Monday, December 31, 2012

Party 31: New Year's Eve Party

Majestic Glassware Set, from Z Gallerie

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY ACTIVITY:

Diamond Champagne Flutes, from Z Gallerie

Invite five to twenty-five friends over (depending on the size of your home and the amount of money and energy you can muster up) to celebrate the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012! Serve appetizers, finger foods and desserts, but no entrees - too much work after a month of 31 Christmas Parties!

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY DECORATIONS:


Rapid Ice Champagne Cooler, on Amazon


Gold Goblets, from Neiman Marcus

Remove as many Christmas decorations as you feel comfortable with; then dress up your home with silver or gold sparkles, glitter, tinsel and anything shiny.

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY MUSIC:

Auld Lang Syne Scene from "It's a Wonderful Life," on YouTube

Buy the "Auld Lang Syne" MP3 by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra on Amazon

Buy "Christmas Auld Lang Syne" MP3 by Bobby Darin, on Amazon

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY APPETIZERS:

Brown Sugar, Fig and Rosemary Walnuts Recipe, from Savoring Time in the Kitchen

Festive Crab Cakes Recipe, from Taste of Home


Mini Asian Crab Cakes Recipe, from Martha Stewart


Spicy Spinach Dip in a Sourdough Boule Recipe, from Restless Chipotle

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY BEVERAGES:

Champagne Jello Shots Recipe, from Erica's Sweet Tooth

Black Currant Champagne Recipe, from MyRecipes.com

Sorbet and Champagne Cocktail Recipe, from Martha Stewart

Honey Sage Gin Fizz, from How Sweet Eats

Merry Cranberry Margaritas Recipe, at MyRecipes.com

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY DESSERTS:

New Year's Eve Ball Drop Cupcakes Recipe, from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Snowball Cookies Recipe, from Chocolate Covered Katie

Moonstruck Chocolate Champagne Truffles, on Amazon


Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies, from MyRecipes

New Year's Meringues Recipe, from Make


Green Tea and Raspberry Trifles Recipe, from Raspberri Cupcakes

Peppermint Bark, by Williams Sonoma, on Amazon


BOOKS FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY PLANNING:



The Bubbly Bar, on Amazon

101 Champagne Cocktails, on Amazon

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY INSPIRATION:

New Year's Inspiration from Style Me Pretty

Sparkly New Year's Party Inspiration, from 100 Layer Cake

Shimmery Silver and Mocha Dessert Table, from Hostess With the Mostess

Peppermint Twist Party, from Hostess With the Mostess

RELATED LINKS:

How to Decorate Your New Year's Eve Cake (Amelie's House)

How to Pour Sparkling Wine (CHOW)

New Year's Eve Cookies (Bake at 350)

New Year's Eve Party Food Ideas (Mommy's Kitchen)

New Year's Tree (Our Best Bites)

Non-Alcoholic Cocktails for New Year's Eve (CHOW)

A Simple Ice Cream Cake for New Year's (The English Kitchen)

6 Fun New Year's Eve Party Ideas (The Glitter Guide)

30+ Appetizers for Your New Year's Eve Menu (Foodie Bride)