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Truth is, New Year’s Eve is one of my absolute favorite nights of the year. Sure you get to kiss someone at midnight but what I really love about it is pure celebratory nature of the holiday. The presents are all taken care of, the family obligations are complete for the season and the anticipation of what the coming year may bring can be felt in the air!
It’s an opportunity to gather with friends, pull out that shiny dress or tie, eat fantastically gourmet foods and sip on bubbly beverages without any guilt. So let’s grab opportunity by the horns and pull out all the stops for your festive New Year’s Eve buffet.
A must have on New Year’s Eve is champagne, prosecco or another bubbly beverage.
The best way to serve your champagne? Ice cold! A clean glass ice bucket, like this one from True Fabrications is perfect for the job. Some wait until just before midnight to pop open the bubbly however, I prefer to celebrate with a frosted flute all night long.
Speaking of flutes, my new obsessions are these dishwasher safe plastic flutes from govino. THE best stem, or should I say stemless-ware for a party where you may be concerned about a glass being dropped or broken. Excellent for around the pool but also great around kids or adult revelers who may not hold onto their glasses tight enough.
Of course every festive New Year’s Eve buffet needs a pop of glam and Chilewich Gold Dahlia coasters do the trick with style and remind your guest to protect wooden surfaces.
By adding a few simple décor touches, such as festive gold confetti party hats and white hydrangeas accented with metallic beads, your buffet will be a stress-free zone ready to welcome guests to the new year.
For the menu, keep it easy and festive with appetizers that you can eat with one bite and a cheese and charcuterie with breads and crackers is a must. Another quick and chic addition is whipped blue cheese piped into purple endive leaves topped with candied walnuts. On New Year’s Eve anything goes so don’t hold back – create a menu filled with anything you dream of.
Most importantly celebrate the past year and all the opportunities to come in the next! See you there!