Julie Anne Rhodes
I may be a party girl at heart, but I’m not big on New Years Eve parties. Even when I still drank it seemed that all those well laid plans and high expectations of the evening never failed to disappoint…. stuck in traffic between party A and party B at the stroke of midnight, losing your spouse in the crowd when you want that first kiss of the year, or worse… stuck kissing some obnoxiously over-friendly stranger in dire need of breath freshener. Now I definitely find it a big yawn to stand stone-cold sober in a crowd of inebriated people straining to make sense of their vague strings of slurred words. Just call me the Scrooge of New Years Eve… bah, humbug!

For me, it is a time for reflection over the year ending, assessing the successes and figuring out where there is room for improvement. I much prefer celebrating all the possibilities the new year holds with friends over a New Years Day Brunch…. it just feels more appropriate to me to celebrate the new year ahead than ringing out the old.

Brunch at Normandie’s January 2009

When planning the perfect New Years Day Brunch I do take into consideration that most my friends will be feeling a bit rough. I find a choice of Bucks Fizz or Bloody Mary’s are imperative to the success of the party. Of course for tee-totallers like myself… Virgin Mary’s are perfect. I’m also sure to have a selection of juices, fizzy water, still water, and sodas too, so everyone can re-hydrate as they please.

Beckielou Brown at the buffet

New Years Day Brunch Menu
(All of these recipes will be available in my upcoming cookbook)

Mildred’s Blueberry Muffins

Buckwheat Blinni with Sour Cream & Caviar

Smoked Salmon & Spinach Roulade

Mini Quiche with Lump Crab & Truffle

Mini Quiche with Roasted Red Pepper, Spinach, & Feta

Chicken Pesto Salad on Arugala or Foccacia

Mixed Roasted Vegetables

Jewels Lemon-Lavender Angel Food Cupcakes

June Sarpong and Julie Anne Rhodes

What better way to START the New Year than sharing giggles and belly laughs with all your friends and family? Wishing you an insanely Happy New Year filled with good health, wealth, love, and laughter.
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