Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy 2012!

fiesta 2Well just like that, it’s a new day and a new year. The past week was filled with cooking and party prepping and visiting with friends and family and some skiing and dog walks at the park and food, food, and more food. Waayyyyy too much food, but that’s what the holidays are all about, right!?

We had a non-traditional BBQ rib dinner on Christmas Day with a friend and her dad, followed by a Boxing Day feast with my dad and his girlfriend. {Is it just me, or does it sound weird to call your dad’s 60-something girlfriend his girlfriend?}

For New Year’s Eve, hubby and had a Fajita Fiesta at our place. Which was actually a really good thing, because it forced us to get a big home project done. {Pictures coming soon!}

It was so much fun decorating the dining room for the party. Because if there’s one thing that I associate with a fajita fiesta (other than fajitas), it’s COLOUR!  We turned our dining room into a little piece of colourful Mexico {with a bit of animal print thrown in for good measure ;-) }…

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Here’s our party group :-)


Jackson got in on the action too – he even got lei’d five times! ;-)


Our friends Sandy & Rob made these fantastic cake pops – half chocolate and half margarita. YUMMY!

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And I ordered a couple of dozen mini cupcakes from Sweets By Karen here in Ottawa – twelve chocolate & caramel and twelve lime. I told Karen that the theme was Mexican, and she came up with these absolutely awesome decorations for the little cupcakes. ♥ ♥ ♥

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How awesome is this cactus & rattlesnake cupcake? Every little detail is perfect, right down to the snake’s tongue!

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Thank you, Karen!

The sombrero was just a bit too small for hubby’s big head ;-)


And I can’t post a picture of Jackson and not Squirt – although she didn’t get lei’d, she seemed to have a good time at the party too :-)


Hope you all had a fun and festive holiday season, and best wishes for a great 2012!

Sydney Harbor bridge fireworksFireworks at Sydney Harbour, image via MX Large

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  1. Sounds and looks like you had a great holiday season, Kelly. Happy New Year!

  2. That looks like a fabulous way to ring in the new year! Happy 2012 to you Kelly!

  3. Looks like a fab party - love those cupcakes. Happy 2012 Kelly!

  4. Here's to lots of color in 2012 Kelly! You certainly started the year off right... all the best, Libby

  5. Now THAT looks like a fun party! What a clever idea and those cupcakes are too cute! Happy New Year!!

  6. That party table looks like it came straight out of a magazine - looks ab fab !!!!!! As do those cakes and cake pops !!

  7. Oops forgot to say HAPPY 2012 !! I only hope the New Year brings fun travels amongst other things !!!!!

  8. Kelly I love that you love Colour!! Beautiful images of fun times!

    A very Happy New Years to you and yours!

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  9. Love the party theme and all the decorations. The cupcakes are adorable, as are the party dogs ;)

  10. Beautiful, colourful post! Great images - love the exuberant colours you decorated with; with love and passion! Fab fireworks and great find in Sweets by Karen! (Just wondering, might she be the Karen who began in chocolate-making at Westgate, by chance?!) What cake pops, and Lucky Jackson looks so adorable! Happy Healthy New Year to all ;) Cheers!

  11. Your home looks so fun and festive. I am sure the guests had a great time!

    Happy New Year, Kelly! May this year brings you whatever you wished for and more!


  12. How fun! Looks so delicious too!


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