Keep it SIMPLE! That’s our advice for celebrating the New Year.
You can make the night special without creating a fuss.
Start things popping with sparkling wine or champagne. Pick up a small carton of fresh raspberries or cranberries. Drop one in the bottom of the champagne flute and you have a specialty drink!
To make things really sparkle – stir a little cranberry juice in the bubbly and call it a poinsettia!
- Less is MORE! Ask everyone to bring a battery operated alarm clock (or set their cell phones with a fun ring tone for an alarm) Place the clocks all over the party area or a collection on a mirrored tray as a centerpiece. You know what happens at midnight – you’ve got ‘live’ music just like Times Square.
- Make a quick centerpiece by placing glittering ball ornaments in a wire basket or crystal bowl.
Fun Serving Ideas
- Use hollowed-out colorful bell peppers, cabbage, squash or round bread loaves for fun and colorful containers to hold veggie dip.
- Add a little swag to your glasses! Tie a little metallic curly ribbon to the stems! A different color of ribbon for each guest can keep drinkware from being misplaced.
- Bump up plain coffee served with dessert to an inviting espresso bar! Set up espresso carafes (regular and decaf) with extras for stir-ins and toppers.
Stir-Ins: flavored syrups, flavored creams or eggnog, cream and sugar
Toppers: whipped cream, ice-cream toppings, candy sprinkles, ground nutmeg or cinnamon
TOASTS (not so Trivial!)
Pour out some trivia to stir things up.
- Did you know the name ‘champagne’ is copyrighted? Only wine produced in the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne.
- Everything is considered sparkling by using the method champenoise.
- How many bubbles are in one bottle of champagne? 49 million
- Under pressure – The pressure in a champagne bottle is three times higher than in an automobile tire.
- Tub time! American actress Marilyn Monroe is believed to have taken a champagne bath. That would require about 350 bottles of the good stuff!
- How fast does a cork travel? Try 38-40 miles per hour. It pops out as fast as 100 mph then slows down!