Ringing in the New Year in 1870!

Meri Brown17 comments

Here we are at the end of yet another amazing and eventful year, ready to welcome 2018! For my family, we will continue our tradition of joining together on New Year's Eve, playing games, eating some of our favorite foods, and ending the night banging on pots and pans in the middle of the cul-de-sac at midnight. I always start the new year watching the famous Rose Parade, then we continue the day bouncing around from house to house visiting, watching movies and playing board games, basically just soaking up the last of the holidays and spending time together as a family before life has to go back to normal again.

In 1870 the same year Lizzie’s Heritage Inn was built by my great-great-grandparents, families would have had a slightly different take on ringing in the New Year…

New Year’s Day was a day for gentlemen—especially young, eligible bachelor gentlemen—to go from house to house making New Year’s Day calls. Ladies would get together to hold open houses on New Year’s Day, with punch and buffet snacks at various homes. The men would go from house to house sampling the food and punch, and leave a calling card and sign an autograph book at every home they visited.

The Des Moines Leader newspaper listed before New Year’s in 1874 that:

“Our New Year’s callers will not be disappointed this year, for the ladies will very generally throw open their houses, and New Year’s will be a merry day. The following ladies will receive at their homes . . .”

Thanks to the Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project historic food research site, we are able to share with you a punch recipe for your own celebration. The recipe can be served with or without alcohol.  It is from La Cuisine Creole, published in New Orleans by Lafcadio Hearn in 1885.

A Fine Temperance Beverage

To the juice of a dozen lemons put one pound and a half of double refined sugar, and a picked quart of raspberries or strawberries; pare a ripe pineapple and slice it, put over it half a pound of sugar, stir the lemon juice with the sugar, crush in the berries slightly bruise the pineapple and chop it up in small pieces.

Put the lemon juice in a large punch bowl, add to it three quarts of ice water, then put in the strawberry and pineapple juice, stir it until all the sugar is dissolved, and then set it on ice.

Serve in punch glasses.

Champagne Punch

Add to the above mixture a bottle of champagne, and a bottle of white wine, and you have a very delicious punch for festive occasions!

 

From all of us at Lizzie’s Heritage Inn, have a very happy and safe New Year!

 

17 comments

John and Tara Harris
John and Tara Harris
We are booked to stay in May. Super excited to see southern Utah and this beautiful place.
Cindy
Cindy
Mari, maybe some day we will take a girls trip to your place . Will you be there to greet people ? Congrates on the new place!
Susie M Cotton
Susie M Cotton
I just watched the show I’m so glad that you have found something that makes you happy. Good luck.
Ruth Smiley
Ruth Smiley
Meri— I’m so delighted for you, that you’ve been able to realize your dream of getting this beautiful house back in the family. I live in the Seattle area and discovered Utah a few years ago and love it, especially southern Utah. DH and I are trying to explore as much of the area as possible and the next time we’re in the area, we’ll be sure to book a stay with you. Just wondering…does your house a/c? I actually wouldn’t want to be in that area during the summer—too hot! But I was just wondering. Are you open at Christmas time? I can just imagine how pretty the place would be, if you’re open. All my best wishes for a lot of success and happiness, Ruth Smiley Kirkland WA
Nancy Hobbs Roberts
Nancy Hobbs Roberts
Congratulations on the opening!
Terri Collingwood
Terri Collingwood
Hi from uk What is there to do and see there? Would love to come x
Donya Clay
Donya Clay
Hi Meri, Just wanted to take a moment to tell you how happy I am for you. Congratulations and best wishes to you for the new year. I am hoping to make it that way one of these days. I would love to come stay in your B&B.
Simone
Simone
Good luck Meri on your new adventure.
Deb Hahn
Deb Hahn
Was curious how much is it to stay a nite in the b and b
Chris
Chris
Happy New Year Meri and staff. Meri, I`m so happy you were able to get your family house. Congratulations and I wish you great success!!!!
Le
Le
I’m so happy for You. What an awesome new venture and so sentimental. Is Christines Mom still going to help run it?
Sue Erni
Sue Erni
Good luck with your new venture Meri!! My friend and I are discussing the possibility of opening a B & B…. it’s amazing you are able to do it in a home that your family built, and continued to live in for so many years…It’s beautiful and I know you will do an amazing job…I live all the way in Pennsylvania. But, my friend and I plan on taking a girls trip this year and I hope to visit Lizzie’s as part of our vacation…It’s wonderful to see the happiness this brings you- it is well deserved!! Take care and best of luck to you!!
Mindy Ventura
Mindy Ventura
Meri, I have to tell you…out of all the wives you have gone through the fire and come out shining as gold. I wish you well on all your endeavors. Keep your chin up!
Terina Wimberly
Terina Wimberly
HAPPY NEW YEAR,
Rita Richmond
Rita Richmond
Love the idea of a 1870’s recipe in your blog. May Lizzie’s have a great year. God bless you
Jenn
Jenn
So excited for your new endeavor! I live the inn so much, it’s wonderful. Happy New Year!!!
Bobbi Jean
Bobbi Jean
Thank you for sharing this. I feel like I step back in time and can really picture everything you’re talking about. How exciting and festive it must have been. The stories that the walls of Lizzie’s Heritage Inn could tell. Happy New Year to you all with love, from our family to yours.

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