January 1, 2012

Ringing in the New Year...Chinese New Year Style!

We tend to be pretty tame at our house on New Years eve...lots of food, board games and party decor. If you've been a follower of my blog, you know I love any excuse to decorate for parties!!


This year, I asked the girls what kind of food they'd like (we usually make loads of appetizers in place of dinner) and both agreed that Chinese food sounded like fabulous alternative. Any excuse to bring out my special fan plates makes me happy!

Our favorite Chinese restaurant closed at 3pm, so I spent some time in my kitchen preparing a few of our favorite dishes.


Needless to say, we have lots of leftovers for New Years Day!!

Josie received this Richard Scarry's Busy Town game for Christmas and we had fun learning how to play it last night.

We are so thankful that our 13 year doesn't mind playing board games with her 5 year old sister. Thank you, Emma. We let the girls stay up until midnight and we were all a bit slap-happy by the end of the night.


I'm excited to see what's in store for 2012! We have a month-long celebration with Chinese New Year on 1/23! Get ready for Dragon decorations and a CNY give-away featuring Kay Bratt's new book Mei Li and the Wise Laoshi (separate post to come soon). I've bought several copies of her latest book to share with other adoptive friends.

Happy New Year!

Linking to:
The Thrifty Groove: Thrifty Tablescape Link Party

XOXO



17 comments:

Kim said...

Happy New Year my friend..
enjoy your day...
and your dinner looks YUMMY...
Can't wait to see what 2012 has in store ...
love ya

vivian said...

Happy New Year Kim! I woke up so darn early yesterday (4:00am) that I had a difficult time staying up past midnight! lol! once that ball dropped I was begging to go home! hit the pillow and never moved until 7:00 am! thats sleeping really late for me!
Never even heard the baby crying or anyone moving around in the night!
have a fun day.. your food looks yummy! I'm making chicken cordon blu today!
xoxo
vivian

My Vintage Mending said...

Oh! Dumplings my favorite! We are enjoying our black eyed peas today and took the big tree ornaments off last night. Lots of clean up today as the cold front has moved in. Loved Busy town...miss that age terribly. I have those glasses they are so delicate I continue to pick them up when I see them. Enjoy your girls today. We have a couple more days till school starts on Weds. Smiles...Renee

Heather said...

Your dinner looks so delicious! The table is very pretty too! Happy New Year, Kim!

Beach Mama said...

Happy New Year Kim! Your meal looked quite tasty! You should share your recipes:)

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

Looks like fun! Happy New Year! Would love your recipes. One of my goals for 2012 is to learn to make more Chinese dishes.

Lee said...

HaPpY NeW YeAr!
As always....thanks for sharing the fun! Hugs!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The girls look so sweet together and I would even love to play the Busy Town game! You are beautiful in the kitchen, my friend! Looks like you've cooked enough for all of us...I'll be right over! Enjoy this special time! Happy New Year! ♥♥♥

Nellie said...

Your party sounds like such fun! Can't believe everyone stayed awake until midnight, though. We didn't even make it that late ourselves.
Happy New Year!

Karin said...

Oh my gosh...you cooked all that?! It looks amazing! YUM!!! Happy New Year! :) I'm looking forward to seeing all your CNY decorations. :)

Cheryl G. said...

Sounds like a perfect way to spend New Years Eve!
Wishing you a wonderful 2012!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

You have the most energy and the best spirit!

Happy New Year!

lea
xo

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Well don't you look just so cute in the kitchen! Maybe I'll get in the kitchen more in 2012- but I hope not. :) Your decor and your girls are cute, too! Looks like you had a fun time! ♥

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Happy new year Kim! I hope it is a wonderful one for you and your family.
And wow, what beautiful pictures you take. I wish I could take such lovely pictures. It looked like a really nice celebration! I spent yesterday antiquing and had a great time. Now back to work and all those resolutions . . . .
Hugs,
Julie

Jodee said...

Oh my word! What a fabulous New Year's Eve! I love, love, love Chinese food!

Kamree just asked if we could have a V-Day party! What should I say?!

Joanna B said...

Happy New Year!! Your dinner looked GREAT!

Diann said...

Kim, it looks like everyone had such a fun time! Everything looks great and your fan luncheon pates are so pretty! The food is making me drool! Thank you for joining this month's Thrifty Tablescape party! I hope you have a wonderful week!