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Before we were married we would go to a party or a disco, then when we were newly weds we decided to do something different and booked in for a weekend at Langtry Manor in Bournemouth with our good friends Denise and Peter. It was an amazing New Years Eve. The hotel has such history, it was built in 1877 for King Edward VII for his mistress Lillie Langtry.
Then the children came along and we celebrated quietly at home, desperately trying to stay awake for Big Ben's chimes. As the children got to school age I made friends with other mums and we gradually introduced the husbands and a new little social group evolved. We would then take it in turns to host New Year's Eve and the adults would party downstairs and the kids would all be playing together upstairs - it worked well.
Then the kids became teenagers and started making their own plans for NYE, one of the other couples separated, another had a late addition to their family and so for one reason or another - that routine stopped.
My husband was then introduced to the husband of another friend and he started playing badminton with him and another couple of guys and a new circle of friends evolved. Fortunately, us wives already knew each other and got on well too. We were invited to join them for their NYE and so another phase was entered! We started actually going out for NYE again!
My friend's daughter married a guy who manages a new Italian restaurant in town and although they are not offering an official 'party night' we are going there for a meal tonight. They are designing a new menu for one night only and I have no idea what is on it, but I am sure it will be good.
So - may I just wish everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year. It's been great getting to know everyone in 2010 and I look forward to many more fascinating blog posts in 2011.