Saturday,17 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1128, 27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013
Saturday,17 November, 2018
Issue 1128, 27 December 2012 - 2 January 2013

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Let’s party

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers.

With just a few days left before we usher in the new year, excitement is hanging in the air about the plans and resolutions that we’ve set out for ourselves.

Despite the daily emotional turmoil as we fret about our future in these uncertain times, we should not let despair get the better of us. Hope abounds with every new day and, even truer, with every new year.

New Year’s Eve is the best time to celebrate the coming of new opportunities anticipated in the new year. So dears, reconcile your energies to making the best out of the time left for this immediate year to end. 

If the security situation on the streets has left you apprehensive about going out to celebrate and you opt to stay home and enjoy a cosy gathering with loved ones, here are some tips to help you have a really good time and make it a night to remember.

- Decorate your house, or at least the room in which you plan to spend New Year’s Eve with: balloons, streamers, stars, confetti, lights and more. Party decorations don’t have to be expensive. Make part of the fun by having everyone including kids involved in making these fun accoutrements for your at-home celebration.

- Complete your party with silly hats, noisemakers, party poppers, top hats, etc. Sit down as a family and make your own package of these.

- As for food, let everyone decide together what they want to eat and prepare most of the meal before the evening begins.

- Use paper plates and plastic utensils just like at any other party — clean up is a snap.

- Set up some witty group games with cool prizes for winners. Make sure all age groups are included so that everyone can join in the fun.

-Try the good luck Greek New Year’s traditional cake Vasilopita at midnight on New Year’s Eve. This special cake is baked with a coin or charm hidden inside. The head of the household cuts the cake exactly at midnight. Whoever receives the piece with the coin will have good fortune throughout the year. So spend the day baking Vasilopita with your kids. At midnight, welcome in the new year with a sweet treat and a bit of luck!

As you get ready for 2013, resolve to make it your year of hope and give the gift of hope to those around you.

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