Some background:

We have a TV hooked up to a PC in our living room, which functions as both our desktop computer and Netflix/Hulu viewing device since we don’t actually have cable. It also plays Spotify nonstop, but only if a screensaver prevents it from pausing every few minutes. That screensaver is a polar clock that looks like this:

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The polar clock has proven rather mesmerizing to many an unsuspecting guest, who frequently ponder aloud: “I wonder what it does on New Year’s Eve.”

So obviously we decided to have a party and find out.

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Then came the problem of being out of town for over a week up until two days before said party. Then spending most of those two days hitting after-Christmas sales with my sister-in-law.

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But! As is always the case, it turns out that good people + good food + not-that-good-but-pretty-cheap alcohol makes for a party success.

We had some games:

  • taping names of folks on Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012 on guests’ backs,  allowing only yes or no questions to guess your person (surprise: an Asian American Christian gal who had never heard of Jeremy Lin; highlight: the question “is it a female singer who is incredibly overplayed, talentless, and frustratingly catchy?” leading to “OH! OKAY! RIHANNA!”)
  • “Celebrity” using people on Barbara Walters’ list of 2012′s Most Fascinating People
  • miscellaneous trivia of the year’s top news stories, Billboard songs, and other statistics
  • two teams guessing the twenty-some-odd tunes used in DJ Earworm’s 2012 United States of Pop

…with glamorous prizes (ie, Trader Joe’s candybars tossed in the cart whilst booze-shopping).

We also made food that was based on New Year culinary traditions around the world - bacon-wrapped dates, as pork symbolizes good luck in China; chile corn muffins, as gold foods symbolize upcoming prosperity in the southern US; grapes for Spain’s twelve sweet months; and a LOT more. A LOT. Too much.

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Relatedly, a giant shout-out to the local Bevmo – whose buy-one-get-one-for-a-penny sale includes a rather tasty champagne option – for letting us in the store an hour before they opened on the morning of the 31st to buy a lot of it.

Then there was the last-second decorating attempt that we instantly realized had accidentally become a decent photobooth backdrop:

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And the sparklers from our wedding that we’ll apparently never run out of, the abundance of which will likely prompt similar parties for (new) years to come.

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Despite the rushed nature of it all, I figure that ending the year playing with sparklers from our wedding – with both family who’d participated in it, and new friends who we didn’t even know that day – is actually a pretty beautiful picture of our ever-changing and yet ever-the-same world and life.

Oh! And the clock: nothing special happened. It just become Tuesday, January 1, 2013, o minutes, 01 seconds. And life went on.

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3 Responses to and then we planned a NYE party in <12 hours

  1. Simeon Koh says:

    OMG you still have those sparklers!?!? I want to play!

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