I started by decking the halls. Or hall, as it were. Behind the New Year's banner, I've got a piece of yarn displaying some of the Christmas cards I've received, along with some extra ornaments.
I picked up the really terrible messes, but I left the place decorated for Christmas - consciously. There was a long time that I hosted a Christmas party every year. For a variety of reasons, that became impractical. It's actually pretty easy to have everyone over on New Year's Eve, and it's sort of fun that each year, the theme of the party is Christmas!
Unfortunately, I couldn't do any better than this 4th of July tablecloth. Maybe next year!
I had a crazy spread going - and you can't really even make out the little wheel of brie baking in the toaster oven. I had asked the guests to bring something to eat, which was probably unnecessary given the amount of food I already had. But, the friends took heed and brought plenty to eat and drink. I'm not sure how everything fit into the refrigerator and on the tables, but it did and it was awesome!
Once everyone was well-fueled, the kids settled into my bedroom to watch Matilda while the grown ups got serious and played Cards Against Humanity. I don't have photos of it, though I did discover this one loner under the coffee table while cleaning up the next day.
And with that, the evening soon came to an end. It was a total blast and a great way to kiss 2013 goodbye. Welcome, 2014. We're glad you're here!