Welcome to Our New Year Party!

In 2015, Jessica and I started this blog because we love entertaining family and friends. Many of you have been following along ever since and for that we are so grateful. We are excited to find out what 2016 will bring…and we look forward to sharing it here!

Mara and Jessica

Today we want to invite you inside our New Year Party. This year, rather than hire a sitter and host a New Year’s Eve soiree (as we’ve done in years past), we opted for an intimate, family friendly New Year’s Day gathering complete with a hot chocolate bar for the kiddos, champagne punch for the grown-ups, and plenty of delicious food.

Opening our event to children certainly brought laughter and lightheartedness – and, suffice it to say, there was never a dull moment! To keep the little ones occupied and in good spirits, there was a craft table set up with coloring posters and art supplies galore! And, as if that wasn’t enough, my daughter’s bedroom doubled as the “kids clubhouse” for the event. It’s always amazing how such small individuals can sound so much like a herd of gigantic elephants….


In addition to some vegan main dishes (veggie wraps, Asian salad, and roasted coconut potatoes) we invited our friends to bring an appetizer or dessert to share, and they certainly came through! Guests noshed on savory treats like delicious olive tapenade and fig & goat cheese crostini. And for dessert we were treated to chocolate cranberry dessert bars, chocolate chocolate chip cookies, and Jessica’s French apple cake (my co-author is an award-winning baker, btw!).

Of course, the best part of any celebration is spending time with people you care about. If you’re lucky – like we are – you get to introduce some folks who will go on to become friends in the new year.

Our company consisted of activists, community leaders, educators, and creatives – this mix lent itself to great conversations, a lot of laughter and storytelling…and even some tomfoolery…

New friends

Mom and daughter

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Thank you again for your support throughout 2015. On behalf of Entertaining Family, enjoy the start of a new year and all of the beauty the lies ahead!

We hope that you’ll take time to check out some of our best posts from 2015:

Christmas Tree Trimming Tradition

Photos From San Francisco

Vegan Hot Cocoa and a Hike in the Snow

Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken

An Italian Inspired Vegan & Gluten-Free Dinner Party

Fun in Camden, Maine

Creating a Meditative Outdoor Space That Fit Our Lifestyle



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