New Year’s Eve Fun

There are all sorts of traditions for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  One I have done for many years, and few others seem to know about, is hiding money outside.  I have no idea where it came from.  My mother did it so I do too.  It involves hiding some money outside on New Year’s Eve, then bringing the money into the house on New Year’s Day.


I don’t think it matters how much money is outside, just whatever you think best.


When you wake up on New Year’s Day, bring the money inside, and bring good fortune with it.

Of course, we have to have Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day.  I usually make a version of Hoppin’ John, a dish of black eyed peas and rice.  The rice is for prosperity and the peas are supposed to bring good luck.  Since I usually cook with a bit of this and that, I’ll post the recipe I use tomorrow.  Right now I can tell you what it has in it, but not the quantity of each ingredient.  I’ll make it tomorrow and measure as I go.  It is a bit different, as it is more like baked beans, much more flavorful than the usual peas on rice.  Maybe I’ll call it Jumpin’ John since I have kicked it up a notch! If you use dried peas, put them on to soak tonight.  I’ll use canned peas to make it fast.

We are having a few friends over for New Year’s Eve. The savories will be served buffet style, so the tablescape set for grazing. The color scheme this year is black, white and gold.  I got out the black glass octagon plates, and set them with gold and white linens.  The chargers tell my guests where to place their nibbles, as everyone is bringing a dish. I ran up a quick black and gold table topper on my serger to complete the setting.

New Year's Eve tablescape

We will be sampling three champagnes to see if there is really a difference.  I decided to run up a few wine bags this afternoon to hide the labels, and match the table topper.  They go really fast.  Start by measuring your bottle around the largest part of the width and the height.  Divide the width by 2.  I made mine 6 inches wide x 20 inches tall.  The finished size is 10 inches tall by about 11-1/2 inches around.

Black gold fabric

Fold in half to create the bag, and serge both sides.

Black gold serging wine bags

Switch to a rolled edge and finish the top.

Black gold wine bags finishing

Tie with a ribbon around the neck of the bottle.  I put wine bottles in them to show you the finished project.  They will hold champagne tonight.

Black gold wine bags

Don’t you love this white reindeer? It was a gift last year from a friend. It stays out after all the Christmas decorations are put away because I like to decorate with white for January. I filled the planter with golden glittery apples. On either side are black candles with a gold accent. The gorgeous white roses were an anniversary gift from my dear, sweet husband. These are my favorite flowers.


On the quilting front, Santa (aka DH) brought me the Electric Quilt 7 software, so I’ll be doing more original designs this coming year.  I already have two in the works so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful New Year!  Do you have any special traditions?  Don’t forget to hide your money outside before you leave for the evening.  Have a special reward for the designated driver, and stay safe!!

Valley dusk December

4 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve Fun

  1. Sharon Schipper

    yes, hoppin john: peas, ham, canned tomatoes, one can of El Pato hot tomato sauce, onions, pepper flakes, salt and celery seeds, plus I’ve put in okra before, diced carrots, file powder as well, so maybe more Cajun Jean….
    When my late husband found out early in our marriage that I made black eyed peas as a family custom, he insisted on sauerkraut for his German heritage, so we have this weird meal of Hoppin John and rice, with the left over ham from earlier holidays, and sauerkraut and some sort of pork, this year I have a tenderloin. Then we have side dishes from there. My kids always complained about our weird New Year’s meal, and then one year after Jim died, I said I wasn’t doing it this year, and I got the word from my kids that it wasn’t acceptable to forego the meal! So, this year I’m also using canned, so I don’t have to start tonight! still need to pick up something green to go with it on the way home from work tonight. Hope the store isn’t crowded!

    Happy New Year dear lady,
    Sharon in Colorado

  2. Mary

    Your table is beautiful. I am a champagne lover, so I am curious. What are the 3 bottles that you are serving? NY’s Eve is our anniversary, so I must have a bottle. The last few years, we have been going to dinner with friends. Celebrating has slowed down some, LOL. We must have blacked eyed peas tomorrow. I will try the money hidden for good luck!!! Is luck better if I hide more $$$$ ?

    1. I am asked that question frequently, but I don’t think the actual amount is important. At least I don’t think so, LOL!! Our friends are bringing two bottles, one is Korbel about $18 a bottle, one is Moet Imperial about $50, and we bought the Dom Perignon 2004 at $125. Should be an interesting taste test!!

  3. Happy New Year-love your champaign bags, sounds like a nice evening tonight. I make black eyed peas now too for New Years Day-since moving to Missouri-I was not familiar with the tradition before. I have not heard about hiding money beofre-may try that. Enjoy the holiday

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