New Year's Eve Suggestions


We welcome Christmas Eve on Wednesday, December 24th, and of course, Christmas Day on December 25th. For many of us, that’s one of the most exciting days of the year. And of course, kids everywhere love the sights and sounds of the joyous Christmas holiday.

But a mere six days later, friends will be asking, “So, what are you doing New Year’s Eve?
Don’t fret if you’re simply “Hanging-Out!”
Be advised, “That’s doing something!”
Many are going out for a lovely meal, others are gathering with friends at someone’s home, or in a restaurant, or at another destination, while still others simply haven’t a clue as to how to celebrate December 31st, 2014.
Be advised, “Twenty-four hours after December 31st, we’re all heading into the year, 2015!”

Below are some suggestions as to what to do for New Year’s Eve, 2014! Should you have a few ideas you’d like to share, simply email me your special thoughts.  I’ll be happy to share them with our loyal readers!
WHAT: Morristown becomes a downtown-wide New Year's Eve party, with 200 artists and 80 performances at 24 venues. All are within walking distance of the town's historic Green. The events are family-friendly and alcohol-free. Two fireworks displays will take place at 9:15 p.m. and 12 a.m. Children's activities will begin as early as 4:45 p.m. To keep the festivities going, an emcee will be on the Green beginning at 7 p.m.  
WHEN: 4:45 p.m. to 12 a.m.
WHERE: 46 Washington St., Morristown
Cost: $20 per person. Children under 4 are free.

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* Pairings in Cranford: Food Celebrating Togetherness....New Year’s Eve 2014... To begin: Foie gras, day boat scallops, roasted grapes, apples, roasted root vegetables, fontina val d’aosta, grilled radicchio, pork belly crisps, hot toddy gelee.
Risotto, Oregon black winter truffles, lobster risotto, hen of the woods mushrooms, wild boar ragu, basil risotto and others. Plat Principal; beef tenderloin, purple cauliflower,  duck breast, confit ravioli, Dover sole, saffron, cream, spinach, kale sauté, squash stuffed with faro, chick peas. Sweets for the Sweet: Hazelnut truffles, blood orange ganache, lychee truffles, green tea, coffee, decaf. Bring your own wine.  Cost: $98 per person.  Pairings, 10 Walnut Ave., Cranford. Call: 908.4026.

* GRILLSTONE, New Year’s Eve Celebration
Cost: $45 per person: 4 Course Special New Year’s Eve Menu: (not including tax and gratuity);Includes 1 bottle of champagne per couple. A la Carte Main Menu Available: Live entertainment; Complimentary Champagne toast at Midnight: Open Seating Available. Call for Reservations:908.889.8000 GRILLESTONE Restaurant, Bar and Private Events, 2377 Highway 22 West, Scotch Plains.Call: 908.889.8000.

The Shannon Rose
Premium all-inclusive package: Live DJ, Passed Hors d’oeuvres, Chef’s Table Dinner Buffet, Open Bar and Late Night Snacks.
Cost: $75 per person
Clifton Commons on Route 3 East, 88 Kingstand Road,
Call: 973.284.0200
Ramsey, 1200 Route 17 North at Franklin Turnpike.
Woodbridge: St. Georges Crosssing, 855 St. Georges Avenue. Call: 732.636.6199

Come and Celebrate our First New Year’s Eve in Westfield. Enjoy Crispy. Tasty, Korean Double Fried Chicken, Freshly Pressed Sugarcane Juice, and Korean Inspired Specialties, all set to a Sountrack powered by 7,000 Vintage LP’s.

The Celebration starts at 8 p.m. Enjoy a special menu. Complimentary Champagne Toast and a Night to Remember. Rooster Spin, 251 North West, Westfield,

Happy New Year 2015 from Luciano’s in Rahway
Come Celebrate the New Year with Good Food, Good Music, and Great Company.
The exciting menu features a Five Course Dinner, Champagne Toast, Party Favors, Dancing, and Standard Open Bar, plus Valet Parking. Cost: $145.00 per person. (Excluding Tax and Gratuity).
Dinner: 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Dancing: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Luciano’s will also be serving their Ala Carte Menu from 3 6 p.m. Luciano’s Italian Ristorante and Lounge, 1579 Main Street, Rahway: Call: for Reservations and Information: 732.815.1200

Find Your Way to Darby Road in Scotch Plains
Serving their regular menu with creative specials for New Year’s Eve. Call for reservations and information. Darby Road Public House & Restaurant, 450 Park Ave., Scotch Plains: 908.288.7667. Just remember, All Roads Lead to Darby Road.

MKB: Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.  Contact her at

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