A new year is approaching, and I’m one of those souls who always feel energized by the FRESH START. Whether 2019 treated you kindly or brought heartache, it surely kept bringing us all lessons and new wisdom. These New Year Inspirational Quotes & 9 Party Ideas are meant to inspire and encourage.
If you’re in the mood for sillier quotes, plenty were shared in this post celebrating pets. 🙂
New Year Inspirational Quotes & 9 Party Ideas
I’ll be ringing in the new year with friends at a concert so if you host a party or attend a swell one, I’d love to hear about it. Many of these ideas would easily adapt to a birthday celebration, shower, or a shindig for no good reason.
1. Serve Small Bites for Brunch
What to serve? Well, what pairs well with champagne for you? Here are a few delicious prospects from around the web:
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TAKE AWAY: Party at noon rather than midnight.
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, bake a bundt or frosted cookies, and light a few candles. Bada boom.
2. Hello Lovely Bubbly Sweets Buffet
Whether you make them yourself or buy them (you can even order theme cookies online now!), champagne and time-related cookies are a fun treat to serve.
Ever wondered how to ice cookies this way (the technique is called flooding)? Let’s dig in and learn in a just a couple of minutes!
Aren’t these cuties festive and understated at the same time?
TAKE AWAY: Decorate homemade or pre-made cupcakes with these bubbles!
3. Black Tie Affair
Whether yours is an informal New Year’s Eve or not, think of the smiles these snacks might bring!
TAKE AWAY: Here’s the secret behind that black tie.
4. Stick With a TIMELY Theme
Create a playlist that recalls time – there are just sooooo many songs that do. Here’s a fav that may stir up memories for you..watch and be transported back to the 80s…
Of course, that tune may trigger more tears than cheers so turn up Morris Day instead (I see them every year in concert now!)
TAKE AWAY: Save TIME and create these decadent non-bake clocks
5. Fringe-tastic Backdrop
There are so many cool decorating ideas, and you may have luck starting HERE to get your creative juices flowing.
If your Christmas decor disappears on December 26th – here’s a simple idea to decorate for a New Year’s Eve party.
TAKE AWAY: Just add shimmer!
6. Marshmallow Starry Wonder
Kids of all ages appreciate a magic wand when it is this delicious.
Marshmallowtini: 2 Ways!
Have you ever made a marshmallow tini? These sound delish.
Secret to that yummy rim? Rim martini glasses with marshmallow fluff, then dip in graham cracker crumbs!
TAKE AWAY: Sweeten the party menu and shake it up with delicious (and fat free) marshmallowy goodness.
7. Super Easy Silver & Gold
Here is a silvery centerpiece alternative to fresh flowers that is refreshingly simple and reflectively lovely!
TAKE AWAY: Use a secret stabilizer to anchor candles.
Just when you thought you had seen every version of puppy chow, there’s this impossibly elegant gold variety…
Have you ever used edible gold stars???
8. TIPSY Truffles (to Serve or For Favors)
How about a slightly tipsy truffle to serve with those marshmallow-tinis? It only takes 1 minute to learn the method:
There’s something about the idea of vegan chocolate truffles that simply sparks my imagination. Think of all the possible toppings to pair with a good chocolate! Beautiful AND tasty.
But which chocolate?
9. Ultimate Graze for Holidaze
Oh, gurrrrrl, you know I love to graze!
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 my easiest family
eggnog punch recipe in THIS STORY.
Let the Nosh Live Large as Decor
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.
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…
* Cheese Fest Shopping List *
Wine – (let Martha Stewart pick ’em!)
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
Kalamata olives, green olives, red and green grapes,
dried cranberries, pears, strawberries, blueberries, figs
Roasted peanuts, Smoked almonds
Assorted gluten-free crackers
I swear I am not insane and think anyone is going to throw together a New Year’s Eve bash in the next 3 days…so BE SURE TO PIN THIS TO YOUR HOLIDAY and QUOTE BOARDS AND TAKE A WHOLE YEAR TO GATHER IDEAS FOR 2020!
Peace to you right where you are.
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