It is not, perhaps, my most noble goal, but one of the things I've always wanted to do is to throw a New Year's Eve party. I know, I know; some people have long-held dreams of running marathons and writing novels, but for me, it seems, the pinnacle of achievement is wearing a sparkly dress, hoisting aloft a bacon-wrapped date, and toasting the impending year underneath half a dozen handmade tissue pompoms.
What, it's not like I'm proud.
I didn't have a whole lot going on in the last few weeks of 2011—my old job had finished and my new one hadn't yet begun—which gave me ample time to put ridiculous amounts of energy into creating the invitations. Seriously, I don't know what I was thinking; an evite would have been fine. Instead, I messed around with sparkly gold paper and numerical stickers and spent an entire afternoon in front of Doctor Oz, handwriting each one until my hand cramped up. In hindsight, I should have just texted everyone and called it a day, but there is a special part of my brain reserved for the appreciation of gilt-edged envelopes and I am sorry, but it kicked into high gear around December 16th.
You should know that I also matched my dress to those invitations. I think there's probably a twelve-step program for that.
My Sudden Onset Crafting Gene didn't stop at the invitations. No, it went further, I'm afraid, to the banner I made for the kitchen.....
.....and then to the little cocktail stirrers I made for the drinks, which were fun to look at but ridiculous in practice if you were drinking champagne, because the glass was so narrow that they kept poking you in the mouth every time you went to take a sip. Hello, welcome to my party! Can I get you anything? A paper cut on your lip, perhaps?
I had some of those cocktail stirrer things left over, actually, so I just turned them into cupcake toppers instead. I know cupcakes are so 2009 and it's all about donuts or cake pops or miniature lattice-crusted pies now or whatever, but I maintain that if you are in the market to give a slightly drunk crowd an instantaneous sugar rush, you cannot go wrong with this cupcake recipe and a tumbler of gold sprinkles. Did you know gold sprinkles are a thing you can actually buy? You do now!
Then I went insane and sprayed some mason jars gold. If you've ever wondered what you do when you're between jobs, I have the answer for you right here. You spray mason jars gold.
Thank god I no longer have so much time on my hands, right? I almost turned into a caricature of myself.
All in all, I was really pleased with how the party turned out, and it certainly fulfilled my need to buy thirty gold helium balloons and spend the afternoon making baked brie on sticks. Happily, I think everyone else had a lot of fun too.
There are quite a few more pictures of our New Year's Eve party here, if you're interested. In the meantime, I hope you're having a happy 2012 so far! How did you welcome in the new year? Still picking glitter out of your bathmat or is that just me?