A Simple New Year’s Eve

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Happy 2014!

The past two days have been full of countless toasts, hopes, and inspirations for the New Year. We had a blast ringing in 2014 at one of our favorite places – our home. I honestly think that last time I celebrated New Years at home was back when I was in high school. We all know I like a good party and any excuse to drink champagne and wear sequins.

In the past I always wanted to try new things on New Years – I’ve done the all-inclusive dance parties, the warehouse parties, the house parties, the gayborhood bar hopping, the ski lodge trip, and the tropical island trip. Most have been disappointments (oh except for the tropical island one – last years New Years in Puerto Rico was unforgettable). Yes, I have fun memories with girlfriends but usually the bad outweighs the good. There is too much stress over what to do, what to wear, who to kiss at midnight, and how long it takes to get a drink at the bar. The night usually ended in some combination of exhaustion, being broke, ย tears, and regret. ย How is that any way to start a New Year?

This year I switched it up a bit. Back in the Fall we decided to spend New Years Eve at home with just the two of us. The fall was a busy time traveling around seeing friends. We wanted to wake up in our own bed and have the night to ourselves. Simplify – one thing I plan to achieve this year.

I rearranged our furniture and made it so we would spend the night eating and drinking upon a huge pile of blankets and pillows in our living room surrounded my candles and strung up twinkle lights. It converted out little home into a cozy, romantic, love nest for the night. We dressed up a bit, made some favorite appetizers, and toasted the night away.

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We eventually changed into sweats and watched a few episodes of Breaking Bad (yeah we’re a little late to that party!) before the clock struck midnight. I was so happy to use our Champagne flutes from our wedding and as we clinked our glasses after midnight we shared our hopes for the New Year. We facetimed with family and were in bed by 1:30. (On a side note, my parents were up partying until 2:30 …hmmm how things change!)

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On New Year’s Day we hosted my family for the traditional New Years Dinner. We loved welcoming everyone into our home and feasting together. It was a great way to welcome 2014.

I may just be getting old, but I loved staying in together.

Happy New Year! The best is yet to come!

xoxo katie

  • Such a fun post, Katie! Beautiful photos and your home looks so cozy and festive! I agree with you…I’ve gotten to the stage where I’d rather just stay in and celebrate with loved ones on NYE. Wishing you a wonderful 2014! xoxo – Donna

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks Donna! Staying home and cozy is where it is at! I hope you had a fun New Years Eve too! xoxo

  • Pat (mom)

    I’m so glad you and Ryan had a great time on New Year’s Eve. We really enjoyed having dinner with you New Year’s Day. Happy 2014.

    • kwalshmac

      even though I think you all had more “fun” than us ๐Ÿ™‚ New Years Day was very nice, thanks for coming!

  • that sounds like a perfect NYE. i’m stealing that idea for next year!

    • kwalshmac

      It really was lovely, I’m going to remember to turn my living room into a pillow fort more often ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!

  • THAT SKIRT. TO DIE FOR.

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks! It’s actually a dress, $24 at Forever21 last year! I’m a sucker for sequins!

  • What a great idea!!! I love the “NYE at home” concept – I feel like usually big parties & crowds end up underselling on NYE. It can get so overrated SO quickly. Glad you made the holiday one to remember!

    • kwalshmac

      Yes, New Years Eve can be SO disappointing! Rather keep it simple these days! Hope you had a good one!

  • Ohh! NYE in Puerto Rico sounds fun! Did you stay at a resort? I used to go ALL OUT for NYE, but as I’ve grown older (I’m basically a grandma) – quiet nights in have become my go-to. I LOVE that you used your flukes from your wedding!! I’ve always thought that we’d keep ours boxed up for the rest of our lives, but I’m totally going to steal that idea ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kwalshmac

      Yes, I don’t think I’m EVER going to beat the NYE in Puerto Rico! We were on Vieques, a very small island off the main island, so we had an ocean front apartment, very fun! And yes, why not use the nice stuff? I think about that every time I look at my crystal in the china cabinent, it was made to be used, not to just look pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ Makes special events even more special! Like you, I’m usually ready for bed BEFORE midnight these days. Sheesh! Hope you had a good New Years!

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