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Silvester Celebrations 2011

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I know this post is a litte late, but I'm recapping our New Years today.  It fits so perfectly with Lisa's Creative Exchange theme - a camera in one hand and your heart in the other. 

We initially didn't have very big plans for New Years. Work commitments kept us in Berlin and it seemed everyone we knew was leaving for the holidays.  We contemplated a quiet dinner for  two, followed by some drinks at a local bar. And then toward the end of November something strange began happening.  My sister, who is currently working in Geneva, decided to spend Christmas and New Year with us; then Matthias' sister and friend decided to join us in Berlin for the weekend. Our little party of two grew to five.  A few weeks later we were suprised to receive an email from US friends (currently living in Sochi) announcing they would be in Berlin for 'Silverster'.  So two became five and then seven, and then a few weeks later eight.  Two days before New Year our party had grown to eleven.

Eleven!  We borrowed an extra table, some chairs and a few plates.  We planned a meal, divided up the courses, organised champagne and put it all out to chill on the snow covered balcony.  I busied myself with decorating the table and Matthias got industrious roasting a huge piece of Wildschwein (wild pig) for main course. And then we waited.
Soon our apartment filled with the delicious smells of Roast Capscium soup, Wildschwein with Chestnut Risotto and Raspberry Coulis. The wine flowed, conversation moved between German and English and after eating our way through far too much food we descended down to the Berlin streets to watch the fireworks and join in the festivities below.  I didn't take many photos from the night - but I love this one below - quickly taken between courses as I watched the risotto, cleared plates, filled empty glasses... Technically it's far from perfect but it was taken with my heart. Yes, it was exhausting to host eleven people, but I loved every minute of it.  So nice to see our table full and hear the friendly chatter of New Years celebration.
A full table

16 comments:

Kristina said...

sounds like a great evening!
and i can image, 11 people are not that easy to host :)
viele gruesse, kristina

lisa said...

Thank you so much Clare for sharing this at The Creative Exchange. It truly is perfect for it!
I especially love that first photograph!
Have a wonderful day!

lisa.

KcomeKarolina said...

sounds like a perfect silvester!

xoxo from rome
K.
http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

Kelly said...

fun! what a great way to ring in the new year!

Brandi said...

A perfect way to celebrate the New Year. It's always nice to have good friends seated around a table of food, talking and having fun.

Krystal said...

aw that sounds amazing - so since your new year started with lots of friends, I guess that will be the theme of your year!

Alita said...

What a fabulous way to ring in the new year. And each shot tells such a simple story. Great post!

Cheers!

Jamie said...

What a blissful way to celebrate a New Year. Makes me wish I'd make just a little more effort.

Jen said...

this is so great. sounds like and looks like soooo much fun! happy 2011

justine said...

this is such a great photostory and a great way to spend New year.

Punctuation Mark said...

great table scape... it's so nice to spend that day having good food and wine... happy 2011!

Kristin said...

Looks like a fabulous evening! LOVE the pops of blue in the tablescape!

SJ said...

this sounds like exactly what you needed after coming back from oz. i love little dinner parties like this, looks wonderful!

HRANDICA said...

Hi, hi, it's funny how things can turn out differentlly.but I thing you had a great time and the photo speaks abot it.
Hugs and all the best in New Year.

tchesney said...

I wish I were as talented as you ...that table just looks beautiful and you can tell it is full of love!

Stephanie said...

It looks like a great evening. :) I'm glad it went so well!