Celebrate / Houston, TX

Houstonian New Year’s Eve

The past couple years, we’ve had some intricate New Year’s Eves that included flights, MARTA, expensive event tickets, trying to find something for dinner, finding a place to stay, midnight snacks that ran out way too quickly, bad champagne, occupied taxi cabs and porta potties. Yes, we had fun, and yes, it was a lot of work. Now in my opinion, if you’re dressed in sparkly clothing, cheap champagne and porta potties should be out of the question. So this year, we drove a few miles to The Houstonian for a classy and simple New Year’s Eve.


The New Year’s Eve package included everything you’d possibly need to have an amazing celebration. We had a wonderful room to stay in, dinner with wine pairings, a casino, a party room with a live band and DJ, more drink tickets (for quality alcohol) than we could use, New Year’s props, passed warm croque-monsieurs, and a New Year’s brunch buffet. What more could you want?

Now, for a little NYE fashion…

NYE at The Houstonian

Pisarro Nights {Dress}

IMG_2741Kate Spade {Earrings} and Marc Jacobs for Target {Clutch}


Here’s my up-do created by the talented Aimee at the spa. It was the first up-do I’ve ever loved, and I kept messing with it and basically had destroyed it by the time I got this picture! It certainly didn’t help that it rained all.day.long.



We had dinner at Manor House, which is right next to the hotel. BEST MEAL OF MY LIFE. The Manor House is more intimate than Olivette and has a warmer atmosphere. I’m glad I chose it because normally it’s used for special events during dinner, and I probably won’t have the chance to go back!


Once seated, we were presented with our menus (rolled up and tied with a silver Houstonian bow) and a glass of champagne. Cheers!


I went against my normal ordering tendencies, and I’m so glad I did. What an experience! I’ve never had a meal with wine pairings, and it was crazy how much more I liked each wine when sipped after a bite.

IMG_2651For the first course, E had the Duck Risotto {Duck Confit, Roasted Chestnuts, Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Mascarpone}. It was paired with Oregeny Pinot Noir, Green Valley, Russian River. E said the risotto exploded on his tongue after drinking the wine!


I had the Pear Salad {Preserved Kumquats, Prosciutto, Toasted Walnuts, Baked Ste. Maure Cheese, Treviso, Aged Balsamic}. It was paired with Terrazas Reserve, Torrontes, Argentina.


E had the Prime Dry Aged New York Strip {Maitaki Mushrooms, Confit Dutch Creamer Potatoes, Arugula, Red Wine Reduction}. It was paired withTerrazas, Single Vineyard Malbec, Mendoza, Aregntina.


I had the Chilean Sea Bass {Vanilla Almond Cream, Roasted Beets, Grapefruit, Frisee}. It was paired with Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand. OMG. That vanilla almond cream sauce. It tasted like a dessert sauce, but with the grapefruit and the wine, it was absolutely perfect with the fish. I usually hate grapefruit, but it made the dish.


For dessert, E had Tres Leches {Rum Milk Syrup, Vanilla Cream, Swiss Meringue, Blueberries}. It was paired with Moet & Chandon, Nectar Imperial. He is such a fan of tres leches now! Isn’t it a beauty? Prettiest one I’ve ever seen.


Hold your breath. This is a Chocolate Macaron {Jivara Whipped Ganache, Raspberries, Sugared Almonds}! It was paired with Grand Marnier 100 Year Old Anniversary.




And bon bons to finish.

I would have been perfectly content with ending the perfect night on that note, but there was more fun to be had and more champagne to drink!




We hit up the casino room first, where I ran out of chips within ten minutes, and E left with $305,000 (in chips)!


Then we made our way to the ballroom where the Fried Ice Cream Band was playing.


IMG_2710NYEThere was a good mix of young and old, plenty of room to dance and we never had to wait to get a drink. Where did you spend your New Year’s Eve?

Here’s to the bright New Year
And a fond farewell to the old
Here’s to the things that are yet to come
And to the memories that we hold
May God be with you and bless you
May the best of this year be the worst of the next
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward

Happy 2013!




2 thoughts on “Houstonian New Year’s Eve

  1. Pingback: Houstonian Hotel Review | KiKiMac

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