Thursday, December 28, 2006

Celebrate Surviving Another Year of Parenthood

by Julie

New Year’s Eve has changed for me over the years. Ten years ago, it meant a big house party, copious amounts of booze, and getting home at 4 a.m. after waiting two hours for a cab. Five years ago, it meant a two hundred dollar dinner, copious amounts of wine, and walking home in stilettos because we could not get a cab. I’m not interested in doing either of those things anymore, even if I could; however, I’m not ready to spend the evening watching the ball drop on my television. You see, my birthday is New Year’s Eve, so I’m extra celebratory that day. I feel compelled to do something special.

So, what’s a parent to do on New Year’s Eve (besides get a babysitter). If you want to make it a family event, you can go to Nathan Phillips Square, or the Toronto Zoo. Or, you can do what we did last year and have a sleepover party.

We invited Penelope (whose birthday is January 2nd by the way), Chris and Bee (who is the same age as Cakes). The plan was to get the girls down early and have an adult evening (the plan worked on one girl). We had a nice dinner, wine, good conversation, and actually managed to stay up until midnight to toast the new year with champagne. Nobody needed to try to hunt down a cab. We didn’t pay double the usual price for dinner. The next morning we went for brunch. You would think the restaurants would be packed New Years Day, but only the families are there first thing in the morning – all of the hungover childless people don’t start to roll in until after 10.

Even if it’s just the two of you, put on something sexy, light the candles, treat yourself to something decadent to eat and drink and celebrate surviving another year of parenthood.

This year we will again be celebrating New Year’s Eve adult-style. We hope dinner will be memorable. I’ll be shaking up some pomegranate martinis*. With any luck, Cakes will be asleep by 7. There will be no Dick Clark in sight.

Happy New Year everyone!

* Pomegranate Martini

1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice (the PC juice blend is delish in this recipe)
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. Cointreau

Shake ingredients in a shaker and pour in martini glasses. Garnish with pomegranate fruit.


Julie has a baby girl and is currently working in the home. She keeps busy finishing her undergrad (English), caring for her family, reading lots of books, writing, and trying to figure out what the heck to do next.

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bubandpie said...

Mmmm. I can vouch for how good those pomegramate martinis are.

crazymumma said...

Hey Metro have a great birthday! I remember the days of crawling home at 6am on New Years Day, one heel broken, eyemakeup smudged....and now we have a 'pretend' midnight at 10:30 pm for the girls, then tuck them into bed. For you tho, I will try and make my comfy jammies look a bit more sexy as we settle into watching a movie on New Years!

Lisa b said...

Happy Birthday!
Have a martini for me please.

nomotherearth said...

I want one of those martinis so much I can taste it. We usually celebrate with very expensive red wine, tacos and movie rentals. A sort of Upper Middle Class meets White Trash. I love it!

Happy New Year. And please send me a martini...Mamma's thirsty!

something blue said...

You have the best birthday! The whole world is celebrating and there is always fireworks!

Our first New Year's with Strawberry, she stayed up and rang in 2004 with us! We have little party animals. I think this year we'll have a 9 PM early countdown for them and then maybe we can get some adult time in.

I have to admit that we would rather have a bigger celebration than the low key affair for two that we seem to be settling for.

Sandra said...

Sounds like a fab new year, the perfect martini receipe and hopefully the best birthday ever!

kittenpie said...

happy bday, lady! We;ll be doing the lobster reprise after Pumkinpie goes to bed, this time complete with wine and proper potatoes. Yay!

ewe are here said...

My husband discovered pomegramates last night. Seriously. His first one ever.

I think we'll have to try these come post-baby arrival. ;-)