Brad and I went to a couple New Year's Eve parties when we were dating but for our first New Year's Eve as a married couple, we left a party early so we could ring in the New Year at home. We celebrated our first New Year snuggled up on the couch watching The Hangover. Yeah, I'm kind of a sucker for my low-key New Year's Eves even if everyone else thinks I'm lame.
For those of you that are planning to host a party, I'd like to share a decorating tip:
We've all seen it on Pinterest, fill a wine glass with (in this case) ornaments, flip it upside down on a table and put a candle on top. It makes a beautiful and cheap display. I did this with red and green ornaments to use as a centerpiece for our Christmas party this year, and if I'm not mistaken I made this exact same mistake at last year's Christmas party also! It definitely looks nice, doesn't it?
What Pinterest does NOT show you is this:
The candle wax melts off the side off the glass and onto the table! I cannot believe I made this mistake two years in a row. I had completely forgotten about cleaning melted wax from the glasses and table until it was too late. I cleaned the wax off the best I could, but I think there will always be wax in the little crevices of our dining room table. Next year, hopefully I'll remember to use tea-lights instead.
Lastly, I'd like to share a dessert recipe with you. If you are going to a party and need a dessert, this is the one to take. It's so tasty it's sinful. I found the recipe on Pinterest over a year ago and I make it for parties whenever I can. It's incredibly easy and feeds a lot (of adults).
Kahlua Cake Truffle
- 1 Chocolate Cake Mix, prepared
- 1/3 Cup Kahlua (more or less to taste)
- Chocolate Mousse, prepared
- Cool Whip
- Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits
- Bake your chocolate cake and let it cool COMPLETELY. Then using a fork poke holes all over the top of your cake. Pour the Kahlua over your cake and let soak for at least 1 hour.
- Cut the cake into 1-inch squares
- Prepare chocolate mousse.
- Layer cake cubes, mousse and cool whip. Sprinkle candy pieces on top.
- Repeat layers until bowl is filled
For those of you going out on New Year's Eve, please be careful. Don't drink and drive! Many AAA locations around the country offer a free towing service to everyone (not just AAA members) on New Year's Eve Check with a AAA location near you.
2014 Resolutions? Live life to the fullest and say yes more than no.