Guest Author - Aimee Wood
Gathering friends and family to mark the end of the holiday season and the beginning of the New Year can be a fun and joyous occasion. Creating a simple and natural atmosphere will provide your guests a comforting and relaxing atmosphere.
Use items from nature to decorate. Use pine and holly branches to decorate the table. Clear votives with beeswax candles create a lovely ambience. The beeswax gives off a wonderful glow and aroma. Don't go overboard with the confetti and plastic decorations. Use the elements from Mother Nature.
Serve nourishing foods. Warm soups, raw veggies and dips, along with raw desserts will boost the energy of your guests instead of depleting it. French onion soup or a simple potato soup are several favorites. Chop up some brightly colored veggies with some hummus and dips. A yummy but simple dessert is dark chocolate covered strawberries. Use high quality free trade chocolate and dip strawberries in them.
Serve organic wine and champagne. You don't have to forgo the bubbly for New Year's, just make sure you source a good quality organic winery. If you can find local, even better. And if you imbibe in too much wine, there are always natural ways to detox from a hangover. Drink lots of water and stay well hydrated. Alcohol depletes your system of water, so drinking water will rehydrate you. Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast and include an electrolyte drink such as coconut water to replenish your nutrients. Ginger is helpful for nausea. And, sleep if you can.
Use china and glassware, please forgo the plastic. It may take a little extra time to wash china, but it saves the landfills from pounds of garbage. Also, encourage guests to recycle and compost. Have specified bins for recycling and your compost materials, it'll make clean up easier.
Tired of New Year's resolutions? Consider passing out positive affirmation cards to your guests on the way out. Hay House sells affirmation cards from speakers such as Louise Hay. Also consider crafting your own cards out of card stock and with quotes. Some quotes could be "I am happy and healthy", "I see joy in my everyday life", "I am blessed", "Life is good to me", etc., the ideas are endless. The point is, these simple affirmations can be a positive influence when placed on your mirror or somewhere you look several times a day.
New Year's can be simple and natural without all of the commercialization. Bringing in the New Year in this way can be just the thing that is needed to set a positive intention for the upcoming months.