02 January 2013

First Party of 2013

The week leading up to New Year's Eve is always exciting, or depressing, depending on how you look at it. The holiday party hype builds when the invites start popping up in inboxes in November and lasts right through the last glass of mead on Christmas Day. Except, somehow NYE always seems like an after thought.
Then there is that quiet, lazy week at the tail end of the year. I don't know about you, but I usually work half days, marathon my way through entire TV series and eat leftover goose and cake to get through the dark first days of winter while I bask in the glow of my Christmas tree for just a few more days.
Intruding upon that blissful hibernation and recovery from all the Christmas parties, December 30th rolls around and suddenly there's a mad scramble to lock down plans for that one last holiday fete: New Year's Eve.
I've had both of the popular NYE plan archetypes: 1) Staying on the couch and watching a 24 hour marathon of the Twilight Zone and waking up on January 1st with eye pain from the TV and a stomach ache from the snacking, and 2) Attempting/succeeding in partying my ass off and awaking on the first with eye pain from drinking and a stomach ache, also from drinking.
Though both have their own charm this year I committed to plans in advance, saving me from the mad scramble of finding something "epic" to do and just letting me relax and prep my hors d'ouvres in peace (the latkes were perfect in case you were wondering). Maybe I'm growing up, but I called my boyfriend weeks before Christmas and said, "This year, we are deciding on NYE plans early." And instead of forgetting, I actually did it. Miraculous.

So, Meghan and Nardo had a party. It was intimate; And by that I mean there was a lot of man on man beard scratching. Everyone was dressed up in their nice clothes and we went down to Long Beach where Nardo lives to party our way in 2013.
Me and Rich celebrating the New Year and being together for exactly 2 years at midnight
Homemade flatbread with melted cheese and tomatoes
Eric and Nardo
Meghan's tattoo
Meghan and Nardo, our wonderful hosts
Around 11:30 we prepared for 12 midnight in hats and crowns and passed around noisemakers
Tone and Colleen
We all played beer pong
Getting ready to count down!
After this the pictures were kind of bad because we were all drinking sparkling wine and toasting to the New Year. Meghan and I attempted to start a dance party, we hung out on the porch, played more games until early the next morning.

Not a bad way to meet 2013. Did you do anything fun?


  1. Someday I'll get some plans together before the actual day of New Year's Eve. It looks like your pre-scheduled party was a success! I scrambled to find something to do and ended up watching many many hours of The Twilight Zone, then going out with a couple friends, and then watching a couple more hours of the Twilight Zone marathon. Good times.

  2. Kinga Sarolta KavasiJanuary 3, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    Happy New Year!


  3. I decided to have a party the day before even though I wasn't feeling that great and then I woke up on Monday like "WHAT DID I DO" but I called in sick and slept til noon and prepared til 8 and then it was actually super fun with many of my favorite people! I'm still recovering though.

  4. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! I wish I could have parties like this, my friends are a bunch of animals and trash my house. -___-

  5. I love this. Have you read this article by Man Repeller? It speaks of similar sentiments http://www.manrepeller.com/2012/12/new-years-same-problems.html

  6. Emily_RubySlippersJanuary 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I was just going to say all these pictures look really good, despite the sparkling wine and toasting! Gah, people like you are my dream, I had a tiny party this year and it was so hard getting anyone to commit (or even commit to not coming) until the day before. THAT is why I hate New Years Eve, everyone's so busy looking for something epic that they usually end up doing something lame.

  7. Happy new year, it sounds like the best party!

    maria xxx

  8. I hadn't but thanks for sharing! Despite my complaints, I would never break up with NYE! I've had a handful of super fun ones and a handful of really lazy ones, but her's sound mildly disastrous so I get that.


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