New Year’s Eve Midnight Brunch

A Toast at Midnight

I’ve heard it said that how you ring in the New Year sets the tone for the year to come. I’m not a superstitious person, but I love the idea of creating a party that sets the mood for the future you want.

New Year's Eve Brunch by Prairie Style File

I’ve been in the party planning business in one way or another since I was 21, so I usually ring in the new year at a bar or a club, pressed tight against both friends and strangers.

(One notable exception was the year there was a blizzard and almost everything was closed or cancelled — including the party my client was throwing — so Derrick and I trudged to our neighborhood bar in a white-out and rung in the new year wearing snow boots.)

Midnight Brunch

It just seemed right to do something wildly different this year. So I put out our wedding china and invited some of our closest friends for an intimate midnight brunch.

Mirror Balls at Midnight

I lit lots of candles for ambiance, chose a winter-y white and silver color scheme and prepped the food ahead of time — I’ll post the menu later this week so this post doesn’t get too long — so we could spend our time drinking craft beer and mimosas (and sparkling pear juice for baby and me — thank you Erin!) and catching up.

Candlelight

And, because we can all only do elegant and reflective for so long, we marked our glasses with these brilliant, re-usable drink tags Derrick got at for my Christmas stocking, listened to Zooey Deschanel and her ukelele (and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sing “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” (find it here) and played a few (dozen) spirited games of Uno Roboto.

Brunch by Erin Sparks
Photo by Erin Sparks

I can’t think of a more perfect way to usher in 2013.

Happy New Year!
How will you be celebrating?

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