By the time New Year’s Eve comes around, I am tired
. December is a wonderful time full of parties, brunches, goodies, and hosting friends and family. But let’s be honest…after Christmas I’m wiped out.
However, there is no way I want to miss ringing in the New Year! I love to throw incredible parties but by December 31, we all have limited energy, time and cash.
So, here are a few tips to throw a no-fuss fabulous New Year’s party. I can’t believe I’m letting my secrets out, but I know that you’ll put them to good use!
Skip the “New Year’s” decorations from the party stores and shop the after-Christmas clearance racks! You can grab white, silver and gold things for an icy sophisticated look…
Or pick up red, black and white items for a more dramatic party.
Either way, you’ll save a lot of money and will have gorgeous decorations!
Take simple crowd-pleasing foods to a new level by adding a fun garnish or creative presentation. Shot glasses or clear votive holders are one of my favorite ways to add sophistication to any dish. For example, I poured Progresso Hearty Tomato Soup into these shot glasses, then balanced grilled cheese sandwich triangles on top with bamboo skewers (or just use toothpicks).
Fancy comfort foods are all the rage right now in the foodie world—who knew that grilled cheese and tomato soup could look so sophisticated? Plus, it’s inexpensive and a snap to make!
Another sanity saver is to pick foods that you can prepare ahead of time and reheat just before your party. Some of my favorites are Ham & Swiss Appetizer Cheesecake
and Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip
If you’re stuck in a food rut, think outside the box! Everyone has been to cocktail parties all month long, so why not ring in the New Year with a breakfast buffet? Serve up waffles and pancakes with all kinds of fruit toppings, syrups, whipped cream, sprinkles, sausage or bacon and make-ahead egg casseroles, like this Impossibly Easy Breakfast Bake
. It’s inexpensive and a huge crowd pleaser.
My family doesn’t drink alcohol but of course we want something fun and delicious to toast with at midnight! I always have an Italian Soda Bar for my guests and it’s a family favorite. Simply place various flavored syrups, clear soda and whipped cream on a table with fun glasses. Then, let your guests create their own favorite flavors.
If you’re looking for a great cocktail, JellyShotTestKitchen
has some amazingly creative ideas!
Whatever you do to ring in the New Year, all my best wishes to you! Here’s to a new year full of possibilities, happiness, and of course fabulous food!
What are your plans for New Year's Eve? Tell us below! Mandy Heaston is a busy mom, gourmet cook — and opera singer! Look for Mandy’s posts on Tablespoon, and check her member profile often to see what she’s cooking up!