New Year Inspirational Quotes & Best Holiday Inspiration Ideas & Recipes

There was such an abundance of holiday decor inspiration, I broke the recap into two parts…part 1 is HERE. New Year Inspirational Quotes & Best Holiday Inspiration Ideas & Recipes brings encouraging words, links to stories you may have missed and ideas for deliciousness to ring in 2021 even if it’s just you and your quarantine crew.

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New Year Inspirational Quotes & Best Holiday Inspiration Ideas & Recipes

A new year is just 26 days away, and I’m one of those souls who draws energy from a CLEAN, NEW FRESH START. If you were awake in 2020, you deserve a break in 2021. The year brought so many heartaches and life lessons that I think we all lost count. I pray that a new year will bring unprecedented blessing to our hearts and souls.

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Festive Holiday Finds & Quotes…hello frugal finds indeed.

If you’re in the mood for sillier quotes, plenty were shared in this post celebrating pets. 🙂

Last year found me ringing in the new year with friends at a concert, and this year such a gathering could have deadly ramifications. What a difference a year makes!

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New Year Inspirational Quotes as well as Holiday Inspiration
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Magnificent architecture and staircase in the Atlanta Home for the Holidays Showhouse with architecture by Harrison Design and Design by Chris Holt. Photo by DHCPhoto
Photo: DHCPhoto; Design: Chris Holt; Architecture Harrison Design – Atlanta Home for the Holidays Showhouse – Get the Coastal Christmas Look

1. Small Bites for an Intimate Brunch

What pairs well with champagne for you? Here are a few delicious prospects from around the web:

Pecan and Boursin stuffed Dates and Happy New Year - Imagelicious. New Year Inspirational Quotes as well as 9 Party Ideas.
Boursin Stuffed Dates – Imagelicious
Cheese and Tomato Tarts with a rich tomato ragu and creamy béchamel sauce encased in shortcrust pastry. The best vegetarian lunch! New Year Inspirational Quotes as well as 9 Party Ideas.
Tomato Cheese Tarts – KitchenSanctuary – New Year Inspirational Quotes as well as 9 Party Ideas.
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Boursin is an easy, elegant 3-ingredient appetizer that ALWAYS gets rave reviews! #appetizer #easy #asparagus #prosciutto #3ingredients #easyrecipe #springappetizer #thatskinnychickcanbake
Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus – ThatSkinnyChickCanBake

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TAKE AWAY: Celebrate at noon rather than midnight.

Nobody says we have to ring in the new year at a particular hour. If brunch is more your style, do brunch. Put on favorite music, bake a bundt or frosted cookies, and light a few candles. Bada boom.

2. Bubbly & Sweets

New Years Eve Cookies - KraftyKreations2014 on Etsy. New Year Inspirational Quotes as well as 9 Party Ideas. #cookies #newyearseve #champagnecookies
Champagne Decorated Sugar Cookies – KraftyKreations2014 on Etsy

Whether you make them yourself or buy them (you can order theme cookies online), 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 below festive and understated at the same time?

New Year's Eve Dessert: Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream! Pizzazzerie.com. New Year Inspirational Quotes as well as 9 Party Ideas.
Bubbly Champagne Cupcakes – New Year Inspirational Quotes as well as 9 Party Ideas.
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TAKE AWAY: Decorate homemade or pre-made cupcakes with these bubbles!

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3. Black Tie Affair

While there may not be black tie NYE parties to attendin 2020, think of the smiles these snacks could bring!

TAKE AWAY: Here’s the secret behind that black tie.

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Simple and elegant country French farmhouse Christmas tablescape and placesetting - Rocky Hedge Farm. #tablescapes #placesetting #holidaytable #frenchcountry #farmhousechristmas #holidaydecor
Rocky Hedge Farm…in case you admire Simple Holiday Tablescapes

4. A TIMELY Theme for Family Dance Parties

Not sure we’ll be up to it, but if I had my way, I’d be ringing in 2021 with a living room dance party with family. Create a playlist that recalls time – and there are a ton of possibilities. Here’s a fav that may stir up memories for you…watch and be transported back to the 80s…

But if that tune triggers more tears than cheers, turn up Morris Day instead (we see them live every year!)

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Enchanting pastel Christmas gingerbread cookie village tower on a pedestal in a lovely kitchen @freshlyfuji.
@Freshly Fuji – Make it a Pink Christmas…hello charming indeed.

TAKE AWAY: Save TIME and create these no-bake treats

Don't let time run out! These fun chocolate covered Oreo Cookie Clocks are perfect for your New Years Party! New Year Inspirational Quotes as well as 9 Party Ideas.
Sweet Cookie Clocks
Wilton Silver Sugar Pearl Sprinkles, 4.8 oz.
Silver Sugar Pearls
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5. Fringe-tastic Backdrop

Let’s face it, it will likely make sense to pin these cool decorating ideas for NEXT YEAR’S shindig (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 photo op.

TAKE AWAY: Just add shimmer!

French Christmas decorating ideas from an amazing house tour of country French design from The French Nest Co. #christmasdecor #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frenchchristmas #whitedecor
The French Nest Co Interior Design – Joyeux Noel Inspiration

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.

#1

Hungry Couple: S'mores Martini
Recipe at Hungry Couple

Secret to that yummy rim? Rim martini glasses with marshmallow fluff, then dip in graham cracker crumbs!

#2

TAKE AWAY: Sweeten the party menu and shake it up with delicious (and fat free) marshmallowy goodness.

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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???

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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.

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

But which chocolate?

Guittard Bittersweet Chocolate
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9. Ultimate Graze for Holidaze

Oh, gurrrrrl, even though cheese is now an issue for this fan, you know I still 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 my easiest family eggnog punch recipe in THIS STORY.

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My Petite MaisonSwedish, White Christmas Inspo

Let the Nosh Live Large as 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:

If fresh flowers are in short supply, don’t overlook branches right outside your door.

Still life with vintage door, apple, pear, and aqua bottle with branch by Hello Lovely Studio
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 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!

Colorful tablescape with cheese boards and wine by Hello Lovely Studio
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Drinking wine with this delish? I like to leave choosing wines to Martha Stewart Wine Co

Beautiful cheese boards and wine on a white farmhouse table by Hello Lovely Studio
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* 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

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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Peaceful vignette with vintage door, branch, and farmhouse table with cheese and wine by Hello Lovely Studio
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New Year quote - an inspirational quote to encourage and energize for the fresh year ahead. #newyearquotes #inspirationalquote #encouragement #hellolovelystudio

BE SURE TO PIN THIS TO YOUR HOLIDAY and QUOTE BOARDS AND TAKE A WHOLE YEAR TO GATHER IDEAS FOR 2021!

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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10 Comments

  1. December 28, 2019 / 7:29 am

    Thanks for the beautiful inspiring quotes today Michele! I think 20 more hugs every day is a good new year’s resolution!

    • Michele
      Author
      December 28, 2019 / 3:31 pm

      It’ll be tricky for me both days, but I agree! 🙂 Happy New Year, lovely.

  2. Joanna
    December 29, 2019 / 4:40 pm

    As we enter a new decade, we should strive to live life to the fullest every day. And, yes hug more!

    2020 = perfect vision hmmm 🤔

    • Michele
      Author
      December 29, 2019 / 10:17 pm

      Glad you agree – 2020 is such a nice number! 🙂 Happy New Year’s Eve’s Eve Eve.

  3. Fitoru mct
    January 25, 2020 / 3:18 am

    I love reading inspirational quotes. Whenever I feel down, I look for inspirational quotes that can uplift my spirit and motivate me to go further.

    • Michele
      Author
      January 25, 2020 / 8:40 am

      Words are so powerful, and I’m so glad we can fill the internet with uplifting ones. Thanks for reading.

  4. December 6, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    Absolutely beautiful pictures and quotes. Thank you Michelle. I appreciate all your time and energy you put into your post everyday. God Bless you and your family.

    • Michele
      Author
      December 6, 2020 / 6:34 pm

      It’s lovely to have you here soaking up the inspo and cheer – thank you so much for reading and peace to you right where you are.

  5. Mumbai
    December 7, 2020 / 9:04 am

    Love all that quotes and of course the always beautiful pics you insert into your blog. But the most inspiring was the saying from A.Lincoln……Anyway…it’s time to glow but we all start like a coal becoming a diamond. That’s can be
    a loooong way.

    • Michele
      Author
      December 7, 2020 / 1:04 pm

      So true – the waiting while we are still coal can be brutal. We are always looking for shortcuts to get that glow! Thanks for reading and joining me from Spain on this crisp December morn. Have a lovely day, lovely. xox

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