A New Year’s Mimosa Bar

We celebrated New Year’s Eve with a few friends at our place. We drank mimosas, ate lots of cheese, and played Cards Against Humanity. Oh and we also dressed the dogs up in party hats.

I kept seeing Mimosa bars on Pinterest, and decided it was the perfect thing for New Year’s Eve. I know that mimosas are traditionally a brunch item, but I highly recommend these for your next late-night party. It looks great, everyone has fun mixing their own drinks, and it cuts the amount of alcohol in each glass.

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We used three orange juices; regular orange, orange peach mango, and orange strawberry banana (all from Trader Joe’s) and set out black berries and strawberries. (I had meant to also set out clementine wedges, but ran out of time to peel the clementines). As you can see from the picture below, the Orange Peach Mango was by far the most popular juice. I found the carafes at Ross for $3.99 making this an affordable last-minute addition. The tags are wooden gift tags from Michaels – I tied them to each carafe with bakers twine (left over from the tassel garland) and wrote on them with simple black sharpie.  We didn’t end up using the cute paper straws for anything (they’re also from Michaels btw) but I love how they look and will put them away to decorate with / use in the future.SONY DSC

 

As you know, I also made some party hats and noisemakers. The noisemakers went largely unused (which was for the best as it sent both dogs under the dining table) but both the dogs and the humans liked the party hats. Here’s Penelope and her friend Piper modeling the party hats.

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How did you spend New Year’s Eve?  Here’s to a happy and healthy 2015!

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Get it done in 2015!

With the new year comes new resolutions. This year, I have a few things on my “get it done!” list. I tried to keep the list reasonable. I work a lot of hours every week, and I need to spend some time on weekends to recharge as well. We did well in 2014 when we took on one reasonable task per month. We hit a bit of a wall when it came to updating the basement  – first with the wallpaper and then with the sheet vinyl on the floors. So the plan is to take on 10 projects this year – each of which can be reasonably completed within 1 month, with 2 months of flexibility for surprise projects and/or unforeseen circumstances that cause projects to run over.

So here’s our list for 2015

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The list isn’t in any particular order! Here’s the details:

  1. Finish the Basement
    • We need to finish painting the walls and the trim we’ve already installed. Then lay the floors, add some baseboards, and paint those baseboards. Once all of that is done, we can move in the furniture and start using the space. We’ll need to add some window coverings, art, and look into storage options.Basement Progress - Support Post Bumpout - #thissarahloves
  2. Install a Basement Desk
    • One of the biggest storage needs in the basement is having a work space. We plan on installing a desk using kitchen cabinets, counter-top material (probably butcher block), and adding open storage shelves overhead. We’ll need some cute storage solutions and some counter-height bar stools to finish it up.
  3. Paint and Organize the Study
    • Our third bedroom is an embarrassing mess. We plan on moving a fair amount of things into the basement when that’s done, but we want the room to be functional and not just a storage space. So we plan on painting the walls and trim, hanging some curtains, upgrading the closet, adding a closet curtain instead of closet door, and hanging some art. Oh and then watching a few episodes of Hoarders to convince us to purge and shred.
  4. Finish updating the Master Bath
    • We removed our nasty 1980s shower doors and replace them with a cute curtain. But stopped there. We want to replace the toilet, light, and mirror and paint the vanity. Although we’d eventually like the replace the shower and vanity, we think these smaller upgrades will allow us to get another couple of years out of the bathroom.DSC04886
  5. Master Bedroom
    • Our master bedroom still has paint swatches on the wall & our curtains are hanging from the rods that were there when we moved in. So the goal is to get the walls painted, replacing the too-small dresser with a bigger one, upgrading the window treatments, and adding some art. In the long run our closet needs a serious make-0ver, but that will take a visit from an electrician and a drywall guy, so maybe in 2016?Dresser Top - Progress - #thissarahloves
  6. Basement Storage
    • Once we have the basement family room ready to go, we need to address the storage down there. There’s tons of space, but we’re not using it well.  So the goal will be to create smarter storage systems for the utility room and the under-the-stairs closet.
  7. Backyard
    • In 2014 we got rid of the approximately 75 over-grown shrubs filling up our back yard. We also had the rotting shed demolished and removed. This year we need to fence the backyard (definitely something we’ll be hiring out), figure out how to deal with the hole left by the world’s largest shed, and plant a few things. I also want to add some white river-rocks to the drainage bed outside the house.Backyard - New Bed from Back Door
  8. Re-finish the Basement Stairs
    • We got rid of the last of the blue carpet months ago, but now we have raw pine stairs leading into the basement. The plan is to sand and patch the wood & then paint them in the same color scheme as the stairs leading to the upper level.Closed Stairs
  9. Living Room
    • Our living room has been half-done for far too long. I want to sew cushion covers to go on the new couch, update the window treatments, and add a console table behind the couch. We also need another lamp or two. Once the extra couch gets moved into the basement, this will be a lot easier to accomplish.SONY DSC
  10. Kitchen
    • Other than wrapping up the basement remodel, this is the biggest project on the list. Or rather, potentially, the biggest project. The MUST dos are removing the last of the wallpaper border and painting the walls. All of our appliances need updating, the dishwasher and microwave are at the top of the list, and the fridge is not far behind. The counters absolutely MUST go and we need at least new cabinet doors, but probably entirely new cabinets. Basically, we need to figure out how much it’s all going to cost, and what the timeline is on that. Once we have the timeline, we can figure out what we want to do to in 2015.Kitchen - Drawer Cabinet Hardware Upgrade

What do you have on your “Get it Done!” list for 2015?

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