This year we actually got to spend New Years' Eve at home! We usually spend New Years' Eve at CG's parents house, but this year the big bash was the night before so we got to get our party on at home. I realize this may sound weird to many of you, but by the time New Years' comes around, a fun night at home with the family is just so wonderful.
Dinner was Appetizer Night, which consisted of various appetizers purchased from our local grocer's freezer. It also required very little cooking on the part of the family "chef". We also had this yummy Cream Cheese Pesto Dip that I got from the lovely Emily of Is This Really My Life?!. We used pesto that I had made this summer with basil from our garden and it was just so yummy I can't find the words to describe it to you. It really was that good. And super easy to put together. Making it taste even better.
While we enjoyed all this yummy excess of food, we also broke out CG's Star Wars Monopoly!
Then we headed outside for our noisy welcome of the New Year. Technically, it was 8:00 p.m. and not Midnight, but there is no way that my girls could stay up until Midnight and not pay the consequences for many, many days. Even at 8, our celebration was awesome. Crowns, horns, Snap-Its and those noisy popper thingies were all involved.
And the last, official picture of 2011.