Enter: this year, Leo is three months old, I'm just rounding out my maternity leave (read: one income household) and we've been elected by Ricardo's extended family to be the hosts of this year's celebration. We originally conceived of a James Bond themed party with Martinis (shaken, not stirred) and lots of gold embellishments.
I furiously scoured the internet looking for deals on cases of champagne, DIY projects and caviar-esque bites but continuously came up short (on change, that is). I was disheartened and feared that our party would lack the necessary sparkle of a NYE celebration if I wasn't able to deliver on the theme. Defeated, Ricardo and I considered calling off the party altogether. If we couldn't go all out, why do it at all?
Then, while making my ritual detour through the clearance section at our local superstore a few days before Christmas, I happened upon some flower power napkins, bright yellow table cloths, and hanging wall decor. Ten dollars and a shift in perspective later, I had traded in my glittered cocktail dress and high heels for a peasant blouse and bare feet. A new theme was born: Hippy New Year!
Guests wore their favorite tie-dye and head scarves, we put flowers in our hair, and ate our veggie burgers and "special" brownies buffet style. We danced to the Stones and sang all the words to our favorite Beatles songs. A groovy good time was had by all and it was a hippy new year indeed.
Here's the menu:
- Hummus three ways (traditional, sesame, and jalapeno-my own recipes)
- Veggie sliders
- "Special" brownies
- Stuffed "magic" mushrooms
- Psychedelic punch
And as a more general rule: stop in the clearance section before you set a theme for your upcoming party! That way you can build a theme around what you know you have and can afford rather than what you wish you had or could afford.
May this new year bring many fabulous parties fit for a Bond girl, on a flower girl's budget...