Sunday, December 31, 2006

PHS New Years Eve Party

It's NEW YEARS EVE!!! And The Pink Heart Society is here to see you into the New Year with drinks, nibbles and a few traditions along the way! All we ask in return is that you share some of your New Years Resolutions with us...

Whether you're seeing in the New Year quietly in front of the TV set with the kids staying up a little later and a glass of something nice in your hand or out whooping it up with thousands of others, New Years Eve is a time to look back on the year we are leaving behind and forward to the adventure of the year yet to come - and either way it's a time for friends and for family, to be thankful for the good times and to set aside the bad - and to know you are not alone as the rest of the planet celebrates with you!!!

So, here are some nibbles, drinks and traditions to help out your New Years Eve Party:

Gruyere tartlets
Rich, creamy tartlets, great served as a starter or part of a buffet.

250g fresh shortcrust or puff pastry - 142ml carton single cream - 170g gruyere, finely grated - ½ tablespoon plain flour - 2 medium eggs, beaten - salt and freshly ground black pepper - pinch of ground nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, gas mark 6.
Roll out the pastry. With a cutter or cup, cut out 7.5cm diameter rounds to line a bun tray.
Mix the cream, cheese, flour, egg and seasoning together.
Divide the mixture between the lined moulds.
Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes until golden and risen. Serve immediately.

The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible cresent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).

CLARET CUP - Serves 6-8
2 bottles of claret
3 bottles of soda
1 lump sugar
peel of 1 lemon
1 glass sherry
2 liqueur glasses curacao/maraschino/cointreau
2 liqueur glasses brandy

Simply mix all ingredients together in a big bowl & Serve.

The Babylonian New Year celebration lasted for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration, but it is safe to say that modern New Years Eve festivities pale in comparison.
The Romans continued to observe the New Year in late March, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun.

In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the New Year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. It again established January 1 as the New Year. But in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days.


1 thin French bread stick - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 250g Brie, sliced - 250g
mixed red and green seedless grapes - freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, gas mark 6.
Cut the French stick in 1cm slices and brush them with the olive oil.
Bake for 10 minutes and then leave to cool. Keep the oven on.
Top each crostini with a slice of cheese and push 2 grapes into each. Season with black pepper.
Place the crostini on a baking tray and heat through for 10 minutes. Leave to cool slightly before serving.

Although in the first centuries AD the Romans continued celebrating the New Year, the early Catholic Church condemned the festivities as paganism. But as Christianity became more widespread, the early church began having its own religious observances concurrently with many of the pagan celebrations, and New Years Day was no different. New Years is still observed as the Feast of Christ's Circumcision by some denominations.
During the Middle Ages, the Church remained opposed to celebrating New Years. January 1 has been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations for only about the past 400 years.
New Years Eve Sparkler

4 (12 ounce) cans orange soda
2 cups passion fruit nectar
Fresh mint leaves
Grenadine (optional)

Combine soda and nectar. Pour over ice in a glass. Stir in mint leaves and pour in a drop of grenadine.

In Scotland, to ensure good luck for the house the first foot should be a dark male, and he should bring with him symbolic pieces of coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and a wee dram of whisky.

Traditionally one must clean the house, take out ashes from the fire, clear all debts before the 'bells' of midnight.

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o kindness yet, for auld lang syne."

However you spend your New Years Eve and whoever you may celebrate it with, we here at The Pink Heart Society wish you a wonderful evening!!! And while you think about the dreams you have for 2007 - why not pop by and let us know the resolutions you're making to help those dreams along the way...



  1. I'm all for a man in a kilt bringing me a wee dram of whisky!

    My New Years resolution is to be thinner than Trish come September (more of that anon). And I'm going to sort out the disaster of a kitchen floor that was laid just before last Christmas - even if it means taking the floorer to court.

    That's me!


    I'm resolving to organize my writing time better so that I get out of the cave from time to time, to lose weight and be super yummy for conferences, to travel... and to do my best to finish the darned longer book I've been waffling on about for a year...Oh - and to get my horse out more (now that the storm has blown off his stable roof and he tried to dump me off today)

    That'll do for starters... ;)

  3. Always like a Scot in a kilt! Thank you for him -- and for all the great recipes. We are cooking an Indian dinner for New Year's Eve. Should be fun!

    Resolutions? To get to Ireland in February! To get at least a bit thinner before I get there! To pay attention to the stuff on my calendar and get it done ahead so that I don't end up being 'last minute' about everything. To keep things simple.

    Happy New Year, everyone!

  4. I resolve to ::
    draft 5 books
    lose 50 pounds
    organize my life
    laugh every day

  5. I resolve to get my fiction work published, to actually get to a writing conference, train my husband to do more around the house, train my children to do the same...(they do say miracles are possible)

  6. I'm going to make the most of spending this New Year's Eve with my children. My DD's 18 next year and her life is getting busier and busier. My DS will be 15 and is already wanting to accept New Year's party invitations. *sigh* where does the time go?!!

    For 2007 I'm resolving to WRITE, WRITE, WRITE... STUDY, STUDY, STUDY... READ, READ READ, and accept the limitations my health brings, GRACEFULLY!

    Best wishes for everyone's resolutions, and wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sue :-)

  7. Lose weight - sigh!
    Try and focus more in a genre - I am the original butterfly brain.
    Try and get the financial side of my writing more organised.

  8. Adopt a more healthy life style re: exercise, eating, laughter whenever possible.
    Find the fine line between worry and concern; be more concerned and worry less.
    Thanks for the goodies; delicious. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  9. Lose some weight
    Worry less
    finish a handful of projects that are in various stages of wipness

    Happy new year everyone!!

  10. 1) Lose weight so I don't have to buy new close for RWA Dallas.
    2) Write every day (blogging and emails don't count!)

  11. To come up with a) a resolution that's achievable (so I can look back with a smug grin next year); b) a resolution that's daring (the most risky thing I've done this year is eat raw cake mix...); and c) a resolution that stretches me to the limit...(so that'll be a publishing contract, then?)

    Happy New Year, y'all!

  12. P.S. Have decided on, and achieved, resolution a) above. After a number of false starts, I began a blog today. Hurrah!