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NYE Takeout Options in Orange County

Posted by on Dec 30, 2020 in Events, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

WATER GRILL For the ultimate in DIY seafood for New Year’s Eve, shop the popular Market Sale at Water Grill on December 31. Select from an extensive offering of shellfish–oysters, shrimp, mussels, clams, lobster and crab–to create a chilled seafood platter (offerings may vary). A variety of prep kits are available for easy cooking at home that include misoyaki Chilean sea bass, cedar plank salmon, sauteed Manila clams and BBQ shrimp. Fresh produce, artisan breads, dry-aged beef, desserts, wine and to-go cocktails may also be purchased. Water Grill provides concierge shopping to ensure safety. Thursday, December 31, 9am-3pm (8:45 entry for seniors) For more information, click here or please call 949.208.7060 AN QI BISTRO Indulge in an exclusive four-course New Year’s Eve dinner for two from the acclaimed House of An. Begin with squash and lobster bisque with chestnut...

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Five Self-Care New Year’s Resolutions for Moms

Posted by on Jan 1, 2020 in Family, Health, New Year's Eve, Parenting | 1 comment

Like many busy moms, I always hear the same thing. “You need to take more time for yourself.” This statement is easier said than done. Over the past couple of months, I have been focusing a lot of my energy on self-love and self-care. Guess what? I wish that I had started years ago. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, everyone has a list a mile long. While most have a list focused on weight loss, self-care is by far more important. Because once you begin taking better care of yourself, you’ll naturally lose weight. Plus, you’ll find yourself happier, less stressed, and able to enjoy the little things in life. These are five daily simple self-care practices that I began before the New Year. Caring for your skin Although this seems like an obvious thing to do,...

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2019 Orange County New Years Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Parties, dinners and tasting menus welcome the new year at some of Orange County’s hottest and most elegant establishments. The lux of Montage Laguna Beach beckons with a variety of dinner and drink options at The Loft, Studio and the Lobby Lounge. At the center of OC is Hotel Irvine with dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar and partying at Red Bar and Lounge. And to end the evening fashionably late is the always stylish Fashion Island Hotel offering a dinner party at Oak Grill and a hot countdown party with bubbles at Aqua Lounge. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH New Year’s Eve at The Loft: Four-Course Tasting Menu Tuesday, December 31, from 5 to 10 p.m. The Loft is serving an extra special celebratory Four-Course Holiday Tasting Menu prior to New Year’s festivities at midnight. Revelers might start with Vichyssoise...

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Toast to 2018 Aboard The Majestic Queen Mary

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Events, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 1 comment

Ring in the New Year with a night of captivating live entertainment, delicious food, and spectacular drinks culminating with one of SoCal’s top New Year’s Eve fireworks display on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Travel throughout the ship’s decks, ballrooms, and salons for one night of multiple celebrations including a live performance by well-known 90’s artist, Sir Mix-A-Lot. FIREWORK DISPLAY: Dubbed Southern California’s top fireworks display, the 15-minute-long fireworks show paints the night sky with exhilarating colors in-sync to New Year Eve themed music off the stern of the Queen Mary. NEW YEAR’S EVE ENTERTAINMENT: Grand Salon Sip champagne and sing along to exciting Los Chicos Del 512 Selena Tribute Band with live performances at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Windsor Salon Delight in the New Year’s Eve Buffet – Regional Cuisine of Mexico. Walk up only and seating starts...

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Ring in the New Year at Winter Fest OC

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Events, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Winter Fest OC, Southern California’s largest winter experience, invites you to ring in the New Year not once, but twice, with a special countdown, fireworks, and an unforgettable 3,000-balloon-drop at 6pm and midnight. The celebration begins early with not-to-miss meet-and-greets with PAW Patrol characters Marshall and Chase from 2:30pm to 9:00pm. Families are also invited to commemorate El Día de los Reyes, or Three Kings’ Day on January 6, where Winter Fest will host a traditional parade of three kings and a live camel at 5:30pm. Festive food, live entertainment, and camel viewing will take place all day to mark the cherished holiday. All the fun of Winter Fest continues through January 7, with OC’s largest snow play & slide area with real snow blown in daily, plus unlimited tubing down Snowflake Summit’s 150-foot mountain of ice, bounce houses...

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2017 Orange County New Year’s Eve Dining Events

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Dining, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Looking for somewhere to ring in the New Year? These are the hottest dining spots to ring in the New Year in Orange County. Ways & Means Oyster House 21022 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 All aboard for Ways & Means Hawaiian New Year’s Bash! Throw on your cheesy Love Boat costume and get ready for a night of music & dancing! Guests can enjoy themed cocktails, costume contests, and giveaways all night long! Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails 2607 Main Street Irvine, CA 92614 Start the year off in a charitable way with Andrei’s special New Year’s Eve menu (100% of the net profits are donated to The Andrei Foundation). For $89 per person, with an optional $30 wine pairing, guests will enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu, fun party favors and complimentary champagne toast at...

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Netflix New Year’s Eve Countdown

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

We are a member of the Netflix Stream Team It’s New Year’s Eve and time to countdown to a New Year with your children. What do you do to keep the kids entertained on New Year’s Eve? Have a Netflix New Year’s Eve countdown! Spend the evening watching one of the top ten shows on Netflix with your kids: Word Party, Puffin Rock, Luna Petunia, Beat Bugs, All Hail King Julien, Skylanders Academy, DreamWorks Trollhunters, Project Mc2, Fuller House and Chasing Cameron. Take some New Year’s Eve selfies, and then grab streamers for a New Year’s Eve countdown. Start the New Year off right by giving yourself the gift of sleeping in. Create a movie door hanger for your little ones with some Netflix show suggestions to watch when they wake-up, and while you’re getting in some extra zzzzz’s....

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New Years Eve Bash at Habana in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Dining, Family, New Year's Eve | 1 comment

We dined as a guest of the venue We were excited to find out that Habana in Costa Mesa created a great New Years Eve bash to ring 2017! “The End of Embargo” will usher in this New Year here at Habana with a classy, fun, beautiful environment feeling as if you decided to visit Cuba this year. Good news, you can do this locally in Costa Mesa. On a recent rainy evening, we walked through the door at Habana with a lovely, warm welcome as if we were visiting good friends. The inviting red glow around the bar area was full of smiling faces with a low whisper of conversation. We noticed intimate spaces in the restaurant both inside and out under the tree tops. The restaurant felt so inviting, but because of the taps of rain coming...

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Taste of Mesa

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Dining, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue I had the opportunity to sip on some cocktails and taste a few new items on the menu at Mesa. The ambiance at Mesa is sexy, and Chef Niki rocked it! Mesa is a perfect place for a date night or dinner with friends. I promise this place will have you feeling sexy too. Did someone say cocktails? I enjoyed a few of Mesa’s New Signature Cocktails and let me tell you; I could sip on them all night! From the Tempest infused gin to the Bonita Applebottom rye whiskey and the High Chi with kettle one, I was one happy girl. Each signature cocktail had its own unique taste, and you could taste that the mixologist put his heart and soul into each cocktail. I will be sipping on more...

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Ring in the “Noon” Year at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Events, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Pretend City Children’s Museum invites everyone to come celebrate the New Year, and ring in 2017 in the middle of the day. Their Confetti Countdown will celebrate the New Year four different times as midnight strikes in Bangladesh, Dubai, Athens, and London. Children will be able to get in the spirit with crafts including noise makers and party hats. “It’s Midnight Somewhere” Confetti Countdown Times: 10:00 a.m. (Dhaka, Bangladesh) 12:00 p.m. (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) 2:00 p.m. (Athens, Greece) 4:00 p.m. (London, England) Smart Art: We will be making Noon-Year’s eve noise makers, working with the numbers 1-12, and making your very own Noon-Year’s eve party hat to take home. Noise Makers – Come make a noise maker for our Noon-Year’s Eve Countdown. Party Hats– Join us in one of our community rooms to make and decorate a party...

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Orange County New Year’s Eve Dining 2016

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Dining, Family, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect place to ring in the New Year in Orange County? We have found the best restaurants in OC to celebrate the start of 2017! Reservations are highly recommended at these premier dining destinations. Old Vine Cafe 2937 Bristol St. Suite A-102 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 545-1411 Celebrate 2017 at Old Vine Cafe, where on NYE guests will have a choice of three tasting menus, The Original, The Veggie or The Vegan Tasting Menu, created by owner and executive chef, Mark McDonald. Wine pairings will be served with all 4-courses. $95 pp. Reservations required. HOLIDAY HOURS: Christmas Eve: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Christmas Day: Closed New Years Eve: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Dinner reservations only) New Years Day: Closed Coastal Kitchen 34091 Pacific Coast Hwy Dana Point, CA 92629 (949) 449-2822 Early birds...

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2015 Orange County New Year’s Eve Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Dining, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect place to dine on New Year’s Eve in Orange County? We have the scoop on the hottest and coolest places to dine in the OC before ringing in the New Year! LUCCA 6507 Quail Hill Parkway Irvine, CA 92603 What are you eating this NYE? It is your last meal of 2015 and LUCCA will make sure you end it on a high note. Chef Cathy Pavlos is offering a tantalizing menu filled with incredible specials like Mini Black Canyon Beef Wellington, Lobster Bisque, Clams, the Bronx style, and so much more! The celebration starts early so we can ring in 2015 with the New Yorkers! Hours are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – so join LUCCA for dinner and then go paint the town. For reservations, (949) 725-1773 Provenance 2531 Eastbluff Drive Newport...

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2015 Orange County Family New Year’s Eve Events

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Events, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

New Year’s Eve isn’t just for adults this year. There are multiple family-friendly New Year’s Eve events happening around Orange County. Enjoy ringing in the New Year with your children at one of these fun family OC Events. Discovery Cube OC 2500 N Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92705 Join us this year for a special family-friendly New Year celebration at Discovery Cube OC! This year’s festivities will take place in their state-of-the-art Showcase Theater, where guests can enjoy a Superhero Dance Party! Other activities include: – Countdowns & Balloon Drops (12pm & 2pm) – Ginger Ale Toasts – Green Screen Photo Booth Pictures – Hats & Horns to help celebrate the new year! Be sure to come dressed in your favorite superhero costume! Bowers Kidseum 1802 N Main Street Santa Ana, California 92706 Come celebrate the New Year...

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Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Disney, Featured, Holiday, New Year's Eve, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Families are invited to experience a rich cultural celebration at Disney California Adventure for a spectacular Lunar New Year Celebration. The celebration continues until February 22nd with entertainment, food, crafts and more from 11am to 5pm. Live Entertainment The highlight of the celebration is the live entertainment. Nobody does entertainment better than Disney, and the live show is colorful, bright and cheerful. Children can dance along with the ribbon twirlers, blow a kiss to Mulan or watch the giant blue dragon dance. The performance takes place directly in front of Paradise Gardens. Chinese Brush Painting & Calligraphy Guests can have the artist, Agnes Eng, write their name or special message in Chinese Calligraphy. The pieces of art are a special keepsake for guests to bring home from the celebration. New Year Wishes Small pieces of red paper are provided...

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Orange County Sends Out 2014 in a Winter Wonderland

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Featured, New Year's Eve, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Residents around Orange County woke up New Year’s Eve morning to a rare sight: SNOW! And this snow wasn’t just high atop Saddleback Mountain either.  For the first time in many residents’ memory, the snow level was low enough to actually play in! Amazing!  When my husband called me at 6:45am, fifteen minutes after he left for work, I thought it was an emergency (since he doesn’t usually call at that time) and frantically answered my phone. No emergency here; other than that he told me to throw the kids in the car as soon as they woke up and drive the 241 to get a good look at the mountains before the snow started melting. We did just that; teeth unbrushed, rain boots and jackets over jammies, and with just a quick stop for hot chocolate (because snow...

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New Year’s Eve Kid’s Mocktail Recipe

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Entertainment, Film, New Year's Eve, Recipes | 2 comments

We are a Netflix stream team member Are your kids ready to party like it’s 2015? The ultimate party animal, King Julien, is ready to party with your kids with his all-new series on Netflix, “All Hail King Julien.” In anticipation of the big night, we tested out this delicious kid-friendly mocktail recipe to serve to our kids on the big night. We started out with some fun mason jars and colored straws. Adding a rim of sprinkles to a glass is simple, and kids love it! To make a sprinkle rim on your kid’s glasses, dip the rim of the cup in corn syrup, and then dip into sprinkles. Hold the glass over the bowl of corn syrup for a few minutes until the dripping has stopped to avoid having the sprinkles slide down the cup. Ingredients: 1...

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2014 New Year’s Eve Family Events in Orange County

Posted by on Dec 28, 2014 in Events, Featured, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Happy New Year! Families in Orange County don’t have to spend the day at home on New Year’s Eve. There are multiple fun events for families to enjoy throughout Orange County on New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks Cruise Long Beach Harbor Family, fun and fireworks all culminate in this spectacular evening cruise on the waters of Long Beach Harbor. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Boarding at 7:30pm Fireworks show at 9:00pm Back to dock after firework show Huntington Beach Splash and Pancake Breakfast Huntington Beach Pier 2000 Main Street Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Ring in the New Year in grand Surf City style 9:00 am Registration / Check-in $5 Pancake Breakfast (until 11:00 am) 10:30 am Costume Judging & Award 11:00 am Welcome the New Year by splashing into the ocean! $20 ($30 on day...

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Holiday Cranberry Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Christmas, New Year's Eve, Recipes | 0 comments

Item received for review   When getting ready to plan your upcoming holiday party, welcome your guests with a flavorful cranberry champagne cocktail. The recipe is simple to make and all the prep work can be done ahead of time to avoid added stress during your holiday party. Feeling overwhelmed by what brand of champagne to purchase? ARIA is not only an affordable brand with an average pricing of $14 a bottle, but also boast sophisticated flavors. ARIA comes from the Penedes region of Spain outside of Barcelona from an estate that dates back to the 11th century. For this recipe, I used the ARIA Estate Brut because of its lively and refreshing tasting notes.   Cranberry Champagne Cocktail Recipe Ingredients: 1 cup fresh cranberries 1 cup sugar 1 bottle ARIA Estate Brut Champagne saucepan strainer (cranberries for garnish)...

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Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events in Orange County

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Events, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Ready for 2014? For those who have little kids, and can’t attend an all-night party in Orange County, there are a wide variety of kid-friendly New Year’s Eve events happening in Orange County this year. From a balloon drop at The Discovery Science Center to dancing Snoopy and the Gang, there is an event that is perfect for your family to ring in the New Year together this year! The Discovery Science Center 2500 N Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92705 Celebrate “Noon Year’s Eve” at the Discovery Science Center. The event will happen on December 30th and 31st from noon to 2pm. Dress like a superhero to join their dance party, take photos in front of their green screen, make sound effects at the Foley stage, and watch the balloon drop at noon and 2pm. The center will...

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Win a Night Stay at Pacific Edge Hotel and NYE Tickets

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Dining, Events, Holiday, New Year's Eve, Staycation, Travel | 1 comment

Sponsored The hottest New Year’s Eve party in Orange County is happening at The Deck on Laguna Beach, and the Bungalows at the Pacific Edge Hotel this year. The “A Roaring Affair NYE 2014” party is going to include a cocktail party, late night soiree, tasting dinner, and more. The Pacific Edge Hotel is hosting a giveaway for a one night stay at the hotel and two tickets to the NYE party for one lucky couple to win. There are just a limited amount of tickets left to purchase for the party – so I recommend getting them today so that you don’t miss ringing in the New Year at this fun celebration. The party will include: 7-10 p.m. – Cocktail Party & Tasting Dinner at The Bungalows The Bungalows will hold a highly-fashionable progressive cocktail party dinner. Guests...

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How to Stay Healthy and Get Fit in the New Year

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Featured, Fitness, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Is getting fit in 2014 one of your New Year’s Resolutions? Wondering how to stay healthy in 2014? We sat down with fitness expert Erin Woodbury to discuss ways that you can get fit and stay healthy in the New Year! What is the best tip for getting fit? My best tip is to not get caught up in resolutions. Fitness and health need to be priorities daily, not one big push once or twice per year. A resolution is usually stated once, and often, the statement is too vague. Committing to “get healthier,” or “go to the gym more often,” doesn’t claim a specific goal. Fitness needs to be a daily discussion people have internally, and out loud with others. The internal voice must be louder than the one that says, “I’m too tired to go to the...

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Family Fun at Knott’s New Year’s Eve Party

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Events, Featured, Knott's Berry Farm, New Year's Eve, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Knott’s Berry Farm was hosting a “family friendly” NYE Celebration this year. We have had season passes this year and have visited Knott’s numerous times over the past year. We had never seen so many young families enjoying quality time together, at Knott’s as we did on New Year’s Eve. There was fun to be enjoyed throughout the park. The big festivities began starting at dark, but since we are a little nervous about driving with young kids at night on New Year’s Eve, we had to miss the dancing and fireworks. We were still able to feel like part of the NYE celebration at Knott’s by following the fun on Instagram. When we first arrived at Knott’s Berry Farm, we started on some of our classic favorite Knott’s rides, The mailbox ride, cho-cho train and the hot air...

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