new year’s at home with the kids

As much as I love the idea of a cocktail party, this year we are walking down the street to our good friend’s home to celebrate east coast style. Yep – 9:00 p.m. San Diego time and all our bells and whistles go off as we ring in 2011 as it lands in New York.

No heels and cocktail dress this year. Pajamas are the order for the evening. And finger food – lots of kid friendly finger food. Here’s a few festive ideas that will keep you out of the kitchen for most of the evening. Easy, mostly make ahead dishes so that while your kids are breaking in their new holidays presents, you can actually catch your breath and take advantage of the elastic waist on your pajama bottoms if you are so inclined.

Have fun, have a drink if you can and celebrate with the ones you love. I wish you all a year of vigor, celebration, health and happiness.

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