How We’ll Ring in 2017

Well 2016 was quite the year, no? Maybe that’s why so many of the women of Stylebook are opting to stay in and be cozy with family, friends, and food. But not all of us…

Madelyn Smith Orfitelli

I plan to party! OK, so maybe not quite the way I used to. At all. It’s a family-friendly soirée, low-key, and local (like, next door), but I shall not miss an opportunity to get glammed up. Glitter nail polish for me and the girls is a must. And of course it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without something sparkly for everyone: sequined costumes and glitter-y crafts for the kids, (lots of) champagne for the grown-ups. Yay for walking home! Probably by 10, ha!

Christen Kinard

I won’t lie. I am a fan of neither Halloween nor New Year’s Eve. Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July are my jam. It just always seems that expectations are set so high on December 31 that we inevitably fall short of meeting them. David and I have stayed home several years in a row now and always enjoy ourselves more than if we were to go out and celebrate.

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We are still going to indulge in the best way we know how: FOOD! I plan on having the experts at Society Fair help me put together the most amazing cheese and charcuterie selection along, with several kinds of bread. I fully intend on going WAY over the top! Then we will pop in a movie, snuggle up on the couch and ring in the New Year in our own special way!

Elizabeth Todd

What used to be a night of dressing up and toasting with friends has turned into a fight for the best spot on the sectional at our house on the Northern Neck. We start our sale around New Year’s Eve so I typically work that day, but once we close, we pack up the car and head to Kilmarnock. New Year’s Eve is typically followed by a day of not getting out of our pajamas and once again fighting for the best spot on the sectional.

Elizabeth Cestrone

I’ve never been a big New Year’s Eve girl. Since I started working at age 16, I’ve ended up working both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day every year, so my plans tend to be on the quiet side. This year I’m looking forward to a peaceful night at home with my sweet husband, a bottle of bubbly, and the fresh batch of cupcakes I’ll convince him to make.

Allison Taylor

Ever since I was a little girl, New Year’s Day meant watching college football bowl games.  That usually meant cheering on my alma mater, my brother’s alma mater, and my Dad’s alma mater, the University of Southern California (yes…THE TRUE USC…sorry South Carolina) in the Rose Bowl.  The tradition continues and I will watch any bowl in which USC competes!  But no bowl game is complete without my self-proclaimed World Famous Guacamole.  It is pure and simple…no American additions such as bacon (and I love bacon!) or sour cream.  Only ripe avocados, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and salt will do.  Not only do I love it with tortilla chips but I use it to top my turkey and sprout sandwich, eggs, and of course straight from the spoon.  Enjoy!


3T finely chopped white onion

4 serranos or jalapeños (or to taste) finely chopped

2T rounded finely chopped cilantro

½ t (or to taste) salt

3 large ripe avocados

¾ cup finely chopped tomato

Optional toppings


White onion

Chopped tomato

If possible, use a molcajete or mortar and pestle.  Grind the onion, fresh chiles, cilantro, and salt to a rough paste.  Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.  Mash the flesh roughly into the paste, mixing so the seasoning is well distributed.  Stir in the chopped tomato.  Top with extra cilantro, onion, and tomato if desired.  Serve immediately.

Sarah Hallee

I’ll be ringing in the New Year in Aiken, South Carolina with my amazing in-loves (aka. in-laws). We spend the earlier half of the evening playing family games and reminiscing. As midnight approaches, the adults head out to celebrate the ball drop bar hopping on the main street. However, I do miss First Night in Alexandria. This is our usual celebration and though I’m not there physically, I’m there in spirit!

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