly, but what the hey. You hide some money outside on New Year’s Eve, (doesn’t matter how much) then bring the money into the house on New Year’s Day. It is supposed to bring good fortune with it, as long as it is still there, LOL!! Now, I am not superstitious, this is just something fun to do, and seems to be a conversation starter too.  Ask your friends if any of them have ever heard of it.  And for my readers who saw this last year, or the year before, did you do it?

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Of course, tomorrow we will have to have Black Eyed Peas. I usually do a version of Hopping John that I have kicked up a notch with kielbasa and call Jumpin’ John.  The peas are mixed with rice, sausage and sauce, then garnished with green onions.  It is a good luck lunch in a bowl while watching the football games.

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Whatever your plans for tonight and tomorrow, have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!  Wishing you health and happiness in the New Year.

What are your plans for this weekend?

 

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