Last New Year’s Eve, fairly last minute, while speaking to one of our couple friends (who also happen to be the parents of our daughter’s BFF), we decided to have NYE at our house to keep things low key with the kids. Turns out, this was also our friends’ anniversary. So…Miss Fancy Pants decided to glam up our typical relaxed BBQ. Nothing over the top, just decided to go the extra mile.

We did a more traditional “anniversary” meal so I busted out the china! Whoo hoo!  I get a tad too excited at the mere thought of pulling out that china. What’s wrong with me? It’s a hassle to pull out, a hassle to put away. But… it makes everything seem oooooh so fancy….PlusI need something to justify that stuff taking up valuable real estate in our home, right?

Intimate New Years Eve Table Setting at Home |


On the menu
My apologies for the lack of yummy food photos but none of them turned out very well. 🙁

Citrus & Avocado Salad w/ Tex-Mex Dressing (b/c my friend loves it) from Southern Living

Filet Mignon w/ Mushrooms in a red wine reduction cream sauce (something I could drink…and live on…)

Lobster Tails

Grilled Asparagus w/ My favorite Hollandaise Sauce

Roasted Baby Carrots (purple, yellow and orange carrots make such a pretty dish!)

Loaded Baked Potatoes

Our favorite Cherry Pie

Intimate New Years Eve Table Setting at Home |

Aside from buying the food and wine (the steak and lobster were both on sale for the holiday), the only additional expense was to add fresh flowers…and you guessed it…also on sale. We spent just about $120 (for food, wine and flowers) to feed super fancy food to 7 people and we had leftovers. A lot. We would have easily spent well over that for one couple to go out for the evening (and the food wouldn’t have been as good! :))

My husband and I make a great team when it comes to preparing meals (we just need a bigger kitchen) so this was a fun way for us to ring in the new year and to give our friends a fancy restaurant vibe for their anniversary! The kids got to do their thing while the adults conversed and everyone was safe, at home, off the roads.

I’m not sure if we’ll do the stay at home fancy feast this year or if we’ll go with something more casual but stay tuned. What do you and your family do for New Years Eve?