Ringing in the New Year!

Happy Tuesday readers!

How were your New Years?

Mine was so much fun--two of Bryce's hunting buddies that he's grown up with have an annual New Year's party at their family's home on the James River in Charles City, Virginia.

We arrived Saturday afternoon and started our day with some shooting on the dock!

Ear Protection is always key!

absolutely gorgeous!

Bryce ready for action!

I'm a horrible shot, but I think it is so fun!

I love these I captured from a floating dock below--the lighting makes a really cool silhouette, don'tcha think?

I love this picture!

After shooting lots of rounds, the group headed up to the house to begin preparations for dinner! 

The sunset was gorgeous and so, of course, I snapped some more pictures as we all got ready and munched on appetizers.

It was a feast--we had venison and duck that all the guys had hunted as well as bacon-wrapped dates, smoked salmon, wild rice, mashed potatoes, and kale salad.  The table was also set gorgeously!

Once the meal was ready, the rule for seating was that everyone had to sit boy-girl, boy-girl and could not sit next to their significant other (the group was mostly couples).  I really liked this rule, because it allowed for me to get to know some of the different people in the group.  Bryce snapped some pics from his end of the table!

aerial view of the table

After dinner we enjoyed a plethora of desserts and some Catch Phrase!  A s'more station was also set-up by the fire!

We danced in the New Year and had a group-wide countdown!

Shortly after the stroke of midnight, we snapped this picture!
I originally was going to wear a sequined cocktail dress, but because I wasn't sure how formal the occasion was, I went with this dress that could be dressed up or down and was happy with my choice!

We ended the night with some fireworks and sparklers!

It was a fabulous New Year's, but I'm also realizing my nights of partying into the early morning hours are coming to an end--I think Bryce and I went to bed sometime around 1 am!

How was New Year's?  What did you do to celebrate?


  1. I KNEW you would do something so fun! Happy New Year to you! Love your dress!!! XOXO

  2. What a perfect night! Happy New Year!

  3. Love the dock pictures! Cameron and I's first date was shooting skeet off of his parents dock! :)

  4. You two are totally adorable and I vote you couple of the year! What a fun and beautiful day and a perfect ending with that beautiful dinner. Cheers to a great 2012!

  5. Looks like a wonderful New Years! I love all of the shooting pictures...so beautiful! I am going to start working on JCW for my own gun...Happy 2012. xx

  6. The husband and I just had a lovely night in, which was perfect. Your night looks like so much fun. I love the boy-girl rule. Happy 2012!

  7. Looks like you had a wonderful time ringing in 2012! Hope your year is off to a wonderful start!

    Great pictures by the way!

  8. What a fun new years and you can't beat the view! Love your dress...always safe for any occasion!

  9. Look at you!!! Looks like y'all had a great time...awesome photos too! Hope you have an amazing year in 2012!!!

  10. this looks like a lot of fun! My family just did dinner out

  11. This looks like so much fun! Love the dress you chose! And what a fun seating rule! Happy New Year!

  12. gorgeous girl!! shooting over the water looks like a dream!

  13. Love those pix of trap shooting...curious...were you guys using steel shot since you were shooting over water? I'll wait here while you ask Bryce....
    Great post...the menu sounds delicious and Happy New Year!

  14. What a fun New Years! Beautiful pictures!

  15. Y'all are adorable and WHAT A NIGHT!

    I had to smile b/c I gave my husband those earphones/protection for Christmas. He's picking up hunting after a long absence.

    You look absolutely gorgeous and what a fun bunch of friends.
    Looks like 2012 is going to be YOUR year! Enjoy!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  16. You look great. Happy New Year! We had a quiet evening at home.

  17. It looks like a fun way to ring in the New Year

  18. looks like a fun and relaxing way to ring in the New Year! Love that rule of sitting boy girl boy girl so more people get to know each other!

  19. Sounds like you had a wonderful NYE celebration! Gorgeous photos of you, Allie! I love that one of you and Bryce too!

  20. Wow, that is one fabulous New Year celebration! That table is amazing! And you definitely caught some magazine worthy shots out on the dock...so perfect! Hope 2012 is treating you well, sweets!

  21. Allie, this looks like so much fun!! I love all your pictures and the fact that you and Bryce always have such fun adventures! Love your dress too!

  22. Love the seating arrangement idea! Great photos on the dock. Happy happy 2012! xoxo

  23. trekking your blog!!! keep posting! Happy New Year!


  24. Looks like you had a great new year! :)

  25. How fun, what a great way to ring in the new year!

  26. This sounds so amazing!!! And i absolutely love the seating idea - I'm going to have to implement that with my friends soon!

  27. The table looks amazing!



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