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.