Archive for January, 2014

Twelfth Night 2014

Being the first Christmas spent in my house, we came up with a new tradition – a Christmas tree made out of lights.20140108-232654.jpg

It fits perfectly in the space, no trees directly died on my behalf and it added just the right amount of holiday cheer. We also took all the lovely holiday cards that we were sent and strung then up as well.

Pardon the friend, but that was the best shot of the hanging cards I had. But it is fitting she should be represented in this post, as Jenn brought a whopping FOUR dishes to share! Mom elevated her status from guest to co-host for her contributions.

And while we are doing shout outs – a very special shout out to Steve for his Master Fryer skills with the lumpia.


My Twelfth Night Party is probably the largest get together I have for the year. This year, we had 60 RSVP and 40 total show up. Guests ranged in age from 2 months old to 72 years young, and included everything in between. It was really amazing to bring this mix of people together, from all the different areas of my life.

There was so much food, so many people, I barely had time to speak with anyone until the crowds thinned out around 6pm.


For a brief moment, I even thought there’d be hula dancing! But we contained ourselves and saved the madness for karaoke. *Actually there was brief instructional hula, but no choreographed performance.*

The first guests arrived at 1pm and the last guests left at 1am. Twelve hours of partying for Twelfth Night. Wouldn’t want it any other way.


New Year’s Eve: Gemütlichkeit

Been a bit under the weather most of Christmastime 2013, and coupled with a particularly busy work schedule, it hasn’t been the most rambunctious of holidays. That said, my brother is in town and having the family together is what is most important.


So coming home from work yesterday, we had plans for a simple New Year’s Eve dinner, with brother cooking his famous carbonara, and a dear hula sister coming over to meet the family. I get home and mom has busted out the fancy settings and before you know it, looks like I have to dress for dinner!


A lovely time was had, just sitting around the table, sharing stories and eating good food with people I love. Memories are made of this! Midnight came and went and instead of the cava, we did shots of NyQuil. We rang in the New Year with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne on the ukulele and tucked myself in for the night.

My annual twelfth night party is this Sunday. While poised to be a much larger affair, I’m hoping this general feeling of gemütlichkeit sticks around all of 2014.

Happy New Year to all!