We started a new thing a few years back. We buy 1 gift for New Years. The gift that was on our list for Christmas but we did not get Also we do the Cabbage, German tradition from my family, and the black eyed peas. DH says is some kind of southern tradition.
Post by suzwantstobefree on Dec 26, 2010 18:00:39 GMT -5
I usually don't do anything on New Year's Eve. As a matter of fact, I may not even stay up until midnight. Me and my Boyfriend will probably go out to dinner on the first and see a movie. He wants to see True Grit and it is his turn to pick.
Post by Plain Old Petunia on Dec 26, 2010 22:17:04 GMT -5
On NYE, in the afternoon, I will visit a Star Trek exhibit with my son, my BF, and possibly BF's nephew who is the same age as my son. Then we will have dinner with BF's brother and wife. We will be back at BF's house and sound asleep by midnight.
On NYD, we will visit some friends who are Brits and keep the tradition of having an open house type party.
For many years (>25) late DH & I had an open house/NY eve party followed on NY day by extended family in for all the leftovers (clean & cook 1x for 2 events). We hated (I still do) that all places raise prices so high we could go out 3x for what NYE cost.
However, we started to find that the weather was usually the PITS in metro Chicago on NYE. For the last several years of his life & since his passing we just stayed home. We did carryout from a place w/regular menu prices and opened a bottle of cheap champagne.
Both DDs have had open houses for years. This year DD2 is telling me she is NOT and she says DD1 is not either. However, I am betting that they both will end up w/a small group at each home. Both have always asked me BUT I hate driving what w/the usual weather and drunks that night.
I have decided to blow the entire week's food budget on a GREAT meal:
seafood appetiser (shrimp, crab or lobster depending on ads) GOOD steak w/ twice baked, creamed spinach & ceasar salad cheesecake (Sara Lee outlet store) wine, champagne, Bailey's
Post by NancysSummerSip on Dec 27, 2010 9:48:22 GMT -5
I am pulling out my little fondue pot and making fondue for two, with ice cream made in the new ice cream maker I received as a gift, and a glass of champagne each. No plans to go out at this time, and I'm good with that.
Post by dancinmama on Dec 27, 2010 13:06:35 GMT -5
We definitely will be staying in. I probably will go to Costco and pick up several appetizers to graze on for NYE and NYD. I think we have a couple of small lobster tails in the freezer that DH will want to break out.
We go to DH's side for NYE. The tradition is to stay late (2 am) playing fireworks. But since the kids arrived, we usually leave by 11:00 pm as it is difficult driving as it gets close to midnight, and we're all usually pretty tired by then.
i started my NY eve/day shopping on Mon (I was out to visit my dad & pickup an Rx anyhow).
I am already WAAAY under budget. Got a NY strip steak on clearance (use by 12/31) for $2.99/lb + an added 30% off. Even cooked it will be 2-3 servings. Forzen spinach was on sale for $0.69/pkg & is 2 servings. I did buy onion dip as it was on sale for 0.99 which is the same price as the sour cream to make dip.
Potaoes, wine, champagne & salad fixings are already on hand.
Since I have been SOOO frugal I am considering 'blowing' the budget and buying a tray of sushi instead of the seafood appetiser.
Post by Wisconsin Beth on Dec 30, 2010 11:20:17 GMT -5
We're having shrimp and steak for dinner, with salad and baked potatoes. I got the shrimp on sale a couple of weeks ago and DH picked up the steak on sale last night. We've got potato and salad. And one of my bosses gifted me with a bottle for French champagne - I just have to remember to bring it home tonight. Not sure about a dessert though. But we'll be in bed before midnight, I'm sure. Well, I'm sure I will be. You never know with DH.
I'm spending the long weekend taking down wallpaper in the dining room. In my family, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut were a NYD tradition so I may ask DH to make mashed potatoes. We have canned sauerkraut in the refrig.