Shrimp, Garlic, Red Potatoes, Wine........How Could the Evening Not Have Been Great!

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Shrimp, garlic, red potatoes, garlic, baby reds, spicy sausage, garlic, corn on the cob, did I mention garlic? Oh....and all served on Newspapers. How could the evening not be perfect. And it was. I think it was the best New Year's Eve ever!!

My husband and I were at the beach for twelve days over Christmas and New Year's and we really couldn't decide what to do on New Year's Eve. At that last minute I canceled our dinner reservations at an upscale restaurant and headed to the grocery store. I bought all the ingredients to prepare a shrimp boil and I recommend it for everyone, even if you aren't at the beach.

Here's a little sampling of the ingredients:


Shrimp Boil


And of course the newspaper to dump everything on. A couple bouy candles added a fun touch.


Shrimp Boil Dinner


The aftermath......clean up is easy, just roll up the newspapers.


 Shrimp Boil


After dinner we relaxed and watched a movie, then about 10:00, yes I said 10:00 PM (when I am normally getting ready to snooze) we left for Pier Park in Panama City Beach. It was a beautiful warm evening and we strolled the streets of shops, restaurants and bars listening to the outdoor bands.

We hit Reggae J's rooftop for some Jamaican music, watched the Beach Ball Drop at Midnight and of course fireworks.


 Pier Park


Wonderful cuisine, great entertainment and I got to leave on my jeans, baggy shirt and flip-flops!

I want a repeat of this New Year's Eve next year!





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Mykael Marinelli
American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate - Key Largo, FL
The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador

Thats the way to ring in the New Year!!!  Sometimes it's what you DO as opposed to WHERE you go that leads to the most fun and great memories.  All the best in 2011.

Jan 04, 2011 04:43 AM #1
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Sounds like an evening impossible to top! Best to you this new year, Shar

Jan 04, 2011 04:47 AM #2
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Isn't that true Mykael. All the best to you as well.

Thanks Lottie, same to you. And yes, the evening was so fun.

Jan 04, 2011 04:54 AM #3
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Shar -  my husband and I would have LOVED that evening too!  Sounds perfect.  All the best in 2011 including Peace [inner and outer]  :0)

Jan 04, 2011 05:05 AM #4
Royal LePage Connect Realty - Toronto, ON

Happy New Year Shar and all the best to you!! Man that looks good and such a relaxed new year celebration too.  

Jan 04, 2011 05:08 AM #5
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

What a fun looking Shar, and hope you had fun in Panama City!   That dinner looks fabulous!   Happy New Year!

Jan 04, 2011 05:10 AM #6
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks Susan, same to you. And you gotta try the shrimp boil. It is so much fun. I'm praying for inner peace!! So far so good, ha.

It was so relaxing Donna. It was perfect. All the best to you in 2011 as well.

We had a blast Joan, thank you. Hard to get back at it. Happy New Year to you too.

Jan 04, 2011 05:24 AM #7
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Sounds like your holidays were wonderful. I like your idea of avoiding the restaurants. They tend to shoe horn everyone in on New Years.

Jan 04, 2011 09:15 AM #8
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I agree Janice.They have a way of adding extra tables. LOL

Ha, the beaches here in MN would not be a place I would want to be this time of year David.It was a whopping 6 degrees today. Squinting? How old are you? LOL Just kidding, it is hard to read the City name under lights of Pier Park. I guess I forgot to add 'Florida' after Panama City Beach in my wording, that would have helped.

Jan 04, 2011 11:58 AM #10
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Sounds like a perfect night for you and your sounds amazing too.  Glad you had such a wonderful vacation.

Jan 04, 2011 12:24 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Shar- I'm so sorry I read this....  I am now starving and it's 11:30 pm here.  Glad you had a great time.

Jan 04, 2011 03:37 PM #12
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thank you Roger. It was an super relaxing vacation, just what I needed.

Ha....sorry Kathy! It was so yummy I want to do it again this weekend!

Jan 05, 2011 01:14 AM #13
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Mmmmmmmmmmmm yummy - what a delicious set of photos!  Sounds like a great time!

Jan 06, 2011 02:38 AM #14
Tori Toth
Tori Toth, International - Howard Beach, NY
888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR

It looks good...although I don't eat half of that stuff. I love when you get serve on newspapers.

Jan 06, 2011 07:28 AM #15
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Thanks was yummy!

Tori, you'd have to pick your own ingredients and change it to "XXX Boil". LOL

Jan 06, 2011 09:16 AM #16
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

The guy with the tool belt & I would LOVE that kind of night too.  Great choice Shar!

Jan 07, 2011 03:15 PM #17
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