|Girls in their finest|
|Feuerzangenbowle at Lipstickandlaptop's Christmas Party.|
I digress, back to the party..... Glad rags on, Partyzimmer suitably decorated, drinks bought, canapes made.... we were ready to rock and roll! And we had a great night - despite illness (Mr. Expat Emma) and bad weather (raining - thankfully the wind had dropped - that would have made the fireworks even more fun...) we managed to see 2013 in in style - think glamourous frocks, champagne cup, delicate canapes - you're about on the right lines (at least that's how I'm picturing it in my minds eye.....)
|Enjoying the Champagne Cup!|
The canape table groaned with samosas (unusually done in a 'fladenbrot' a flat Turkish loaf as there was a lack of pastry it seems in Dortmund that day - actually supplies were running low in Kettwig too...); blinis with smoked salmon and dill creme fraiche; sun dried tomato hummus; a plethora of other chips and dips and then (more) mince pies and Christmas cake!
|Ready for the Fireworks|
Then as the clock hit midnight - I'm not sure how we checked this as we didn't have Big Ben bonging in the background, we all toasted the New Year with a glass of Sekt and headed outside for the fireworks. The rain didn't deter us or dent our spirits at all - nor did it adversely affect the display - or the bangs! What is really lovely is that the whole community are out on the streets at this point, each doing their own small display but what you end up with is an ongoing, much bigger firework show than you'd have managed on your own.
|Seeing 2013 in with a bang!|