Happy 2016! January 01 2016

As I write this post, I am recovering from another wonderful New Year’s Eve!  It has become a tradition that we host New Year’s Eve at our home. This year was the sixth or seventh party at the Rosenberg’s and boy have they changed over the years.

There are some consistencies from year to year and that is why we continue to host.  The evening always includes good friends, good wine, interesting punch and great food.  The guest list continues to grow even though we now start the party at 6 pm and kindly ask everyone to leave at 9pm.  There is a little one at our house who doesn’t understand sleeping in, and I need to get some sleep too!  This means I am finished cleaning up in time to watch the ball drop and then head straight to bed. I remember a few years back getting to sleep around 5am… that doesn’t happen too often anymore.

The drinks continue to get better.  My husband is in charge of all beverages from the wine to the punch. The punch is usually very involved and doesn’t get touched. This year the punch included grapefruit, honey, banana liquor, strawberries, basil and Szechuan Peppercorn infused vodka. I’m not giving away the recipe here but you can see it was interesting.  The wine is always a safe bet and we have a champagne saber which usually results in one minor injury but allows everyone to enjoy a lot of bubbly.

The menu was streamlined this year and included meatballs, pigs-in-a-blanket, guacamole and a caviar display.  My friend Jeremy brought some decadent foie gras and chicken liver mousse. I couldn’t help but serve that with some Notorious F.I.G. from Gus & Grey.  I used some of the spices from La Boite to season the meatballs and had some D.A.T. Sauce out with the pigs-in-a-blanket.  As you can imagine, there wasn’t much left! 

Overall I feel the party was a success and know we will do it all over again to ring in 2017.  I am looking forward to an eventful 2016 and am very excited to share it with all of you.

Happy Friday,

Julie