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Champagne, Apple Cake, And As Always, Cheese


New Year’s Eve is my party.

Robby hosts the Christmas party. Anna throws Night of a Thousand Casseroles. Allison dominates the Jersey Shore bash.

But New Year’s Eve is mine.

Every year I wake up on New Year’s Eve and stumble downstairs and eat breakfast thinking about my party.

Then I realize I haven’t planned or shopped or cooked. And I panic.

Then I curse myself for letting my laziness get the best of me, once again.

But every year it somehow comes together.

There is cheese with sayings.

There was other cheese, thoughtfully provided by my work Secret Santa.

Clearly my coworkers know me quite well.


There is dessert.

Said dessert will cause much smoke and open windows and chilliness.

But all great apple cakes demand sacrifice.

(Though in this case my sacrifice was small compared with Skye’s, as she’s the one who actually baked said cake.)


There is laughter.


Much, much laughter.


So maybe I never send invitations out until December 27th.

Maybe I don’t plan my menu until walking down an aisle at Giant.

Maybe this was my first year without a theme simply because I forgot to think of one.

But there’s no other way I’d rather celebrate the past year and welcome the new.

I’m prouder than should be allowed over my brie letters,


{ 69 comments… add one }

  • Katya January 5, 2011, 1:46 am

    Hi Megan! Sounds like a rad party! Mmmmmmmmmm! Baked brie!!!!! Wow, I’m impressed!

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 7:20 pm

      I had forgotten the word “rad” and am now super excited to have discovered it again.

  • Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli January 5, 2011, 7:17 am

    Little known fact about apple cake. It does require sacrifice. Rarely not worth it.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 7:20 pm

      Apple cake is worth oh-so-much sacrifice. Not quite as much sacrifice as blueberry muffins but slightly more sacrifice than raspberry scones.

  • alyson:common sense, dancing January 5, 2011, 8:21 am

    I’m thinking you need to submit some of this to Lori over at IPoMP….Brie with letters? Clearly that’s a high-value point earner.

    Happy New Year!

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 7:15 pm

      I am almost Martha Stewart now!

      Except Martha would never embarrass herself like I do – much less constantly!

  • Big Daddy January 5, 2011, 8:24 am

    Night of a Thousand Casseroles sounds like heaven on earth. Even Night of a Dozen Casseroles would be pretty awesome in my opinion.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 7:03 pm

      Once you’ve had 1,000 casseroles, you can never go back to a dozen.

  • Vicki January 5, 2011, 8:37 am

    I’m not a big fan of cheese but even I can appreciate a lettered brie. Also, the best parties are when everyone is in the kitchen laughing.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 6:58 pm

      I love people gathered together in the kitchen – it always feels so cozy and warm!

  • Missy Jill January 5, 2011, 9:21 am

    I am SO impressed! I could never have done brie letters or apple cake when I was your age. It would have been a Trader Joe’s night.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 6:56 pm

      While the brie was delicious, the apple cake was baked by Skye and my mac & cheese had milk at the bottom – so don’t be impressed.

  • Elly Lou January 5, 2011, 9:22 am

    I don’t generally eat things that end in “asserole.”

    Also, New Year’s Eve is supposed to be cheesy! So you go work your brie, grrrl.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 6:52 pm

      I shall never look at casserole the same.


  • Jodi January 5, 2011, 9:44 am

    I am in TOTAL awe of the brie letters . Simply amazing… DO TELL how you did that! I must pimp-out my cheese too!

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 6:47 pm

      I have a cookie cutter alphabet set made for fondant – it was on clearance at a kitchen specialty store and has come in handy in SO many dishes.

  • Maureen January 5, 2011, 10:36 am

    That first picture looks like a Happy 2011 sopapilla.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 6:20 pm

      Now that sounds yummy – and a great idea for 2012!

  • Brahm (alfred lives here) January 5, 2011, 10:40 am

    Looks like fun. Sometimes unplanned is the best way to go!

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 5:56 pm

      Unplanned is forced to be best with me, as I’m far too lazy to ever do something the planned way!

  • KLZ January 5, 2011, 10:55 am

    I think laughter is it’s own theme.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 5:54 pm

      Now I just need to conceptualize the perfect laughter costume!

  • citymom January 5, 2011, 11:30 am

    Clearly you know what is important! The company and laughter of good friends.
    Brie in any shape is a most kind and generous offering to your guests. You’re an inspiration!
    Perhaps if I ever pick up all the cr** in my house I shall entertain.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 5:53 pm

      Don’t feel you have to wait that long – I have friends over to my messy place all the time!

  • Adriane January 5, 2011, 11:58 am

    Thanks for the visit and most of all, the comment!

    Your NYE Party sounds like it was a blast! I love entertaining. Way to go!

    Cotton Candy Vodka was good but I am dying to try the Whipped Creme Flavored one. Prolly this weekend. Will keep ya updated!

    Thanks again for stopping by!

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 5:51 pm

      A whole new world of vodka is being opened to me!

  • Kimberly January 5, 2011, 12:18 pm

    A party with cheese is never a fail. Never.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 5:51 pm

      Similar to how an office with a bat is never boring.

      Except now we’ve lost our bat.

      And it saddens me.

  • Skye January 5, 2011, 12:54 pm

    I get no credit for the apple cake? :(

    • Skye January 5, 2011, 3:19 pm

      I love you oh-so-much.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 5:45 pm


  • Kernut the Blond January 5, 2011, 1:17 pm

    Looks like a lovely party! Cheese is the BEST! Baked Brie is food of the Gods. Now I’m hungry.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 5:45 pm

      Isn’t baked brie the best?

      I discovered it a few years ago and now have it at ALL my parties!

      I discovered alliteration a little bit before that.

  • Midnight Cowgirl January 5, 2011, 2:00 pm

    Looks like a wonderful party! Love all the cheeses.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 5:40 pm

      The secret to any great party is cheese.

      Well, and having people in attendance.

      But cheese is equally as important.

  • Bodaciousboomer January 5, 2011, 3:24 pm

    Night of a Thousand Casseroles? What a great idea.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 5:40 pm

      I oh-so-wish it was my idea. But it’s my friend, so I can steal it, right?


  • Jen January 5, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Next, ask me and I will help you with the menu. I have ideas but never have a party.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 5:38 pm

      Together we’re the perfect pair!

      I mean, I knew that beforehand, but this certainly reinforces it.

  • blueviolet January 5, 2011, 4:45 pm

    I don’t think you need a theme. You seem to have it just right.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 5:37 pm

      Ah, you only say so because you haven’t experienced the amazingness of my themes.

      Or because you know my themes are actually lame.

      But don’t tell me that – I like to live in denial!

  • Angie January 5, 2011, 5:45 pm

    Looks like it was so much fun!

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 7:27 pm

      All a party needs is cheese and a smoke incident.

      Though the latter is optional.

  • SuzRocks January 5, 2011, 6:15 pm

    Maybe you can invite me to your party next year? I love cheese. Love it. Like, really, super duper, really love it.

    Why just the other day, I told my mom, “Cheese is proof that god loves us” I stand by that statement.

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 7:27 pm

      Clearly we are destined to be online friends, each recognizing the true importance and deliciousness of cheese.

  • liz January 5, 2011, 7:30 pm

    You should have been “Raise Your Glass!” You’d have a theme song and everything!

    Raise your glass and eat some brie?

    • Megan January 5, 2011, 10:59 pm

      How about “Raise Your Glass and Photograph It?” ‘Cause that’s where the effort really comes in!

  • vicarious Chelsea January 5, 2011, 7:34 pm

    Mmmm…. cheese.
    Even better, baked cheese with letters on it. Totally marries my love of food and my love of phonics. Sheer brilliance.

    • Megan January 6, 2011, 12:19 am

      Oh, I’m hooked on cheesy phonics.

      And yes, I went there.

  • Alaina January 5, 2011, 7:52 pm

    Looks fun..minus the cheese, of course, being lactose intolerant and what not :-)

    • Megan January 6, 2011, 12:21 am

      Don’t worry – the internet hasn’t evolved enough that the cheese will come through the screen! And you can feel free to have a party drowning in mangos, which I can’t eat!

  • NerdyRedneck Rob January 5, 2011, 9:01 pm

    Ok, I could bore you to tears with a psychological explanation of why your creativity springs from spontaneity and how and forcing yourself to plan would ruin it all. But I won’t. I am rather proud of me for not being boring aren’t you? lol

    This line I loved though, “Then I realize I haven’t planned or shopped or cooked. And I panic. ” Lol, really, out loud.

    • Megan January 6, 2011, 12:22 am

      You’re never boring!

  • mindy@thesuburbanlife January 5, 2011, 11:16 pm

    Happy New Year! Looks like a fun time was had by all. And, I personally believe, where there is wine there is laughter. Lots of wine. Lots of laughter. Love it.
    And, in the future, if you’re in a pickle trying to come up with a theme, how about…”New Years.” Should work every year. :)

    • Megan January 6, 2011, 12:23 am

      Well, sure, now you suggest it! Guess I’ll just have to save it for next year!

  • Nichole January 6, 2011, 12:00 am

    Now all I want is some Hickory Farms cheese.
    Lots and lots of it.

    Nice job on the brie!

    • Megan January 6, 2011, 12:23 am

      That is my goal in life – to bring others to cheese.

      I’m so glad to have touched you so.

  • Abby @ They Lend Me Their Hearts January 6, 2011, 12:06 am

    I too am a fellow cheese fanatic, though cookies and coffee top my list! Your Brie looks delicious and pretty!!

    • Megan January 6, 2011, 12:24 am

      I don’t drink coffee, but can definitely get behind having some cookies with my brie!

  • Kendra/The Queen of Brussels Sprouts January 6, 2011, 2:38 pm

    Oh, that looks yummy! AND, it is a party with “grown-ups”. What’s that like?

    The only thing that kept me awake on New Years was my neighbor and his fireworks. If it hadn’t been for him, I’d have zonked by 10 😉

    • Megan January 6, 2011, 8:30 pm

      It’s exhausting! I’m envious of you and your early bedtime (with the exception, of course, of your noisy neighbor!).

  • Kristin January 6, 2011, 9:28 pm

    It certainly looks like a party I would want to attend!

    • Megan January 8, 2011, 12:05 am

      I lure people in with my brie, then they feel too bad to leave!

  • Lindsey January 7, 2011, 5:43 pm

    There’s no way I’m missing your partay next year. Especially if the “Happy 2011” baked Brie makes a reappearance.

  • claire January 8, 2011, 5:45 am

    What a fun tradition! That apple cake looks relish

    • Megan January 8, 2011, 6:56 pm

      I assume you mean delish – in which case, yes, it was amazingly good!

      • claire January 8, 2011, 6:57 pm

        oh my gosh how embarassing, i love auto correct thanks phone!

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