It seems that people have mixed feelings about New Year’s.  Some are of the “hey, it’s just like any other day” mindset, while others (myself included) think it’s as good a reason as any to get together with friends and have a great time.  And it usually seems to involve sequins or sparkles, which I also love.  This year many of our friends are home with new babies (yay!) so our plans tonight will be on the low-key side, but I guarantee that even at home with kids, we will make sure everyone has a great time.

If you do have plans, whether you are hosting or attending elsewhere, I thought I’d propose a festive treat idea.  French macarons filled with champagne Swiss meringue buttercream.  The perfect reason to test out your newfound macaron-making skills!  The champagne flavor is a bit subtle since it’s tough to add much without ruining the filling, but no matter.  It’s still there and paired with a glass of champagne, well…I’d say it’s just perfect.  Another fun idea would be to fill some macarons with strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream to make a little play on the classic pairing of strawberries and champagne.  As if I needed another reason to make that strawberry amazingness.  Gah.

Whether you have big plans, small plans, or no plans at all this evening, I hope each and every one of you has a very happy New Year!  Thanks for being such a wonderful part of my 2012.  I’m looking forward to much more fantastic food and great conversation with you all in 2013.