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Happy New Year, everyone! We ushered out 2011 with a bang, so why not welcome this year with something just as festive? Here are five (resolution-free) ways to celebrate 2012 today.

Champagne bellini bar

Toast to the new year. Use up leftover Champagne (or crack open a new bottle of bubbly) for fruity bellinis. To make, just puree your favorite fresh or frozen fruit in the blender and sweeten with sugar to taste. Peach is traditional, but strawberry and blackberry are equally delicious. Then, fill one third of a Champagne flute with the fruit puree and top off with the sparkler of your choice and a few fresh berries.  More ideas for a festive Champagne brunch >>

Enter to win the HGTV Dream Home.  Take a tour of the aptly-named great room, the modern kitchen and (my favorite part) the outdoor entertaining deck, then enter to win here at HGTV.com and again at FrontDoor.com. This could be the year you get that surprise knock on the door!

Watch all-new specials and premieres all day long on HGTV. Plus, tune in to the live and commercial-free Rose Parade tomorrow at 11 am ET/8 am PT. See the full program guide >>

How are you spending New Year’s Day?


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  1. [...] Us! Happy New Year + 3 Ways to Celebrate HGTV Design Happens Sun, January 1, 2011 2:00 PM UTC HGTV Design Happens Rate this story Share (function(){var [...]

  2. Susan Jeffries says:

    I SO enjoyed HGTV's presentation of the Rose Parade! The hosts gave just the right amount of description of the floats, how they were made, the materials used, the time it took for construction (and no obnoxious dialog – thank you!); the camera work was excellent, and the weather cooperated wonderfully. I hope you do this every year – and use the same hosts if possible. It was the best parade presentation! HGTV did a wonderful job of bringing us this iconic parade. I can't thank you enough.

    • meg says:

      My daughter said it was great. Unfortunately I didn't get to see it. Do you know if they will replay it?

  3. Guest says:

    The resident horticulturist was useless to the parade as the woman (sorry I didn't pay attention to their names) did most of the talking. I intensely disliked the guy at the beginning of the parade, I'd rather have had the time wasted with his innane comments devoted to seeing the horses, bands or more closeups of the floats. Frankly I will NOT be entering the Dream Home contest because I'm already sick of hearing about it! I've watched the Rose Parade since before it was nationally televised and was just a Southern California phenomenon. I am soooo very grateful HGTV has continued the telecast without commercials (loved the crack about "lick" and Philadelphia Cream Cheese) but please less innane chatter and Dream Home promotions.

  4. Janice Tokarsky says:

    I agree- the no-commercial coverage was great, but I really would have like more parade commentary and less HGTV promotion.

  5. Janice Tokarsky says:

    Re my previous commetn- the pre-show program on building the float was better than the parade itself! Will you be repeating it? HGTV is the only station I watch regularly, except for the news.

  6. P B says:

    I'm confused; it looks like there are two bedrooms on the first floor (the guest suite and then one the other side of the kitchen) according to the floor plans. But then, I see no photos of the second room nor do I see it on the video (with the exception of a "powder" room he shows). So, are there actually FOUR bedrooms in this home? The master suite, two guest suites and then the bedroom between the kitchen and media room??

  7. J.H. says:

    I just wanted to post about the bellinis. These were a delicious way to use up the champagne with brunch on Jan. 1.

  8. Hey there! Good post! Please inform us when we will see a follow up!

  9. Owen Falah says:

    You have brought up a really amazing details , thanks for the post.

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