As some of you know, my site has hosted many parties for writers & anyone who loves creativity and fun.  I began with my first party last New Year’s Eve with the Once In A Blue Moon Party. However, my recent new job & health needs have reduced my online time in the last few months, and that has meant – NO PARTIES! It is time to correct that problem! One can only live so long without parties.

I want to thank my readers for this past year of fun and conversation and I look forward to a great 2011 with more merriment!

Let’s celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with great food, fun and punch!

The Writer’s Life Coffeehouse

The Writer’s Life Coffeehouse is hosting a 1.1.11 fondue and punch party for writers! As you can see, I have decorated with low tables and beanbag chairs arranged in small groupings around the coffeehouse. Pull up a bag and join your friends in some dip and punch.

The conversation topics are – What were your successes and challenges in 2010 and what are your hopes and dreams for 2011. But of course, I’m sure the punch will take the party in different directions.

Food

Be careful, the cheese is hot!

Nothing says fun with friends like fondue. Let’s begin by dipping eight different kinds of bread  into delicious gourmet cheese fondues. Yum!

Swiss Cheese and Tomato Fondue Gruyère cheese, Emmentaler cheese and plum tomatoes seasoned with garlic, oregano and white peper mixed in cream – Delicious!

Brie with Wild Mushroom Fondue porcini and shitake mushrooms mixed with shallots in a base of Brie cheese and white wine – mouth watering!

Goat Cheese and Herb Fondue Chevre (goat cheese), cream cheese and heavy cream infused with chives, fresh minced basil, tarragon and parsley – The triple cream threat!

Aged Cheddar Cheese and Beer Fondue Monterey Jack , Gruyère cheese and aged cheddar cheese with beer – How can you go wrong!

The second course is the entrée. Check these out:

Chicken Fondue with Chili Dip Chicken breast dipped in Chili Sauce – Spicy!

Beef Fondue Sirloin beef dipped in beef broth seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard & garlic – A Classic

And for the vegetarians and everyone preferring veggies, the second course is:

Mushroom Fondue Mushrooms dipped in chicken stock and heavy cream with a dash of cayenne pepper. Try dipping some of the veggies in this delicious dip, zucchini, cooked carrots & broccoli are great too!

Dessert is very special. I have flown in delicious Swiss chocolate and fruit from every corner of the world. Dip your fruit into these delights!

Half Dark Chocolate Half Milk Chocolate Fondue To please both sides of your personality

Toblerone Fondue You heard me right. This fondue takes pieces of Toblerone bars and melts them in Cognac and heavy cream – Oh my!

Tasty Caramel Fondue too good to describe!

Punch

What is a party without a great drink? It’s not a party. Enjoy one of the hottest party drinks this season – punch! It is making a big comeback. And, please, no playing around in the punch until everyone has tried some.

Luscious Slush Punch with the flavors of strawberry, orange, pineapple and lemon (this is a big fav online)

And for those who really want their punch to pack a punch:

Kerri’s Holiday Punch Southern Comfort at it’s finest

Fun

New Year’s Eve

A tribute to Lena, who died this year. Her voice is amazing!

It doesn’t get more classic than this. For those of you who actually played records, here’s a little nostagia. I found it was mesmerizing to watch the record playing.

Happy New Year!

ABBA blast from the more recent past – check out that hair!

May you experience the ultimate in creativity in the New Year! I found this video and was captivated. Although I questioned a few points, I kept with it and then read further about Plato’s Cave. I consider myself to be an armchair philosopher and see how this viewpoint fits in with Plato’s ideas. Although I don’t think it is the ‘whole’ picture, it presents some interesting ideas to consider about creativity. (BTW, I loved the vintage clips that coordinated with the words so well).

I hope you are all having a Happy New Year. I am looking forward to some changes in 2011, including getting online more often and restoring my regular blog posting schedule. I also have a podcast in the works. Hmmm…may just have to quit my job soon, it seems to be getting in the way of my ‘real’ life.

Please let me know how you are doing at the end of 2010 and what your hopes and dreams are for 2011 – let’s catch up!

And, of course have fun at the party – fictional characters are always welcome!!

Note: Photos are from Photobucket and recipe sites, as linked. Videos are from YouTube, of course.