Staying up for midnight on New Year’s Eve was never a problem for me. We celebrated at parties with friends. We went out to First Night in Boston, and Stamford, CT. We stayed in for a fabulous home cooked dinner with friends in Maine. We had large celebrations and small parties.
Then, I married an early bird. Okay, so night owl and early bird doesn’t always work, but we would just have parties that ended very close to midnight or duck out early and watch the ball drop in NYC on television in our jammies. Then came children…
Now by the time we’ve done all our Chanukah, Christmas, and Boxing Day celebrations, I’ve had a good many nights of exceptionally bad sleep. The children sleep poorly at home and much worse away from home. I unpack our bags, get the wonderful new toys put away and donate the toys the children no longer use, open the rest of the Christmas cards, read through the holiday newsletters, sit down ready to collapse, turn on the Food Network and see chefs whipping up delicious appetizers and meals for New Year’s Eve.
I look at the calendar and see that we have two days before New Year’s Eve. I have no plans. I’m not exactly a party girl, but I love to throw a good party and have participated in a good many as well. Most of my friends with young children have vague plans if any. So what do we baggy-eyed parents with children still unwinding from the sleepless, sugar-full state of the holidays do? We celebrate New Year’s Eve in Paris.
Last year, we celebrated New Year’s Eve in Paris, with many of our French friends who are living in the US. We don’t celebrate New Year’s Eve in Paris because we have many French friends. I would celebrate it if we had no connection to France at all. However, we celebrate New Year’s Eve in Paris because it is midnight six hours earlier there.
New Year’s in Paris is a perfect solution for families with young children. If you happen to be a francophile, even better. You can play French music. We had some great French wine, Champagne and cheeses. I’m not for overdoing a theme, but you really can’t go wrong by having French food for a New Year’s Eve party.
So, if you have no plans this year, send out an evite. Have a New Year’s in Paris celebration and ring in the New Year at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard time. Have a selection of good French wines and real Champagne. You can head over to Formaggio Kitchen for some great French cheeses and some French-style baguette from the wide range of bakeries in the Boston/Cambridge area (see the information box). Everyone will be home just in time for dinner. If you’re lucky you might even be able to find some good gourmandises, such as les papillottes, from Cardullo’s for a special treat. Keep the menu simple, olives, cheese bread, perhaps some warm appetizers. My daughter and I love to make crepes and they can be filled with savory or sweet filling. A frozen sheet of puff pastry, some good gruyere and mustard can also go a long way. I made this savory palmier recipe for a Solstice party and it was a huge hit. They are also very simple to prepare.
Bonne année et bon appetit. ttyl your BFF (Boston Family Foodie)