We hosted a pasta dinner and invited our guests to bring their favorite sauces—an easy way to ensure everyone likes what they're having for dinner. We also served homemade meatballs (recipe courtesy of America's Test Kitchen), salad, more appetizers than anyone could eat, and champagne cupcakes for dessert.
Our house was filled with 6 families (totaling 12 adults and 10 kids, ages 2-15) and there was activity and noise everywhere! The kids raced around like their lives depended on it; if only we could harness that energy! At one point, our nephew even created a treasure hunt game for the smaller kids to help give them direction; it was really sweet to have him play the big kid during the party! I was shocked by how our circles of friends overlap and people we didn't realize have a connection know each other. It's a very small world at times!
At 8:00, we broke out the champagne and sparkling apple cider, donned our hats/tiarras, and counted down to "midnight".
It was such a treat to spend an evening with good friends ... so many smiles and so much laughter.
Happy 2013 to all of our loved ones!
|Rachel, Eric, and Nat catching up|
|Nikhil having a rare still moment|
|Staci and Kat having a quiet moment|
|Elaine and Mamatha|
|Nat sporting his new years hat|
|Anne and Nicola|
|Grace enjoying her cupcake|
|Troy doing dishes ... I'm sure he's dreaming about being at the cabin!|
|Rachel and Liam playing|
|Kiran sporting a frosting face|