11 New Year’s Party Secrets!

Since I have never hosted a New Year’s Eve party, I am an unlikely sharer of secrets to making it a good one. HOWEVER. I HAVE attended my fair share of awesome parties across half a century to ring in new years and journeyed to the ends of the interwebs for peeks at creative party details. So 11 New Year’s Party Secrets is about to spill the TEA (which is urban slang for beans, and no, I have no idea why it wasn’t tea in the first place since beans are a solid we typically drop or flip but don’t spill).

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Will you be partying for New Year’s Eve or Day?

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I plan to celebrate a New Year’s baby’s birthday, but I’ll probably be tucked in before midnight! Which reminds me. You don’t have to do the late night cocktail party thing.

1. Make it Brunch.

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Pssst. The Secret: Party at Noon.

There are no rules when it comes to how you decide to ring in the New Year or celebrate with your peeps. If brunch is more your style, do brunch. Put on your favorite music, make a mini layer cake like mine, and light a few candles. Boom. You’ve baked someone happy.

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2. Get Yer Bubbly Lovely On.

In my house, it is always cake o’clock.

Aren’t these cuties festive and understated at the same time?

New Year's Eve Dessert: Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream! Pizzazzerie.com
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Psst. Secret Behind Those Bubbles!

White Shimmer Sixlets 56pc Image #1
White Sixlets Candy

3. Puttin on the Ritz!

Whether yours is a black tie affair or not, think of the smiles these will bring!

Pssst. Secret of the Tux!

4. Make it Strikingly Sweet!

One of my favorite songs of all time will maybe bring back some memories for you if you’ve reached a certain age…this video is from before airstreams were cool…

Not the song to play to get the party started though!

Play Morris Day instead (saw The Time in concert this year, and they were awesome)!

Don't let time run out! These fun chocolate covered Oreo Cookie Clocks are perfect for your New Years Party!
Sweet Cookie Clocks.
11 New Year’s Party Secrets! Entertaining inspiration…certainly lovely indeed. Party ideas, and recipes for New Year’s Eve and holiday gatherings.

Pssst. Secrets to Clock Making!

Wilton Silver Sugar Pearl Sprinkles, 4.8 oz.
Silver Sugar Pearls

5. Shimmery Backdrop, Batman!

If your Christmas decor disappears on December 26th – here’s a simple idea.

Pssst. Secret Shimmer Sauce!

6. Midnight Magic Wands.

These would be wonderful all winter long!

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7. The Marshmallow Tini: 2 Ways!

Have you ever made a marshmallow tini? These sound delish.

#1

Psst. Secret to That Sweet Rim!

Rim your martini glasses with marshmallow fluff, then dip in graham cracker crumbs…genius!

#2

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Marshmallow Tini.
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Pssst. Secret Tini Tools.

8. Candle Cocktail Centerpiece.

You’ve gotta love an alternative to fresh flowers that is this simple!

Pssst. Secret Stabilizer!

9. Not Yer Mama’s Puppy Chow.

Just when you thought you had seen every version of this stuff.

Easy white chocolate puppy chow with gold sprinkles and edible gold stars! This is perfect to make for New Year's Eve!
White Chocolate New Year’s Puppy Chow.
11 New Year’s Party Secrets! Entertaining inspiration…certainly lovely indeed. Party ideas, and recipes for New Year’s Eve and holiday gatherings.

Pssst. Intergalactic Golden Secret!

10. Truffle My Feathers, S’il Vous Plait!

There’s something about these vegan chocolate truffles that sparks the imagination. Think of the toppings you could coat them with! Beautiful AND tasty.

A variety of homemade chocolate truffles. This vegan dark chocolate truffle recipe is so easy and makes the perfect edible gift.
Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Pssst. Le Secret is Quality!

Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate

11. Cheese, Please Fest!

You know I love to graze!

Beautiful colorful cheese boards and charcuterie platters with wine by Hello Lovely Studio
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Simple cheese, charcuterie, and graze boards make for simple casual entertaining with next to no stress.

No matter what you call your boards of glory (cheese boards, cheese platters, charcuterie boards, or graze boards), it’s all lovelyspeak to me! What could be easier than assembling your favorite cheeses, nibbles, and nuts and then serving them casually with wine, cocktails, or alcohol-free punch? Punch? Find our family eggnog punch recipe in THIS STORY.

When Food Becomes Decor

Beautiful colorful charcuterie and cheese platters with apples and pears by Hello Lovely Studio
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Rustic wood boards are easy to find everywhere, and here are some lovely olive wood options:

How simple can you keep the shindig? You can even skip a fancy floral arrangement and spring for a branch in an old jar. This branch is from the burning bush just outside our front door.

Still life with vintage door, apple, pear, and aqua bottle with branch by Hello Lovely Studio
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11 New Year’s Party Secrets! Entertaining inspiration…certainly lovely indeed. Party ideas, and recipes for New Year’s Eve and holiday gatherings.

 Secrets Behind a Beautiful Cheese Board

1. PLATTER MATTERS. Select a beautiful board or three.

Shop for new wood or marble boards or trays with a smooth surface.

2. CHOOSE THE CHEESE. Decide on a few different varieties of cheese, charcuterie, fruits, nuts, crackers, etc.

In terms of cheese, there are honestly no rules you must abide by beyond simply choosing what you love. If a stinky cheese gives you a headache, do not consider it! I love fruit-studded cheeses, and it doesn’t hurt that they add a great variety of color. As for charcuterie, I love the ease of pre-sliced coppa, proscuitto, and salami.

3. SLICE THE LOVELY. Slice some of the strawberries, pears, charcuterie, and cheese.

If there’s any secret at all, it’s this: leave some of the fruit and cheese whole, and also slice some of it. A few strawberry, fig and pear slices will add interest and beauty to the board. Slice the charcuterie thinly (if it didn’t pre-sliced) and dice some of the cheese into bite-size chunks. Simply style apples and pears on the table around the board for color and added beauty. Prepare the grapes: with kitchen shears, cut the stems for small individual bunches.

4. JOYFULLY ASSEMBLE! Artfully arrange ingredients on the board.

Begin with the largest items (cheese, meats, crackers) and then fill in, paying attention to what pleases your eye as far as color. Have fun with it!

Serving wine with this delish? I like to leave choosing wines to Martha Stewart Wine Co

Colorful tablescape with cheese boards and wine by Hello Lovely Studio
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Peaceful vignette with vintage door, branch, and farmhouse table with cheese and wine by Hello Lovely Studio
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* Cheese Fest Shopping List *

Wine – Martha Stewart French Rose

Triple creme brie, cow’s milk

Longhorn Colby – cow’s milk

Chèvre – goat milk

Canadian Cheddar – cow’s milk

Parmigiano Reggiano – unpasteurized cow’s milk

Wensleydale with Cranberries – cow’s milk

Peppered Salami, SalamiCoppaProscuitto

Kalamata olives, green olives, red and green grapes,
dried cranberries, pears, strawberries, blueberries, figs

Roasted peanuts, Smoked almonds

Assorted gluten-free crackers

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Party on, lovelies.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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10 Comments

  1. leigh
    December 30, 2018 / 5:28 am

    Your blog always gives me joy, peace and calm…plus wonderful ideas. I love your quotes and collect many of them…Thank you for your blog and for your zest for life! You are an inspiration!Happy New Year and wishing you much joy, health and happiness….

    • michele
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:02 am

      What a blessing to read your words this morning. Thank you kindly. Happiest of new years to you – may 2019 bring peace and joy in full measure! xox

  2. December 30, 2018 / 8:49 am

    Love these ideas! The older I get, the more that brunch idea sounds the most appealing! Happy New Year!
    Cheers!
    Shelley

    • michele
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:01 am

      I hear you! Just hearing ‘brunch’ puts me in a good mood. Thanks so much for reading – peace to you right where you are! xox

  3. December 30, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Great ideas Michele! I love the little clocks and the tux & bow tie crackers!! Brunch makes it even better!! Happy New Year, Ms. Style Queen!!!

    • michele
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      Me too! Brunch for everyone! I think my blog readers are brunchers…can I do a blog spinoff called BRUNCH, PLEASE?

  4. Mary
    December 30, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    This post is going with me to the grocery store. In general, cheese boards have been challenging for me…., 😳mental block, I guess but not anymore, right?! Loved the creative craft ideas, especially the fringed paper streamers. So cool. Happy New Year, Darlin’!

    • michele
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 2:43 pm

      Happy New Year – so happy you found an idea or three! xox

  5. Joanna
    December 30, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    We’ll be having a quiet New Year’s Eve this year. But, still I like to make something special to enjoy with a glass (or two) of wine. Staying up till midnight gets harder as you get older so, I gave myself permission to celebrate at 11:00 instead.
    I love doing up cheese boards. They are easy, fun and creative! I keep some meats and an assortment of cheeses in the fridge at all times. Add some crackers, fruit and preserves (champagne infused raspberry & mango are favourites) and you have a thing of beauty. Oh, and nuts.
    I’m so glad I found your blog. You have such a tender heart and love the things of beauty that speak to me. So, I’d like to say Thank You!
    Happy New Year, Michele!
    ~Joanna

    • michele
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      December 30, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      I’ll have to find that champagne infused raspberry…yum! I’m thankful for your support and always inspired by your thoughts. Happy New Year, friend!

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