Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Party like it's 2001!

Welcome everyone! Can you believe we are about to be in a new decade? Seems like just last year we were worried about Y2K. I want to share our 2001 New Year's Eve Menu. We had 6 guests that night and I was trying to be really creative. It was my first attempt at fusing cuisines. The seafood shooters were so good to me, but I found out many of my friends did not like seafood. My creation of the Citrus Sherbet was my pride of the night. We received an exotic fruit basket for Christmas that year and I chopped and blended and created the most incredible citrus sherbet. Just typing this, the memory is making my mouth water. I got it perfect! I scooped the sherbet into my glass sherbet dishes, put them on a cookie sheet. My husband took them out and put them in the freezer for me. The rest of the preparations went great. My schedule went smoothly. I got to take a shower and put on make up and everything. That should have been a clue for me, things went TOO smoothly. My guests arrived to favors for the evening.

I showed my guests to the dining area and served the soup course. It went over well. YES! I was so pleased. I served the seafood shooters. They were not received very well. I told my guests that they were in for a treat. I had prepared a lovely palate cleanser. I described in detail the beautiful mangoes, grapefruits, star fruit, oranges, lemons and limes in my creation. I sent my husband to get the Citrus Sherbet for us. It took him forever, but my guests thought it was worth it. Delicious. Yes another success. I went to check on the cordon blue . I admit it, I was pleased with myself. Then I heard someone yell 'Ouch'. Then a loud 'Darn'. I ran to see what was happening. My guests had napkins up to their mouths. There was blood, yes blood! What in the world? My husband finally spoke up. He said when he went to get the sherbet, the dessert cups had shattered. He did not want to upset me so he simply put the scoops of sherbet filled with glass shards onto another dessert dish. My guests were eating glass filled sherbet, yes I was trying to kill my guests. I gained my composure, took my deadly creation to the kitchen and served the rest of my dinner. I think I held my breath the rest of the meal....

The cheese course had a fun presentation. I think my guests were a little cautious but we did have a fun time, we danced, we laughed, we ate.

These are two friends that shared the evening. They got some wonderful news this year and have some exciting things to look forward to in 2010. Hey wait, they have not been to dinner in years. Hmmm.....

The clock ticked to midnight and we cheered in the new year. Our dear friend Richard is sitting here. Sadly he left us a couple of years after we took these pictures. We miss you Richard. The crazy memories of that evening are so much fun to share.

Ahhh the end of 2001.

Thank you for sharing this time with me! May your new year be filled with health, happiness, good fortune. May your dreams come true.
Now you tell me, have you ever tried to kill your dinner guests? Happy New Year my friends.


  1. OMGosh....I can't believe your husband would do that!! I bet you wanted to kill him.
    Your menu looks & sounds delicious....except for the extra sprinkles of glass shards. LOL

    Happy 2010!

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. The menu sounds just wonderful except for the glass shards. lol All meant in good fun. I hope you have a very Blessed New Year. Thanks also for your always kind and gracious comments. It really makes my day. Hugs, Marty

  3. One question-Did you feed the rest of the glass to your husband? :) I would have! Your menu (sans glass shards) sounds elegant! Can you believe it is 2010? Hope it is a happy one!

  4. Oh your Menu sounds wonderful...looks like you all had a great time! Happy New Years! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

  5. Jeanette,

    Thank you for all of your comments. I enjoy reading them. I just discovered your blog and will be back to look through it more as soon as I can find some time. I hope you have a fun New Year's!

    Jadi from Homemaking Fun

  6. What a wonderful memory (sans the glass shards). Everything sounded wounderful - mmm. I just finished making a few app's for tonight. That's it, no main course just snacks and Champagne.

    Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  7. Jeanette,
    Ohhhh what a lovely night! (We will just chose to overlook the blood and glass!) You are so very creative and have been such a joy to blog with! I'm looking forward to a wonderful 2010 with you! Happy New Year!
    Dee Dee

  8. Your poor hubby. He was trying so hard to make it work out well for you. Its been so nice to meet you through blogging. I look forward to many more posts in 2010. Rosie

  9. Wow, Jeanette! What a story! I wouldve been mortified. You seemed to take it in stride, good job! The meal sounded wonderful, minus the shards of glass.
    I hope this New Year finds you with Freinds and loved ones with more memories in the making.
    Happy New year!

  10. Thanks for telling us about this unique New Years Eve feast which gave your guests stories to tell for years to come :)
    You went to a lot of work on the menu and it sounds delicious, except for the shards of glass, of course.
    Happy New Year.

  11. That menu sounds devine!! Bless your husband's heart... he was just trying to help. Sounds like a very wonderful evening with good friends, with the exception of the shard incident. ;)

  12. Oh my goodness - that would have to be a hostess nightmare! Glad everything worked out and your evening didn't end up en masse at the ER!

  13. Jeanette-I just ran across the picture of your niece on your older posts--she is a doll! Please tell her I said "Happy New Year and I am honored that she reads sometime!!".

  14. Jeanette - Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year! Filled with delicious menus and without broken glass *smile*

  15. Hi Jeanette...

    Just read your sweet note that you left on my "Year in Tablescapes" post, my friend! Thank you so much for coming by and for all of your New Year's well wishes!!!

    Ohhh my...what a fabulous New Year's party that you had! It sounds like fabulous fun and exactly what great memories are made of...even the glass shards! you and your hubby never live that one down! Hehe! What was your honey thinking? Surely he knew that he would be found out eventually...MEN!!! Hehe!!! But my friend, your menu sounds divine and I would have loved all that glorious seafood! Thank you for sharing your wonderful New Year's memories with us!!!

    Blessings to you and your family for a Happy New Years...

    Chari @Happy To Design

  16. looks like fun, except for that attempted mass murder by your husband... happy new year's eve, and lets skip the sherbet this year!

  17. Except for the glass sprinkles on the sherbet it all sounds like it was fun and you will have something to talk about for years to come:) Happy and a Healthy New Year to you!

  18. OMG-what was he thinking? I guess you are just lucky no one was seriously injured and that they ever came back again!

    Hopefully, you will have a fun, and safe evening this year!


  19. Oh my! I'm glad they were friends. I once bit into glass at a restaurant and ended up getting the tab picked up. Your table looked fabulous :0)

  20. Oh my! Thank goodness they were good friends and there were no lawsuits! It sounds like a lovely party. Looking forward to reading your blog in 2010! And thanks for following mine! I appreciate you! But I'm still not eating sorbet at your house! ha!

  21. Sounded like a fun party! and that menu looks awesome! I hope you and your family have the very best 2010!!!

  22. Yikes, what an "eventful" evening!

    Happy New Year to you!

  23. Oh my goodness! I probably would have never served guests another dinner! Great that you took it all in stride! The menu did sound good!

    Have a wonderful New Year!!


  24. thanks for sharing your story, I hope 2010 was just as fun, without the glass to you in the coming year!

    I read you lost your daughter, so sorry for your pain. You are inspiring others to love the ones around them because we never know, that is a blessing and you are taking the positive approach with a painful memory....God Bless you!

    enjoy *~*

  25. Happy New Year Jeanette! I so enjoyed your New Year's 2001 adventure story! WOW! That was one to recall for the ages! I hope this year will be a wonderful one for you! I'm wishing you love, joy, and fun for the future year! Enjoy! Coralie

  26. What an experience!!! I can't imagine your mixed feelings, having created an amazing sherbet only to have it cause so much distress. Here's to safer dinner parties!

  27. You certainly know how to kick an evening into high gear. The sherbet sounds amazing minus the glass shrouds.. Thank you for swinging by to say hello... Pop in any ole time... Happy New Year to you and yours.hugs ~lynne~

  28. I enjoyed reading your post. Very nice memories. Glad most of your dinner went well, as far as the kill your guests questions, no- never tried, but accidents happen and one never know when face with the situation. HNY!

  29. Quite a menu! Would have loved to be one of your guests. Sounds like a lot of food deliciously prepared. It's nice to meet you, and have a wonderful New Year.