Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one ― Brad Paisley
2015, we are fast approaching to write on the first blank page of the workbook.
OMG! When did 2014 fly by? It seemed only yesterday that 2014 paved its way upon us. And what an eventful year has it been!
Notwithstanding the global events that occurred, personally as well, it has been a tumultuous year for me.
Having said that, every year throws a new form of challenge for all of us, which we obviously face with grit and a smile on our face. So now, 2015 awaits us, opening arms wide, accepting us with all our who we are, trying to give us all love.
Does anyone of you love to make resolutions? I know only a few people follow the whole resolution thingy. But hey, every year we all should at least make a teeny-weeny effort to change a bit about us, don’t you think so?
For example for the current year (i.e. 2014), I had decided to cut down on sugary foods as I was getting a bit too chubby (LOL). Also, I was adamant to involve myself wholeheartedly into managing the affairs of Rustic Town Collection. Alas, both of these resolutions were quickly fulfilled.
Anyway, let's move on from the introspective mode to the cheerful Christmas festival season. Before 2014 bids farewell to us, let us all celebrate the last few days of the year with pomp and gaiety. We know there’s shopping, travelling, cheerfulness spirit and loads of food and gifts to relish!
I’m checking out social media posts of my friends and family members interspersed all over the world; everyone is happy and excited about this festive season. They are shopping their hearts out, eating, drinking, travelling to exotic destinations. Even my husband and I were planning to spend our New Year’s Eve on an overseas destination, but work-related issues forced to stay back here in India. So we’ve invited some of our closest friends at our home for the big countdown celebrations. I’ll be hosting a huge variety of savoring Indian delicacies like Butter Chicken, Masala Chicken Tikka, Dum Aloo, etc.
Anyway, I’m sure there must be other families like us who would be celebrating at home. Even if that happens, the party shouldn’t stop. Here are some of the party planning things that I’ll be doing on this New Year’s Eve. Hope you guys take cues from these tips and use them for your own get-together:
1. Music, Karaoke & Games
Without music, life would be a mistake - Friedrich Nietzsche
A fun family activity to countdown to the New Year, get your hands on a karaoke mike with built-in songs and set a musical mood in the house. Simply plug ‘n’ play, and let everyone shake off the initial shyness to sing mellifluous songs to commemorate the event. Further, for lovers of Hollywood, you can play Dumbcharade, a fun activity where you have to guess the name of the movie by simply acting out without speaking. It’s a sure shot ice breaker that really cracks up everyone.
Some must sing songs in your playlist? ‘Funky New Year’, by Eagles, and ‘Celtic New Year’, performed by Van Morrison.
2. Homemade Party Hats and other items
Bring home the spirit of the New Year in style by wearing fun-loving hats party! You can also try to make ‘secret bags’. It is a fun family activity to countdown to the New Year. Just fill your bags with ideas to do every hour leading up to the big event.
3. Q&A Sessions
Take a printout of 20 questions to use as a springboard to mull on the past year. A great idea for you, kids, and for the whole family. Ask kids to actively participate, answers all questions and set goals for the next year.
Now that the guests will enjoy the complete celebratory atmosphere, it’s time to gift. You can’t send them back empty-handed, can you?
While there are many homemade, ‘art & crafts’ style of gifts that can be given to the guests, I’d prefer to special guests a special gift – treating them with premium leather products from Rustic Town Collection. There are many options, ranging from Satchels, Messengers, Backpacks, Duffels, etc. Here’s what I’d like to gift them:
a. Leather iPhone cases
Keep your phone safe and stylish, this 2015, with vintage leather cell phone cases- A perfect way to house your device and keep it safe from unexpected situations.
These handmade leather cell phone cases keep dust and grime away from your iPhones and give you a stylish streak in front of everyone.
If there’s one thing everyone should do, it’s to keep a journal in 2015.
Let us all encourage the art of writing in 2015 with pure leather bound journals. Document all your ideas in these journals. With classic engravings and hard leather cover, the journals get a distinct look. Further, you can also keep your journals safe by locking them with buckles or key-based locks.
c. Vintage leather covers for iPad
For all those who love their iPad, don’t look elsewhere for an iPad cover– they are right here.
The look and feel of these wonderful cases cover your iPad completely into a comfort zone.
Thus, these are some of my ideas for ‘thing-to-do’ during New Year’s Eve. What are you going to do? Will you also stay back at home? Send in your comments below!
Hopefully, you get to enjoy the last day of this year happily.
Celebrate what you want to see more of - Tom Peters
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