Monday, December 31, 2012

Ringing in a New Year

In order to make it to midnight and the celebrated dropping of the ball in Times Square tonight, I plan to fortify myself with this...a bit of Paris I brought back with me.

It won't be the same as taking tea in one of Laduree's beautiful tea rooms...I splurged and went several times while I was there, each time to a different location.

There is something magical about tea rooms, the tea always tastes better there, and they are ideal locations for people watching, so I never mind drinking a few cups alone.

At the Bonaparte location, I spent a lovely hour sipping from my pastel china, nibbling macarons, and eavesdropping on french conversations that I could only catch every 3rd word of...but it was still wonderful.

And even though I'd picked up a sizeable amount of tea to bring home already, when Mr. Tide and I popped into the Rue Royale shop on a very rainy evening to warm up and grab a bit of dessert (before dinner), I added to my reserves just before they locked up for the evening.  For a true tea lover, you can never have too much tea!

Mr. Tide does not drink tea, so my tea obsession is a bit of mystery to him...though he gladly gulps down chocolat chaud with something decadent and chocolatey whenever we go to a tea room, so he never minds too much!

We have long since given up the desire to attend fancy parties, dress in all of our New Year's finery on New Year's Eve, and we now opt for something much more low key.  So I will be one of the boring ones this evening.  Armed with yummy tea, warm pjs, and a few friends from around the world via our computers.  Mr. Tide and I will share a kiss, and we will wish all of our online friends a very Happy New Year...some on London time, some on Oslo time, some on East Coast time, and places all the way out to British Columbia.  So the night will be filled with many New Year's wishes throughout the evening.

Our kids may or may not be here tonight, we will share dinner early, but we will phone them if they aren't here the second that the ball drops to shout Happy New Year!  And then tomorrow we will begin our adventure into 2013.

How do you ring in the new year...I would love to hear your plans!  
Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. I'll be in bed with a good book and my new puppies Kat, so domesticated!

  2. We'll be sitting in front of an open fire, enjoying a glass of wine (me) and a beer (husband), pop (son) and watching Jools Holland Hootenanny.
    Then, at midnight, we'll phone family, text friends, and tend to the pets before toddling off to bed.
    Happy New Year to you and yours Kat.
    As a fellow tea lover, you have given me an idea for whenever I next visit Paris.

  3. Oh, how I love your beautiful tea photos, Kat. My plans are to make dinner. Nothing fancy tonight: Shrimp & pesto pizza, with a warm spinach salad to accompany it. My husband will go to bed early, as he always does, and I'll stay up either working on editing photos or writing my family, watching old movies, having a glass (or several) of a good chardonnay I saved for tonight. Happy New Year to you, my online friend. May 2013 be the year that we finally get to meet. This is ridiculous already as we live in the same darn state.

  4. Happy, Happy New Year Kat!
    Simple dinner, a romantic movie...early to bed with a prayer that my daughter in NYC rings in the New Year safely! :) Hoping that 2013 brings you much joy!
    Take care, Laura

  5. Just one hour and five more minutes to go until the stroke of midnight here. Kat wishing you and yours, health and happiness in 2013 xx

  6. I ADORE your tea images Kat! We too will be spending a relaxed evening at home, yet we may be fast asleep at midnight. So I wish to you and your entire family my dear Kat and very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! You have been a source of much inspiration for me in 2012 with your beautiful photography and I know there is much more ahead. Cheers! xoxo

  7. I just love that header.

    We will celebrate in the very same way tonight.. I'm about to get into my PJ's! And I discovered a new Echinacea tea (sp?) that I love!.. Happy, Healthy, Peaceful 2013 to all - with love from This Old House - xo

  8. 1pm here! Much to look forward to. Happy New year everyone.

  9. It's so good to hear that we are not the only ones laying low. We had appetizers for dinner, and now our 9 and 13 year olds are playing the "Game of Life" at the dining room table with our neighbors. I am in a snuggly sweater and workout pants (no workout today)....thoroughly relaxed and enjoying it!
    Happy New Year Kat!

  10. Your tea collections looks so lovely! Nothing is better on a chilly night that a hot cup of tea!
    I too, am one of the boring ones on New Year's eve! I already have my PJ's on, a fire built and water boiling for hot chocolate and a splash of Bailey's Irish cream... I am sure I will have to wake my husband for our New Year's kiss!
    But I love it this way...
    Happy New Year Kat!

  11. The tea sounds wonderful. We'll go for a walk at midnight and enjoy the sounds of fireworks! Happy New Year!

  12. Happy New Year Kat! We had dinner at home and relaxed, watched movies and snuggled with our pup!


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